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Vikings break away from G.V.

Posted: February 4, 2014 9:43 p.m.
Updated: February 4, 2014 9:43 p.m.

Valencia senior guard Angel Cardenas said it felt like the rim was the size of a beach ball on Tuesday night.

That’s how well things were going for Valencia Vikings boys basketball, which ran away from the Golden Valley Grizzlies 74-34 in front of a modest crowd at Valencia High School.

Within the first five minutes of the game, the Vikings (18-6 overall, 5-2 Foothill League) were well in control with a 17-0 lead.

Cardenas led all scorers with 19 points, 15 of which came off of his five made 3-pointers. Valencia made a total of 11 shots from long range in the game.

“We didn’t want to take anyone lightly so we kind of came out and gave everything we had,” Cardenas said.

Valencia was taken down to the last few minutes last time it faced Golden Valley on Jan. 17, eventually ending in a 67-57 Vikings win.

Tuesday night’s game went down a much different path.

Golden Valley (8-13, 1-6) struggled to even get the ball down the court against Valencia’s full-court defense.

By halftime, the Grizzlies had committed 15 turnovers and scored just 14 points. Valencia led 45-14 at the break.

“We did all the things we needed to lose,” said Golden Valley head coach Dan Alon.

Golden Valley finished with 19 total turnovers, which paved the way for Valencia’s 21 fast-break points.

Malik McCowan was often the one scoring those easy baskets. He ended up with 15 points, while teammate Alex Sanchez added 10.

The Grizzlies were led by Jordan Watkins’ 12 points. As a team, Golden Valley made just 24 percent of its shots.

“It was a team effort today,” McCowan said. “It was fun. We were playing together, playing like brothers.”

McCowan scored eight of his points in the opening quarter, most of which were on breakaways following Golden Valley miscues.

Cardenas drained each of his first four three-points attempts, which helped the Vikings beat the zone defense and continued to build its lead into the third quarter.

Valencia pulled its starters in the fourth quarter.

With the win, the Vikings move into outright second place in league due to Canyon’s loss to West Ranch on Tuesday.

Valencia is two games behind league-leading Hart.

Golden Valley remains in fifth place.

“We’ve got three days to work on it,” Alon said of the loss.


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