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Fountain Valley defeats Northwood
IRVINE – The number 100, as in 100 points, doesn't mean much to Fountain Valley coach Roger Holmes.
"That's not really a goal," Holmes said. "Kids always like that stiff. We just play and see what happens. ... (If it happens), that'd be all right with me."
It nearly happened Wednesday.
Fountain Valley ran Northwood out of the gym, winning 97-39 during the second and final day of the Sunset/Pacific Coast League Challenge at Irvine High.
The Barons (11-1) topped their previous high of 96 points, which they scored in the season opener against La Habra. Northwood (6-6) came in allowing an average of 46.4 points a game.
"We play really uptempo and we play fast," Holmes said. "We're pretty good when we're out running. Once we got going, the game got to be up and down."
Northwood kept things close for a quarter, holding a lead midway through the first. Fountain Valley soon took over on both ends, forcing three Timberwolves turnovers in the midst of scoring on five consecutive possessions.
During a second-quarter stretch, the Barons scored on seven consecutive possessions. They scored on eight of nine possessions during a third-quarter run. They allowed just 25 points over the final three quarters.
"We play a pretty good zone," Holmes said. "Our big guy in the middle (Jackson Gatlin) blocks shots. He's a tough guy for people to score on. It allows us to get out and pressure a little more than normal."
Gatlin and forward Joey Petersen each had 19 points. Guard Josh Armstrong had 15, guard Kevin Mansouri had 11 and five other Barons scored at least six points.
Northwood, which played without second-leading scorer Cole Murray, got 19 points from swingman Zach Pierce. The Timberwolves host St. Margaret's on Friday.
Fountain Valley, whose lone defeat came to top-10 El Toro in November, will face No. 10 Aliso Niguel in the Orange County North/South Challenge on Saturday. The Barons have won seven in a row, topping 80 points three times.
"We got a tough one on Saturday," Holmes said. "This was a good game to get ready for that."
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