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Boys basketball: Vikings knock off Scots

December 12, 2001|By CHRIS GRANT, Sports Editor

HOLTVILLE — Exactly one week after slipping past Vincent Memorial, the Holtville High boys basketball team blew out the Scots 56-38 here Tuesday.

A week ago, the Scots Dominic Jacobelli dropped 34 points on the Vikings (1-6) in a 72-67 Holtville (3-0) win at Vincent. Tuesday night's performance was completely different for Vincent's leading scorer. Jacobelli was held to seven points and scored his only field goal of the night early in the fourth quarter.

"We just didn't hit the shots," said Vincent coach Dennis Jacobelli. "I give Holtville a lot of credit. They really hit the boards and that killed us."

The rebounding advantage was huge for the Vikings. Led by Eric Cueto and Andres Quesada, who both grabbed 17 boards, Holtville outrebounded Vincent 45-26. Cueto led the Vikings in scoring as well, with 19 points, and had five steals. Quesada finished with 13 points and three blocks.

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"We kind of studied them the first time we played them," said Holtville coach Mike Goodsell. "Our scheme worked pretty well. Our big men were really solid."

From the opening minutes it was obvious the game belonged to the Vikings. Led by Jon Singh (who finished with 10 points) and Cueto, Holtville took a 15-0 lead. Vincent's first point came on a Jacobelli free throw with just over a minute to play in the first quarter.

Things did not go any better for the Scots in the second quarter as Holtville pushed its advantage to 24-7, before taking a 27-11 lead in at intermission.

"We told our team that they'd make three runs at us," added Jacobelli. "Sure enough, that happened. You've got to be able to endure that. Our team is having trouble with a lot of pressure. They stop playing as a team and try to do too much individually."

Vincent came together in the third quarter and managed to outscore the Vikings 18-15.

But whatever momentum the Scots built was gone in the fourth quarter as Cueto and Quesada took control of the game again. Holtville outscored Vincent 14-9 in the final quarter as the Vikings cruised to the win.

Luis Solorio had eight points and seven rebounds to lead the Scots. Matt Lankford added eight points for Vincent.

With his team off to a perfect start, Goodsell is pleased with the way things are going.

"We've had some really good practices," he said. "The guys are working hard and we're looking forward to more games."

Vincent returns to action at 7 p.m. Thursday at Midway Baptist in San Diego. Holtville will next play Thursday in the Cibola tournament in Yuma.

Yuma 92, Central 57

YUMA — The Central Union High boys basketball team ran its season-opening losing streak to five games with a 92-57 loss to Yuma High here Tuesday.

Leading Central was Vincent McSee with 22 points, five rebounds, three steals and three assists. Anthony Sabal added 12 points, five rebounds and four steals for the Spartans.

In the first quarter Central was outscored 30-5. The Spartans finished with 23 turnovers, 15 in the first half.

Central will play at Torrey Pines at 7 p.m. Friday.

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