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Valencia boys hoops finishes a week of recovery

Vikings get contributions from all over the place to win their second Foothill League game this week

Posted: January 29, 2010 10:26 p.m.
Updated: January 30, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Valencia boys basketball raced out to 10-point lead and didn’t look back in the Vikings’ 65-51 win Friday at Hart.

After two tough losses last week, the Vikings were trying to build momentum off of a 74-48 win at Saugus on Tuesday.

Vikings Lonnie Jackson and Brandon Bennett made sure they had it early.
Jackson scored eight in the first quarter and Bennett added six as the Vikings (17-4, 4-2) raced out to a 10-0 advantage.

“We were just finding the open man and getting our looks in transition,” Jackson said. “We’re a snowball rolling downhill and we’re coming for whoever’s ready for us.”

Jackson went to work early and often against Hart (5-17, 0-6), which tried to matchup with the league’s leading scorer with a couple different defensive looks.

None of them seemed to work.

When Jackson picked up double teams, he found Michael Zerpoli, Aaron Spargo and Tanner Tredick for layups.

Jackson led the team with a game-high 19 points and six assists, and the Vikings were up 34-23 heading into the locker room at halftime.

The Indians began a rally after the break.

Hart’s Cole Preston and Austin Maly scored six each in the third quarter as Hart cut Valencia’s lead to six.

Preston, Maly and Roman Delgado all finished with 12 points.

The game seemed to get more physical as it wore on, resulting in 26 fouls called in the second half, and both teams in foul trouble for most of the fourth quarter.

But that pace seemed to favor Valencia, which seemed to control the boards for most of the night.

When Jackson left the game in foul trouble with two minutes left in the third quarter, Hart threatened to gain momentum.

But Tredick and several others helped carry the Vikings out of trouble. Tredick finished with 11 rebounds to go with six points.

“(When Jackson went out), we were all thinking that everybody else needs to start stepping up,” Tredick said. “And that’s what we started to do.”

Scoring on Hart from inside and outside, Valencia pushed its lead to 60-48 early in the fourth quarter behind two big 3-pointers from Max Sommer, who finished with 10.

There wasn’t much left that the Indians could do at that point.         

“They won the glass and that was one of the three key things we talked about. Whoever wins the glass wins the game,” said Hart head coach Tom Kelly. “We talked about guarding the right guys and taking good shots. We were guarding the wrong guys and staying home.”



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