“The clock ran out, so the fans ran out and we had some people on the floor — we don’t have any control over that,” said Valencia coach Bill Bedgood. “I think it’s a ridiculous way to end the game. Both teams played hard and you got to let the kids decide the game.” A 3-pointer and a pair of free throws from Hart’s Harry Speight in the final minute overtime helped close out the win, giving the Indians a regular-season sweep over the Vikings. All seven of Speight’s points came in overtime. Tre Harrill was second on Hart with 12 points and led with five assists while also grabbing seven rebounds. MORE: Foothill League girls hoops roundup: Valencia earns comeback win over Hart “It came down to us finding our rhythm and staying in it,” Speight said. “We found our rhythm in the overtime and ran with it.” Hart led 32-19 at the half and led 41-26 midway through the third quarter. Valencia’s only lead of the night came after Grant’s shot in the waning seconds of regulation. “Very proud of this team,” Harrill said. “We had that little spurt at the end where we couldn’t score and Valencia came back. We just got together and talked about having fun and playing our game.”
Here was Ben Grant’s floater that looked to end it in regulation and the subsequent court-storming that led to a technical and kept the game alive. pic.twitter.com/cX5uuafJ6U— Ryan Posner (@ryanposner_) January 31, 2018
Valenica dropped its second in a row but holds sole possession of second place in league. C.J. Finley was second on the Vikings with eight points and Josh Assiff led them with seven rebounds to go with seven points. “We played hard and I think we deserved to win because we played hard down to the wire and were up when there were zeroes on the board,” Bedgood said. “It’s just a tough pill to swallow. I feel for my guys because they battled their tails off.” Valencia resumes league play Friday at home against West Ranch. Hart will host Canyon (4-18, 0-7). Saugus 80, West Ranch 57 Adrian McIntyre led Saugus (17-6, 5-2) with 25 points and added eight rebounds. Luke Bodeau had 24 points and also grabbed eight rebounds. Andrew Austin led West Ranch (13-8, 3-4) with 18 points and Austin Galuppo had 17 points. Golden Valley 57, Canyon 28 Micah McLaurin had seven points and led Golden Valley (8-14, 3-4) with 13 rebounds. Josh Martin added 12 points.
Tre Harrill (12 pts, 7 rebs, 5 asts) talks about how proud he was of his Hart teammates for hanging on for the win. pic.twitter.com/FwX23qRNCr— Ryan Posner (@ryanposner_) January 31, 2018