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Falcons shut down Valley Catholic

La Salle allows the Valiants only eight field goals en route to a 38-23 victory

BEAVERTON - The seventh-ranked La Salle Falcons used an aggressive full-court defense and a patient offense to put Class 3A power Valley Catholic away 38-23 in a boys basketball game played here Dec. 21.

The defending state champion Valiants scored only eight field goals in the game.

'We created some confusion with our full-court defense, and on the offensive end, we were real patient,' said La Salle coach Earl Clark. 'We've been trying to work on being patient on offense, and the kids did a pretty good job of executing it on Friday [Dec. 21].'

The Falcons went on top 12-10 in the first quarter and they held the Valiants to just 13 points the rest of the way.

Defensively, the Falcons used numbers and fresh bodies to turn the tide in their favor. Twelve different players set foot on the floor, and they all contributed on defense.

Vince Hicks (12 points) and Ryan Soberanis (11 points) were the top point-getters.

But Clark said that junior forward Willie Novak deserved much of the credit for making the offense click.

'The guys that score always get the credit, but they couldn't have done it without Novak,' said Clark. 'He had a great passing game off the bench.'

The win put the Falcons at 7-1 in preseason heading into a Dec. 27-29 tournament at Sisters.

La Salle begins its 2007-08 Capital Conference campaign this Friday, when the Falcons host North Marion.