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After early struggles, team's shooting guard now on track

January 22, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN

Sports Writer

When the basketball season started for the Holtville High boys team, the transition from football to basketball for 18-year-old senior Jon Singh was a difficult one.

He struggled early in the season But after extra hours of practice on his own, before and after school, just working on his shot, things started coming around.

Taking about 100 shots during those extra hours of practice, Singh started to get into mid-season form last week as he averaged 24 points in three Holtville victories.

On Jan. 8 he dropped 27 points on Palo Verde in the Vikings' 77-54 thrashing. In a rivalry game Friday, the Holtville shooting guard scored 24 points as the Vikings edged Imperial 50-49. He wrapped up his week Saturday by scoring 21 points in the team's 52-48 win over Antelope of Wellton, Ariz.


"I started the season struggling a bit. But I think now I'm starting to feel it and I'm getting my touch back," said the 5-foot-11 Singh. "I really do think that this was the best week I've had so far this year."

What was even more impressive was how Singh did it. Of the 72 points he scored last week, half came from behind the three-point arc. In the three-game stretch Singh finished with 12 three-pointers, averaging four per contest.

What makes things easier for Singh is help down low from 6-foot-4 Eric Cueto and 6-foot-5 Andres Quesada. Because those two are often tied up with double and sometimes triple teams, Singh gets breaks on the outside, where he can knock down treys.

"I think having them on the inside really does help me out a lot. When they get double-teamed they know they can feed me the ball and when I'm on, I can hit those threes," said Singh. "And I think because of them and because we do have some other guys like Jake Freeman and Alex Martinez, who can also hit threes, we have a pretty good mix with our inside-outside game.

"I think with what we've been able to do we have a good chance of doing well in league. We still have some more to work on, but as long as we're just hitting our shots and playing like we've been playing, I think we'll be fine."

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