Tough night for de­fense

Boys hoops: Vikings keep it close in tour­ney

The Signal - - Sports - By Dan Lovi Sig­nal Staff Writer

Va­len­cia’s of­fense was work­ing like it usu­ally does on Wed­nes­day night, but the de­fense strug­gled against Camp­bell Hall, as Va­len­cia fell 77-71 at Her­itage Chris­tian High School.

Va­len­cia was able to keep pace with Camp­bell Hall for most of the night, trail­ing by only two points at the end of each quar­ter.

Camp­bell Hall was re­lent­less at

at­tack­ing the bas­ket and was able to get key of­fen­sive re­bounds, ex­tend­ing its lead in the fourth quar­ter and ul­ti­mately com­ing away with the vic­tory.

Va­len­cia coach Bill Bed­good be­lieves his team was sim­ply out­matched phys­i­cally. He didn’t see the ef­fort he wanted out of his team.

“We’re not be­ing phys­i­cal enough. That is a very phys­i­cal team. They are ag­gres­sive and I feel they were more ag­gres­sive than us tonight,” he said. “They kept com­ing on the glass and we weren’t phys­i­cal on our box outs. We weren’t re­bound­ing hard on the other end.”

Sharp­shoot­ing guard Jake Hly­wiak did his best to keep Va­len­cia in the game. He hit 5-of-9 3-point­ers

“Guys have to care more. I feel like guys don’t care if the other team scores, it doesn’t hurt bad enough.”

Bill Bed­good,

and made 8-of-9 free throws to fin­ish with 25 points and four re­bounds.

Se­nior for­ward Josh As­siff scored 20 points, but it took him 25 shots to get there. He also added eight re­bounds and two as­sists.

Bed­good said the of­fense hasn’t been the is­sue so far this sea­son. His team can score with the best of them. He be­lieves that if his team wants to reach the next level, they must shore up the de­fense and play hard for four straight quar­ters.

“We need to prac­tice de­fense and get bet­ter at it. Of­fen­sively we’re fine, but de­fen­sively we can be so much bet­ter,” he said. “Guys have to care more. I feel like guys don’t care if the other team scores, it doesn’t hurt bad enough.”

Va­len­cia will try to shake off the loss when it faces Granada Hills on Fri­day at 8 p.m. at Ale­many High School.

Va­len­cia boys bas­ket­ball coach

Sig­nal file photo

Va­len­cia’s Jay­den Trower looks to pass to a team­mate in a 2017 game. The Vikings lost to Camp­bell Hall on Wed­nes­day.

Camp­bell Hall 77Va­len­cia 71

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