Hart falls to Coy­otes

Boys hoops: Cal­abasas uses timely re­bound­ing to claim lead over In­di­ans

The Signal - - Sports - By Diego Mar­quez Sig­nal Staff Writer

Tak­ing on Cal­abasas on Thurs­day in its se­cond game of The War­rior Clas­sic at Bishop Ale­many High School, Hart boys bas­ket­ball came out with an ag­gres­sion that was un­matched in the early go­ing.

Be­gin­ning the game in a full-court press, the In­di­ans over­whelmed the Coy­otes’ point guards with their con­stant ball pres­sure and off-ball help.

Down for most for the game, the Coy­otes were able to make a come­back in the fourth quar­ter, de­feat­ing Hart 75-66.

“I thought we played re­ally well for about 27 min­utes,” said Hart head coach Tom Kelly. “But we gave up four or five of­fen­sive re­bounds that lead to bas­kets late in the game. That’s just

a tough­ness thing. Re­bound­ing is not a skill it’s just about be­ing tough.”

Ju­lian Ver­rier and Jesse Bar­ri­en­tos car­ried the scor­ing load for Hart (1-6) in the first quar­ter with Bar­ri­en­tos driv­ing in­side the lane and dump­ing it off to Ver­rier for easy two-foot­ers.

Ver­rier led the In­di­ans in scor­ing with 12 points and Bar­ri­en­tos fol­lowed with 11 points in the con­test.

With Isaac Dee­don and Joey Harand be­gin­ning the game a lit­tle flat, Gar­rett Lewis was able to cre­ate things with his crisp pass­ing and hard drives into the lane, spark­ing a 6-0 run for the In­di­ans.

Harand fin­ished with 11 points and six re­bounds while Dee­don fin­ished with nine points and three re­bounds.

“We have never been a one­man team, every­body has a role,” Kelly said. “Lewis was re­ally good by at­tack­ing the rim and with a cou­ple 3-point op­por­tu­ni­ties. We need that from him.”

Head­ing into half­time, Hart led 35-29.

Cal­abasas (5-2) was able to cut into the In­di­ans’ lead in the third quar­ter by get­ting se­cond chance op­por­tu­ni­ties and knock­ing down cru­cial 3’s.

Dillon Bar­ri­en­tos an­swered for Hart by us­ing his quick­ness to get in the lane, spin­ning and us­ing his off-hand for the easy layup or find­ing Lewis down-low.

Head­ing into the fourth quar­ter, the In­di­ans held a four-point lead at 52-48.

Hav­ing the lead and in the bonus with un­der seven min­utes to go in the game Hart looked like it was in line for the win af­ter and a two-point bucket for Dillon.

Dillon fin­ished the game with 10 points and three steals.

Do­ing a great job of cut­ting along the base­line, the Cal­abasas guards were able to learn from their early mis­takes and find their bigs down low.

Ty­ing the game at 57-57 with just over five min­utes left, for the first time since the first quar­ter, the Coy­otes hit a free-throw to go up by one point the next time down the court and never looked back.

Hart gets an­other crack at a win in The War­rior Clas­sic as it faces off against host Bishop Ale­many on Fri­day at 5 p.m.

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