Basketball: Vikings win DL opener

January 26, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN,Sports Writer

HOLTVILLE — It wasn't the prettiest game.

In fact, the Holtville and Vincent Memorial boys basketball game here Thursday night may have been one of the ugliest basketball games played in the Imperial Valley this year as Holtville manhandled the Scots 48-26 to kick off the Desert League for both teams.

Holtville forced Vincent to play arguably its worst game of the season.

"This couldn't get any worse," said Scot coach Dennis Jacobelli. "I thought that we could've beat this team, but nobody stepped up for us. Right now I think our team is just going backward."

Credit has to go to the Vikings, who forced 23 turnovers and outrebounded Vincent 30-22.

The teams had a combined 1-25 record entering the game, with the only win coming from Holtville.

Unfortunately for Vincent, it ran into a Holtville team with a chip on its shoulder.

"We really wanted to show everyone that we could play," said Holtville coach Mike Goodsell. "Coming into this game our guys wanted to step up their play for league."


The Vikings did begin league play on a positive note but only after a shaky first-quarter performance. While it held a 9-6 lead after a quarter, Goodsell thought his squad came out a bit anxious.

The butterflies soon disappeared. The Viking defense turned 15 first-half Vincent turnovers into a firm five-point advantage at the half.

Leading Holtville on defense were Eric Cueto, Alex Perez and Michael Strong, who combined for nine thefts. The Vikings turned to Preston George and Jacob Freeman for offense. They accounted for all of Holtville's second-quarter points, outscoring the Scots 11-9.

If Vincent had any hopes of stealing the game after the break they were washed away quickly as Holtville outscored the Scots 28-11 in the second half.

Strong scored eight of his game-high 16 points to lead a 15-6 third quarter for Holtville.

Strong — who finished with five rebounds and four steals — and Freeman continued their assault on Vincent in the final stanza accounting for 10 of the team's 13 points. Freeman ended with 14 points and six rebounds.

Leading the Scots was Dominic Jacobelli with 11 points, four rebounds, a steal and a block.

Both teams return to action at 7 p.m. Tuesday with the Vikings (2-11) hosting Calipatria and Vincent (0-15) traveling to Imperial.

Girls basketball

Holtville 52, Palo Verde 24

BLYTHE — The Holtville High School girls basketball team picked up a 52-24 win over Palo Verde here Thursday.

After trailing 16-15 at the half, Holtville ran roughshod on the Yellowjackets, outscoring Palo Verde 37-8 in the second half.

Leading Holtville were Liz Robinson with 10 steals, six points and six assists and Mykell Johnston with nine points, six steals and six assists. Christina Ruiz chipped in 14 points and Regan Rothfleisch and Cindy Lopez both added eight points for the Vikings (7-13 overall).

Holtville plays at Calipatria at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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