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Valley Stars go 2-2 in Delano

May 10, 2001|By CHRIS GRANT, Sports Editor

DELANO — The Imperial Valley Stars traveling basketball team went 2-2 at the Cinco de Mayo Basketball Tournament here last weekend.

"We were shorthanded," said Star Santos Guzman. "We lacked ball handlers and that affected us. We had players playing out of position."

A shortage of talent was certainly a problem for the Stars. They were without three players who had helped the team to an earlier second-place finish in a tournament in Santa Barbara. The team also was missing two players who had to be left behind when the team had problems with its rental van.

Stars coach Danny Santillan had reserved a 14-passenger van but was informed he would only be able to get an eight-passenger van and was forced to leave to subs and his assistant coach at home.


"It would have been a different tournament with them," said Guzman. "We could have competed. It was hard competition but we were as good as any team there. The lack of ball handlers hurt us."

The Stars dropped their first game in Delano to Montebello 53-34.

Said Guzman of game one: "We were a little tired, but by the end we picked up momentum and started playing harder."

The momentum carried on to the Stars second contest, when they defeated Delano 60-34. The Stars won their third game, beating Tulare 57-48 before dropping their last contest to Wasco 43-40.

Next up for the team will be a trip to the Latino Basketball Association's tournament in Los Angeles over Memorial Day weekend.

Guzman thinks with a bit more practice the Stars will succeed in Los Angeles.

"We just need a couple more practices and we'll be all right," he said. "We could dominate. We have the talent. If we have everybody there we'll be pretty strong."

The Stars are still looking for local high school basketball players interested in joining the team. The next practice is at noon Saturday. For more information call Santillan at 357-0655.

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