Boys' Basketball : Hart Snaps Losing Streak With a Rout

Compiled by Tim Brown, John Ortega, Vince Kowalick and Ralph Nichols

Hart High snapped a two-game losing streak with a lopsided, 90-43, Foothill League win over San Gabriel on Tuesday night at San Gabriel.

"I'm hoping we kind of turned a corner tonight," Hart Coach Greg Herrick said. "Our break was in high gear. Maybe we can play like this from now on."

Twelve Hart players scored, including four in double figures. Brian Allen led the Indians (8-6, 1-1 in league play) with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Steve Valenzuela (16 points), Rusty Fotheringham (14) and Frank Butterfield (10) also contributed to the rout.

"Their coach told me that this is the worst team he's ever had and I can't disagree with him," Herrick said. "If we wanted 100 points, we could have gotten it. If we wanted the CIF record, we probably could have gotten it. But we weren't thinking that."

Jon Agus scored 14 points to lead San Gabriel (3-11, 0-2).

"We'd like to do that to somebody good," Herrick said.

Crespi 66, St. Francis 50--Crespi scored the first six points of the second half to expand on a 43-37 halftime lead and went on to win the Del Rey League game at Crespi.

The Celts (10-7, 2-2), who also scored nine consecutive points in the fourth quarter, were led by Bill Foudy's game-high 16 points. Ken Lynch added 11 points and 8 rebounds and Matt Turner had a school-record 18 assists.

The old record was held by Chris Nikchevich, the coach of Crespi's sophomore team. Nikchevich had 14 assists in a game in 1982.

The victory was the second straight for the Celts, who had lost two consecutive games to open league play.

Alhambra 66, Burbank 56--Mark Nielsen scored 26 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, but the Bulldogs could not hold off Alhambra's Hong Hua, who scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter.

Nielsen made 12 of 20 field-goal attempts. Mike Nash added 11 points and 8 rebounds for Burbank, which slipped to 9-6 overall and 1-1 in Foothill League play.

Alhambra, which led from start to finish, took advantage of several Burbank turnovers in the third quarter to improve to 13-4 overall, 2-0 in league.

Saugus 41, Antelope Valley 39 (OT)--Jason Harrison made a 15-foot jump shot with 1:10 remaining in overtime to lift Saugus to a Golden League victory at home. Harrison, who led Saugus with 13 points, scored nine points in the second half and all four of the Centurions' points in overtime.

Harrison's two free throws gave Saugus (5-10, 1-1 in league play) a 41-39 lead early in overtime. Antelope Valley's Reggie Betton, who led all players with 20 points, countered with two free throws to tie the game before Harrison made the game-winning shot.

Saugus, the defending Southern Section 3-A Division champions, had lost four consecutive games.

Quartz Hill 77, Canyon 67--Lee White scored a game-high 27 points to lead Quartz Hill in the Golden League game at Canyon. Chris Schmitt led Canyon in scoring with 18 points and Brian Schroeder and Earnest Kelley scored 15 and 10 points, respectively. Quartz Hill improved to 10-5, 2-0 in league play. Canyon is 1-11, 0-2. The Cowboys have lost nine consecutive games.

Montclair Prep 86, Village Christian 46--After losing its Alpha League opener to L. A. Baptist last week, Montclair Prep rebounded with a vengeance at home by routing the Crusaders.

The Mounties jumped out to a 18-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and led, 44-25, at halftime.

Craig Handschu scored a game-high 29 points, including 13 in the second quarter, and teammates Duane Johnson and David Sanger added 19 and 16 points, respectively. Handschu and Sanger both grabbed 12 rebounds as the Mounties dominated the game.

Montclair Prep (7-6, 1-1), the defending league champion, made 32 of 60 field-goal attempts and 20 of 29 from the free-throw line.

Scott Danielson scored 13 points for Village Christian (5-8, 1-1).

L.A. Baptist 66, Marshall Fundamental 59--James Hoback scored 29 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Mike Wise had 19 points and 14 assists to lead L. A. Baptist to an Alpha League win at home.

The Knights took control of the game in the second quarter by outscoring Marshall Fundamental, 22-14.

Mike Guthrie added 12 points for L. A. Baptist (10-3, 2-0). Marshall Fundamental is 7-5 overall and 1-1 in league.

Faith Baptist 69, Buckley 68--Richard Leon's free throw put Faith Baptist ahead, 69-65, in the final 30 seconds and the Contenders held on for the Delphic League victory. Leon scored a game-high 21 points for Faith Baptist (9-2, 2-1).

St. Genevieve 63, Pater Noster 54--Marc Colon came off the bench to lead the Valiants in the Santa Fe league game at Harvard.

Colon, a junior, scored 18 points, 10 in the second quarter as St. Genevieve (6-6, 2-2) took a 34-27 lead at the half.

"Marc really sparked us tonight," St. Genevieve Coach Dave Hoffman said. "Without him, we wouldn't have won."

Colon made 9 of 11 shots, including 5 of 5 in the second period. Teammate Ron Nielsen added 18 points and 9 rebounds for St. Genevieve.

Pater Noster is 0-10 overall and 0-4 in league.

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