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Hart Keeps Golden Valley Stuck on Zero

Posted: January 26, 2008 12:38 p.m.
Updated: March 28, 2008 2:02 a.m.
It didn't need to be said because the faces of the Golden Valley boys basketball players said it all.

One player in particular, Maverick Ahanmisi, wouldn't even look you in the eyes.
Head coach Chris Printz and at least one player looked like they had tears in their eyes.
The disappointed Grizzlies, still the only winless team in the Foothill League, lost on their home court 65-56 to Hart.
Hart is now even in the Foothill League at 3-3.
It's easy to gauge where the disappointment came from - a listless first half and a halted, wild comeback in the fourth quarter.
"Intensity wasn't up from start to finish," said Ahanmisi, who recovered from a rough first half to lead all scorers with 15 points. "These league games, it's not who's most talented, it's who's most mentally focused."
Hart was focused early and throughout the first half.
The Indians (17-6) started the game on an 8-2 run then continued to pound the Grizzlies.
A runner by Levi Wenrich closed a 9-2 run at the end of the second quarter and gave Hart a 39-18 halftime lead.
Golden Valley (11-10, 0-6) struggled from the field throughout the half and the team's top two scorers on the season, Ahanmisi and Trevor Wiseman, combined for just six points.
The turnaround came after a layup by Hart's Parker Dominguez, which gave the Indians their biggest lead of the game at 44-20.
The Grizzlies started to chip away, sparked by a 3-pointer by Ahanmisi with five minutes to play in the third quarter.
From that point to the 6:47 mark of the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies went on a 21-4 run.
The Grizzlies preyed on Hart turnovers - an Achilles' heel for the Indians all year - and an overall sloppiness.
"We stopped attacking," said Hart head coach Tom Kelly. "We stood around too much."
The activity picked up in large part because of Dominguez's energy.
The Hart center was aggressive in crashing the boards and was determined to score when he was in the low post.
He was the only Indian in double figures in the game, scoring all 11 of his points in the second half. The junior added 12 rebounds.
"They came hard, but we still fought them," Dominguez said. "It's like the Spartans - they go and fight to the very end."
But the Grizzlies cut a 24-point Hart lead all the way down to seven with 6:20 to play.
Chris Gill's ensuing layup followed by a Dominguez basket bumped Hart's cushion back to double digits, where it remained for a majority of the final five minutes.
An emotional Printz walked out of the Grizzlies' locker room well after the final buzzer - the disappointment all over his face.
"We were mentally lethargic, some might say emotionally lethargic and that's my fault," he said.
As for the Indians, there were positives, or one at least.
"It's a win," said Kelly matter of factly.
Notes: Prior to the game, Golden Valley unfurled a banner dedicated to Marcus Burns, who died July 7 from cancer. Burns was a former Grizzlies basketball player. ... Wiseman scored 11 points.


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