Ter­ri­to­rial win

Hart, Sau­gus and GV each pick up Fri­day night W’s

The Signal - - SPORTS - By Ryan Pos­ner Sig­nal Staff Writer

The stands and park­ing lot were over­flow­ing, the ver­bal jabs rained in from op­pos­ing stu­dent sec­tions and be­tween the lines, you bet it was a phys­i­cal game.

It was ev­ery­thing peo­ple have come to ex­pect from the Hart and Va­len­cia boys basketball ri­valry.

Hart got the last laugh Fri­day night, though, de­fend­ing its home floor with a 70-53 win over the Vik­ings.

“It was re­ally im­por­tant to set the tone right away,” said Whit­ten Dominguez, who led Hart with 20 points. “We just wanted to let them know Hart comes out strong . ... This is our place, so we don’t want any­body in here tak­ing it.”

Dominguez played a ma­jor role in set­ting that tone, scor­ing 11 of his points in the first quar­ter. Hart (14- 5, 2-0 Foothill League) went into the half with a 42-26 lead, cling­ing on to a chance thanks to 13 firsthalf points from CJ Fin­ley, who led the Vik­ings with 18 points.

“We let them con­trol the tempo,” said Va­len­cia coach Bill Bed­good.

Va­len­cia (5-11, 1-1 Foothill League) crept back within sin­gle dig­its on sev­eral oc­ca­sions in the sec­ond half.

A three-point play from Fin­ley and layup from Jay­den Trower brought the Vik­ings to within 58-47, with a lit­tle un­der four min­utes to play.

Luca Robin­son fol­lowed that with a three-point play of his own and Caleb Waldeck was fouled shoot­ing a 3-poin­ter, and hit all three free throws. Waldeck was sec­ond on the team with 12 points while

Robin­son added a team-high eight re­bounds to go with 11 points.

“At the half, we just kept talk­ing about con­trol­ling our emo­tions,” said Tre Har­rill, who had 11 points and six re­bounds. “We al­ready had a pretty big lead, so it was just go­ing to come down to us play­ing our style.”

Hart’s de­fense kept Va­len­cia’s post pres­ence un­der wraps for most of the night. Josh As­siff and Jay­den Trower, who both had 17 points in Tues­day’s win over Sau­gus, com­bined for 10 points. Dex­ter Akanno bat­tled foul trou­ble most of the night and fin­ished with six points.

“Hart did what it nor­mally likes to do, play a saggy man de­fense and pack it in, and we couldn’t pen­e­trate it in the first half,” Bed­good said. “... We started to play our game in the be­gin­ning of the third quar­ter but we just couldn’t catch them.”

Cory Sveiven added 11 points as well, giv­ing Hart five play­ers to score in dou­ble fig­ures.

“We’ve al­ways tried to be a team and not one guy,” said Hart coach Tom Kelly. “On any given night, we have a bunch of guys who can score the ball. You can’t just key on one guy.”

Sau­gus 78,

West Ranch 76 (OT)

Adrian McIntyre’s 3-poin­ter in the wan­ing sec­onds of reg­u­la­tion to bring the game into over­time and lead Sau­gus to its first league vic­tory. McIn­trye matched his ca­reer high of 46 points while Luke Bodeau added 19 points.

West Ranch moves to 1-1 in league play af­ter beat­ing Canyon on Tues­day. Sau­gus also ad­vanced to 1-1 in league ac­tion with the win.

Golden Val­ley 58, Canyon

51

The Griz­zlies pulled away for their first Foothill League win af­ter en­ter­ing the fourth quar­ter tied 37-37. Canyon dropped its sec­ond straight to open league play.

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Hart’s Tre Har­rill (22) goes for a shot dur­ing a home game against Va­len­cia as de­fend­ers try to stop him on Fri­day. The In­di­ans won the game 70-53.

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Va­len­cia’s Dex­ter Akanno (10) goes for a shot dur­ing an away game against Hart on Fri­day.

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