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SCV Hoops Finale: Kevin Harris MVP of boys game

Harris also wins dunk contest

Posted: March 23, 2013 10:57 p.m.
Updated: March 23, 2013 10:57 p.m.

Matt Edwards (32) of Canyon High drives against Jeff Ashburn (21) of Saugus during Saturday's SCV Hoops Finale at Valencia High.

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Quite simply, it was Kevin Harris’ night in the smaller picture.

In the big picture, it was the prep boys basketball seniors’ night on Saturday at The Signal’s fourth annual SCV Hoops Finale at Valencia High School.

The 2013 Foothill League Boys Basketball Player of the Year Harris scored 16 points in leading his Team Dark (seniors from West Ranch, Canyon and Golden Valley) past Team White (Valencia, Hart, Saugus and Santa Clarita Christian) 88-86 in the Santa Clarita Valley’s annual senior All-Star Game.

Not only was Harris the boys game’s most valuable player, but he was the slam dunk contest winner.

“We weren’t taking it seriously at first, but we started to pick it up. We had to get Golden Valley a win,” Harris said.

Golden Valley finished 0-10 in the Foothill League this season and Grizzly James Chevious said this event made that memory go away.

“I’m so happy,” Chevious said. “I had so much fun tonight. I’m so glad we got the win. This is the best day of my senior year.”

Earlier in the day, Chevious broke Golden Valley’s school record in the 100-meter dash at a track meet. Then he went out and scored 11 points for Team Dark.

It was close late.

Valencia’s Riley Honaker hit a 3-pointer with 55 seconds left to play to cut Dark’s lead to 86-84.

Honaker led his team with 16, but also had one of the highlights of the night when in the middle of a play, he took his jersey off revealing a T-shirt that read “Prom?” He ran into the stands and asked Valencia student Madi Boggio to the prom.

“She said yes,” Honaker said. “I came up with the plan a week ago. My dad told me to do it. It was the only option I had left.”

Back on the court and after Honaker’s three, West Ranch’s Ako Kaluna, who scored 15 points, was fouled.  

He hit two free throws to extend the lead to 88-84.

It was too big of a gap with too little time remaining.

Hart’s Stanley Wilder, who scored six points, hit a jumper as time expired to set the final score at 88-86.

For Dark, West Ranch’s Zac Nuttall added 10 points and West Ranch’s Cody Sanders and Canyon’s Park Mackenzie each scored nine.

Saugus’ Chris Lockwood scored 14 and Santa Clarita Christian’s Larue Nixon scored 12.

At halftime, the dunkers put on a show with surprise entrant Golden Valley’s Leon Jacobs — who didn’t play in the game — throwing down a dunk while jumping over Kevin Harris.

Harris, though, ended up outlasting Jacobs in the final, though.

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