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KING HIGH: On their home boards and in front of their home crowd, the Wolves 2018 basketball squad put together an effort that earned them a victory over Fountain Valley and had the coaching staff pleased with the improvements made from their early season tournament play.
Duwan Franklin had a “well rounded game, a facilitator” by scoring 6 points, 4 assists, 4 steals, 2 blocks and only 3 turnovers. “It was a big step forward in Duwan’s basketball maturation” said coach Jeff Deitz.
Sean Rowland threw in 11 points, David Olukoju had 10 points, 11 rebounds, 1 steal and a block.
King started the game out very aggressive defensively. “We were very active and disciplined” assistant coach Vanta said.
The team jumped out in front early, leading 17-8 at the end of the first quarter.
The two teams traded runs up to the half, shrinking King’s lead to 20-18 at the intermission.
Coming out in the second half, King maintained aggressive defensive play and added some aggression offensively – attacking close outs and gaps, putting pressure on their defense at the rim and kicking out to teammates for timely 3 pointers.
At the end of the 3rd quarter, King was up 35-26 and was able to withstand a push by Fountain Valley in the 4th to somewhat pull away for a 50-39 final tally.
Josh Dietz contributed with a good night, scoring 7 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, only 1 turnover.
The coaching staff has been preaching all season to the players that “Together we are better – balanced scoring, trust – offensively and defensively” and that mantra seemed to show up on the court over the course of the four quarters.
“We need to attack the basket hard but don’t pick up charges, kick out to open guys” said Duwan Franklin, commenting not only on his game, but of his mates as well.
“We are very pleased said Vanta. “Night and day from our previous performance in our first tournament. We learned quite a bit as far as strengths and weaknesses. Much more aggressive while maintaining poise and composure.”
The win put King at an even 3-3 on the season.