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NORSEMEN CRUISE TO VICTORY OVER SULTANS

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BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

1-18-19

GROSSMONT VALLEY LEAGUE

VALHALLA 72, SANTANA 51

Both teams came into the contest looking to get back into the league race, however, the visiting Norsemen had other ideas as they took over midway through the second quarter to claim the big victory.

Early on both squads went back and forth as Valhalla only led 18-16 after the first period behind the hot hand of Domanic Safarta who banged a trio of three-pointers en route to scoring 12 points in the quarter.

Unfortunately partially into the second quarter Santana’s Ben Hart would go down and wouldn’t return the rest of the contest and that put the Sultans behind the eight ball a little. Despite the setback, the Sultans were able to get help from sophomore Alden Rasmusson who scored 10 points in the first half. The Norsemen, however, would lead at intermission 37-27 behind Jordan Gaines and his 8 points in the second quarter.

Things in the second half went all the Norsemen’s way as they pushed their lead even larger and would eventually push it to over twenty points.

Scoring for the Sultans was Rasmusson who put up 18 points and grabbed 6 boards, Brandon Simmons corralled in a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds.

On the other side for the victorious Norsemen Safarta led with 32 points including four treys, Gaines contributed 15 points.

Valhalla also nailed 9 three-pointers on the evening as a team.

The loss puts the Sultans at 8-14 overall and 2-2 in league play while the Norsemen improve to 18-3 overall and 2-1 in league.

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