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Hall cuts Little Giants down to size

Hall’s Danny Nolasco secures the  ball against DePue.
Hall’s Danny Nolasco secures the ball against DePue.

SPRING VALLEY — Hall (8-15) hosted a depleted DePue (6-10) team in late season conference action Friday night. The first few minutes made things look like the game could go either way. However, once Hall got focused, they went on a roll winning 74-39.

Both teams had two players in double digits by the end of the game. Hall guard Brett Fanning posted 21 points. The game’s highest scorer was DePue’s Jose Raya who netted 24 points. All of Hall’s players scored.

Hall spread the ball around well early allowing six different players to score in the first quarter. DePue, seemingly bothered by the Red Devil’s press were carried largely by Reya’s seven first-quarter points. Hall jumped out to an eight-point lead to end the first quarter and they never looked back.

“Our kids acted like they’d never seen a zone before, for the first couple of minutes, then they reacted to it. I thought everybody did a nice job tonight. Everybody scored. That’s two nights in a row we got everybody in, but Tuesday night was not the way we really wanted to be able to send kids in. We want to do it like we did tonight,” Hall coach Mike Filippini said.

DePue coach Gilbert Moreno said the Little Giants are making the most of their circumstances.

“Jose Raya can actually play pretty good. He’s getting over a sickness,” he said. “Austin Zimmer had 24 on Tuesday and he’s sick. It doesn’t help having him sick and other kids being ineligible. We had three starters out and our other guard out. The kids played hard. I told them I would keep yelling at them. They played hard and they listened. They are mostly juniors, so next year looks good. We didn’t come in with a lot of firepower. So, I had to leave the starters in as long as I could. You could tell then they were starting to get a little fatigued and breath maybe a little shorter. Like I said, no matter what I am proud of these guys.”

Filippini also commented on Raya’s play.

“On my bench I said that kid’s a really nice player. He’s quick. And we had good defenders on him. Danny Nolasco has shut down some good players. That kid is good.”

“They played good, their kids didn’t give up. Obviously, they were a little short-handed because of suspensions or something.”

Moreno said Filippini was a class act because he could have run up the score much more.

There is some truth to that statement.

After waking up, Hall outscored DePue 8-1 in the second quarter. Going into the third they slowed down a bit because the starters were pulled. They still managed to outscore DePue in the final two quarters 33-20, as it was apparent that the rout was on

“Our kids knew what they were getting into,” said Moreno.

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