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Hart tears Torrance

Indians cruise against 10-win Spartans team in Div. IIIAA

Posted: February 19, 2009 2:02 a.m.
Updated: February 19, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Hart's Parker Dominguez, center, bids for a rebound against South Torrance's Shawn Tan (21) and Lateef Smith (24) Wednesday at Hart High. Dominguez led all scorers with 20 points.

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Hart boys basketball picked up a 66-37 victory against South Torrance in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIIAA Wednesday.

Parker Dominguez led the way for the Indians (20-8, 8-2) with 20 points in his return after missing a pair of games with an injured hand.

“It’s big for us to get Parker back,” said Hart head coach Tom Kelly. “He’s a guy who gets after the ball and brings a lot to the court as far as scoring, rebounding and steals.”

Dominguez made a strong return by notching eight first-quarter points as Hart jumped out to a 20-10 lead in the first eight minutes.

The lead never dropped below double figures from there on, and the Indians scored 10 consecutive points to open the second.

“We knew what we were up against,” said South Torrance head coach Leo Klemm. “They know how to get their guys shots they can make, and they have a balanced offensive attack.”

The Indians led 37-19 at the intermission as the Spartans (10-18, 1-9) struggled to find any consistent offensive rhythm.

“I thought we played well in spurts,” Kelly said. “But we also played to the scoreboard at times. We need to play to our abilities at all times if we’re going to keep going.”

A defensive effort like the one the Indians turned in Wednesday is also key if Hart is going to keep moving on.

Dominguez, Ben Kimble, Brad Wyche and Patrick Abbott clogged the Spartan passing lanes, and Joe Inemer locked down the interior.

“I am proud our kids played hard tonight, and we have kids with character,” Klemm said of his team, which was led in scoring by Jonathan Gatlin’s 12 points. “We’re trying to build a program at South, and we know that we can’t do that immediately.”

The Indians pushed their spread to 23 after three quarters, allowing Hart to sit many of its starters in the fourth.

“I tell our guys that it’s not always the five best guys who win a game,” Klemm said. “How the five guys on the floor play together as a unit is crucial, and they did a great job of playing as a group tonight, and from what I’ve seen from them I think that’s one of their biggest strengths.”

Hart will look to maintain its cohesiveness Friday.

“It’s a quick turnaround for us,” Kelly said. “We’ll watch some film, and hopefully figure out how to play the right way.”

kdamore@the-signal.com

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