East County Sports

One-at-a-time for Safarta, Norsemen

2019 EAST COUNTY PREP BOYS BASKETBALL

VALHALLA 82, SOUTHWEST (El Centro) 62

EastCountySports.com staff report

EL CAJON – Valhalla senior DOMANIC SAFARTA turned in a huge playoff performance, scoring 43 points, as the Norsemen pulled away from Southwest High, of El Centro, 82-62, in a San Diego CIF Division III first-round playoff game at the Thunder Dome on Wednesday night.

Safarta scored 12 of Valhalla’s first 21 points on four threes, though the hosts maintained just a short lead early.

However, in the second quarter, Safarta converted 11-of-12 free throws, making quite a living at the stripe on the night, as well, going 22-for-26.

Safarta didn’t do it alone. He managed to hand out eight assists, too.

Valhalla led 43-37 at halftime.

Sophomore Joe Avalos, a sure heir apparent in the Norsemen’s three-ball extravaganza, had five threes on the night.

Senior TRE WIMS added 10 points while senior JORDAN GAINES contributed nine points.

On Saturday in the quarterfinals, Valhalla (26-3) will face seventh-seeded Sage Creek, which defeated tenth-seeded Madison on Wednesday night.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.