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Prep boys hoops: Hart responds when star goes down

Franklin leaves with injury, but Indians get the win

Posted: January 30, 2013 1:55 a.m.
Updated: January 30, 2013 1:55 a.m.

With one of its star players nursing a tailbone injury on the bench, the Hart Indians relied on the supporting cast to secure a 60-50 victory over the Saugus Centurions on Tuesday at Hart High, in a game played without a shot clock due to technical difficulties.

Myles Franklin was removed from the game with 5:49 left in the second quarter after slamming his tailbone on the hardwood as he was fouled driving to the hoop for a layup.

But that would not stop the Indians (22-1 overall, 6-1 Foothill League).

His replacement, Chase White, scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half, including a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter to help secure the win for Hart.

“(Myles) is usually the leader of our team,” White said. “At halftime we made some adjustments, so we just rallied and stuck together to pull it out.”

Hart controlled a 17-10 lead after one, but the Centurions fought back in the second quarter and cut the deficit to 31-30 at halftime.

Jacob Tobon led the way for the Centurions as he knocked down three 3-pointers to start the second quarter. The 9-2 run by Saugus (12-12, 2-5) to start the period evened the score at 19.

Hart’s other star, Lewis Stallworth, struggled to find his shot in the early stages as he went 3-for-9 for seven points in the first half. He finished with 15 points on 5-of-14 shooting.

Franklin scored seven points before being sidelined. He and the coaching staff were optimistic about his return to action on Friday.

Tobon finished with 15, while Zach Garlitos added 11 points off the bench for Saugus.

“There was no shot clock for the game, and we did not agree to that,” said Saugus head coach Derek Ballard. “We had to foul in order for us to get the ball back.”

Both teams will be in action again at home on Friday. Saugus hosts West Ranch, while Hart plays Golden Valley.

With the victory, Hart remains tied with West Ranch for first in the Foothill League.

“We always talk about playing the game in front of you,” said Hart head coach Tom Kelly in regards to controlling its own destiny to win a league title. “You can’t control what happened in the past or the future. All we’re worried about right now is Golden Valley.


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