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Prep boys hoops: Hart bounces back in 2nd

Indians trail at half before pulling out the win

Posted: February 2, 2013 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 2, 2013 1:55 a.m.

Golden Valley's Dominic Gully looks on as Hart's Lewis Stallworth scores in the second half at Hart High School.

 

After being punched in the mouth by the Golden Valley Grizzlies in the first half, the Hart Indians boys basketball team rebounded in the second half to secure a 75-50 victory on Friday at Hart High.

Down by three points at halftime, the Indians oustcored Golden Valley 46-18 in the second half to remain tied with West Ranch atop of the Foothill League standings.

“We didn’t make too many adjustments,” said Hart head coach Tom Kelly. “We just told them to settle down and play,”

Golden Valley (5-19, 0-8 Foothill League) controlled a 19-15 lead after the first quarter in large part to James Chevious’ four 3-pointers in the period.

Hart’s Lewis Stallworth struggled to find his shot in the beginning as he finished the first half with 10 points on 3-of-15 shooting.

“I’ve been shooting all week preparing, but I get out here and everything was flat,” Stallworth said. “Nothing was falling for me so coach wanted me to start driving and getting inside.”

Stallworth was more aggressive after the break as he went to the free throw line 12 times in the second half.

The junior guard finished with 28 points to go with 14-of-16 shooting from the stripe.

Hart (23-1, 7-1 Foothill League) also turned up the intensity on defense after halftime.

The Indians forced Golden Valley into numerous turnovers and limited the Grizzlies to just 4-of-25 shooting in the second half.

Foul trouble also hurt the Grizzlies.

Trailing 39-36, Golden Valley’s Leon Jacobs picked up his fourth personal foul with 3:33 to play in the third quarter and did not return until the seven minute mark of the fourth quarter.

At that point, Hart controlled a 53-41 advantage.

“It was devastating,” said Golden Valley head coach Al Vanhook regarding Jacob’s foul trouble. “He’s our workhorse. You take him out, and our options just aren’t there.”

Jacobs ended the game with nine points, while Chevious added 15.

Dominic Gully contributed 12 points and was a perfect 10-for-10 from the stripe.

Hart’s Myles Franklin was removed midway in the third quarter after reaggravating a tailbone injury he suffered in the previous game against Saugus.

He finished with 13 points before his departure.





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