Scots' captain turning into one of Valley's top scoring threats

December 11, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN

Sports Writer

In his first three years at Vincent Memorial High School in Calexico, Dominic Jacobelli was a two-sport athlete, playing on the Vincent football and basketball teams.

But after being a "pretty good" player, Jacobelli wanted to leave a lasting imprint in his final year as a Scot. So he decided to focus strictly on basketball.

In the early going this season, that decision has paid dividends as the 17-year-old senior has not only become the top scoring option on his team but one of the most explosive players in the Imperial Valley.

In three games last week, Jacobelli averaged 32 points and finished with a season-high 40 points against Capistrano Valley on Wednesday.


On Dec. 4 he finished with a double-double against Holtville, scoring 33 points and pulling down 18 rebounds. He capped the week with 24 points against Army/Navy on Friday.

For the week he hit 43 percent from the field, 67 percent from three-point land, averaged more than 10 rebounds and totaled 40 assists, 21 steals and 17 blocks.

"I really came into this season focused. I knew what I had to do," said the 6-foot-1 Jacobelli. "This is my last year playing here and I wanted to make it memorable. That's why my full focus is on basketball."

Jacobelli spent his nearly three months of summer vacation working on his game, lifting weights and preparing for his senior year.

"I know that because I am a senior and that I am a team captain, there's a lot of pressure on me. And I know that my role on this team is to score points," said Jacobelli. "But any time that a person has success, a lot of the time the spotlight is just on them. But I know that whatever I do isn't possible without my teammates."

It's that team-first attitude that his coach, and dad, Dennis Jacobelli, thinks has helped Dominic establish himself as a true leader on the court.

"He's constantly working hard and trying to get better. And his teammates see that and want to do the same. And I think that has helped boost the team's morale," said Dennis Jacobelli. "He's realized that he doesn't have to score for the team to be successful. He can go in there and get rebounds and assists and the team can still succeed. I think knowing that he's realized that is one of the things I'm happiest about."

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