Lowery made 1 of 2 free throws before Valley Torah’s (23-6, 9-2) Nadiv Altit came up empty from 3-point range on the final possession of the game. “We dealt with some adversity, which we haven’t really had in a while,” said SCCS coach James Mosley. “They showed a lot of maturity.” Collins’ go-ahead points put the Cardinals up for the first time since a 1-0 lead in the first 30 seconds of the game. Caden Starr was the only other SCCS player to score in double digits and finished with 14 points. “We just had way more high-IQ basketball plays in the second half,” Caden Starr said. “We definitely relaxed more the later it got in the game.” SCCS trailed 28-21 at the half, which had them on pace for a season-low points total. MORE: SCCS boys basketball’s TJ Lowery makes appearance in win over Trinity While they struggled on offense, the Cards picked up the slack on defense. Lowery had three blocks to go with seven rebounds and five points. Noah Veluzat had a team-high two steals, along with seven points. “This is kind of like playoff basketball, where you’ve seen each other and you know everything,” Mosley said. “It really gets mucky and dirty in terms of you don’t get easy buckets.” Ryan Turell had a game-high 33 points when SCCS beat the Wolf Pack last Tuesday. But a contingent of Cardinals defenders, including Jordan Starr and Veluzat, held him to 14 points Monday night. Altit led all scorers with 18 points. SCCS, which was ranked second in Monday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 5AAA poll, closes out its regular season on 7 p.m. Tuesday against Faith Baptist at SCCS.
SCCS comes all the way back on this layup from Justin Collins and takes a 53-51 lead over Valley Torah. This is the loudest prep hoops game I’ve been to in quite some time. pic.twitter.com/xurc1UxReT— Ryan Posner (@ryanposner_) February 6, 2018