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KAREN TAPIA, FOR THE REGISTER
Villa Park's Lamont Tyler, center, goes up for a rebound against Brea Olinda's Michael Turner, left, and Luke Selway during Friday's game at Villa Park.
See more photos from this game in the OCVarsity Hot Shots slideshow.

Villa Park uses Plan B to stop Brea Olinda

OCVARSITY.COM

VILLA PARK – A glance at the respective rosters of Villa Park and Brea Olinda can clearly reveal the glaring difference between the two teams, and his name is Lamont Tyler.

Surprisingly enough however, Tyler — who scored 28 with 12 rebounds the first time these two squared off — wasn't the biggest advantage the Spartans enjoyed this time around.

That distinction, in fact, would go to the assortment of various 6-foot-plus players who led No. 8 Villa Park to a 65-53 Century League victory over Brea Olinda on Friday at Villa Park.

"They (Brea) made a concerted effort to take Lamont away tonight," Coach Kevin Reynolds said. "So we went with Plan B. Luckily, we're blessed with players who can step up when that happens."

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SLIDESHOW: OCVarsity Hot Shots: Friday's basketball

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Casey Hershfield set a career high with 22 points and six 3-pointers, and Luke Selway added 14 as Villa Park (19-5, 9-1) comfortably compensated for its center's quiet evening.

"If you take away Lamont with double teams, you're giving up something else," Reynolds said. "And if you leave Casey open, he's going to hurt you. Pick your poison, I guess."

Vilius Vysniauskas (6-foot-4) and Michael Turner (6-3) spent much of the first half on Tyler's hip, and effectively held the 6-10 junior to just two points by halftime.

Regardless, the hosts took an 11-point lead into the break behind 12 points from Hershfield (all on 3-pointers) and 10 from Selway.

"When Casey gets his feet set, he's pretty accurate," Reynolds said.

Jonathan Wallace led Brea Olinda (17-7, 5-5) with 15 points.

A week removed from falling to No. 4 Foothill, Villa Park completed a two-victory week that kept it tied atop the Century League standings.

"Every game is a big game at this point," Reynolds said. "As long as we keep winning, we'll get a share of the league title. With us and Foothill each with one loss, it comes down to the team that cracks first."

Contact the writer: bwhitehead@ocregister.com


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