The Indians led by more than 10 points (38-26) going into the half and the Cents never crept back to within single digits on the night. Hart even carried a 20-point lead with just over a minute to go in the fourth quarter. “They beat us up tonight, no question about it,” said Saugus (20-7, 8-3) coach Alfredo Manzano. “They’re experienced and mature and the senior leadership took over.” Whitten Dominguez didn’t play when the team’s first met this season due to injury. The Biola signee was second on Hart with 20 points. “The first game we played them, we played our worst basketball ever,” Dominguez said. “We set a terrible impression for ourselves and the program and we wanted to fix that. Tre Harrill, one of the many talented seniors referenced by Manzano, had 18 points and was a key facilitator per usual for the Indians. He was also crucial in helping keep the team’s nerves and emotions in check with a raucous crowd on both sides. “We’ve been sitting on this all week,” Harrill said. “ … We all got together and just told each other to relax and play our game and don’t let anybody change that.”
Luca Robinson having a spectacular start to this one down low. He’s up to 11 pts after this finish in the paint. Hart leads 28-21, 3:09 2Q. pic.twitter.com/tCwEtGgti5— Ryan Posner (@ryanposner_) February 10, 2018
While the disappointment of nearly ending a 25-year drought likely won’t end soon for Saugus, the Cents will need a short memory as they’ll find out their seed for the Division 2A tournament Sunday. Adrian McIntyre led Saugus with 17 points and Dylan Spring was the only other player to score in double figures with 10 points. “There’s still basketball to play and it starts today,” Manzano said.
HALF: Tre Harrill with the step-back jumper here to give Hart a 38-26 halftime lead over Saugus. Luca Robinson leads Hart with 13 pts; Harrill – 8 pts. Adrian McIntyre leads Saugus with 10 pts. pic.twitter.com/JpdyBa09eo— Ryan Posner (@ryanposner_) February 10, 2018