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Scott's Moment

Posted: January 30, 2008 5:31 a.m.
Updated: April 1, 2008 2:02 a.m.
Valencia senior Terrez Scott has waited years for any shot, but this one was significant.

With seconds left at Hart High and the score tied between the Vikings and Indians, Scott swung the ball to his right, then received it back at the top of the key.
A point guard's first instinct is pass and it crossed Scott's mind, but as the urgency elevated, so did he.
Dribbling inside the paint, Scott threw up a short layup that rattled the rim and fell - the game-winner with six seconds left in a 62-60 Valencia escape.
The Vikings (17-6, 6-1) maintained their one-game lead in the Foothill League standings.
"I was waiting so long for one of those days," Scott said after the game. "I took it with confidence and it went in."
After passing up numerous open looks and struggling from the field in the third quarter, Scott decided it was time to take the biggest shot of his life.
After two years of disappointment - missing every game the past two seasons, save for a scrimmage his junior year, because of a back injury and ineligibility - Scott was urged by his father, Charles Warren, to come out of his shell.
"Oh my gosh, it's like a sense of relief," said Valencia teammate Skyler Seymour, who led the Vikings with 17 points, of the shot. "You trust in this guy. He's such an intense guy."
Relief was all over the face of Valencia head coach Rocket Collins in the corridor leading to the Valencia locker room.
He took a moment before talking to his team, stared at the ceiling, then blew out a sigh.
"It's tough to win," he said. "(Hart head coach) Tom Kelly, he does a great job. It doesn't matter the talent level, that they lost their best player. They played hard."
Collins alluded to the absence of Michael Montgomery, who was a sacrifice from the last meeting - an 82-55 Valencia victory on Jan. 11.
In that game, Hart (17-6, 3-4) committed numerous intentional and technical fouls, one belonging to Montgomery - who was subsequently dismissed from the team.
This meeting was clean and Hart wanted it bad.
"I wanted to win this one for all the naysayers who said we couldn't win," an emotional Kelly said after the game.
After one quarter, it didn't seem like a win would be possible.
The Vikings jumped out to an 8-0 lead and took a 23-14 lead into the second quarter.
The lead slightly increased to 40-30 at halftime, then the Indians' defense stymied the Vikings.
Slowing down the usual uptempo Vikes was a key, as was the offensive aggressiveness of the Hart backcourt.
Indian Levi Wenrich, a pass-first point guard, and Brad Wyche, a 3-point-happy guard, left their games at home for one day.
In place was an attacking the rim Weinrich and create-his-own shot Wyche.
Though the pair was 12-for-39 from the field, they were able to get the Indians offense going.
Wyche scored 17 points and Wenrich added 15.
With Hart trailing 47-43 to begin the fourth quarter, both teams traded baskets the first seven possessions.
Indian Rendon Dominguez's leaning jumper with 5:40 to play gave the Indians their first tie at 52-52.
Valencia then scored the next six points, followed by a Hart answer of six points.
Parker Dominguez scored a layup in traffic, tying the game at 58-58 with 50 seconds to play.
Scott, who was 0-for-5 from the field in the third quarter, then drove inside, making a layup and drawing a foul.
He missed the free throw leading to an answer on a putback by Dominguez.
Scott answered one last time for the final lead.
Hart, with two timeouts left, decided to go fullcourt with Wenrich dribbling to five feet beyond the 3-point line.
His shot missed its mark.
"Forever," was the amount of time Scott said he waited for a moment like this.


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