Josh Axline knows his Campus boys aren't a prolific free-throw shooting team. The Colts shoot right at 60 percent, and continued that Friday night.
What surprised him was the number of trips to the line his players were able to create.
"We were fortunate enough to get to the free-throw line 37 times tonight," Axline said. "We didn't make as many in the second half, but getting there that many times is good for us."
The Colts closed out the game at the free-throw line en route to a 58-52 win at home against Valley Center. Colts senior guard Orenzo Brown finished with a game-high 17 points.
"It was tough," Axline said. "A hard-fought win. I knew their guards were going to give us problems."
Campus (6-1, 4-0 AV-CTL II) struggled to defend Valley Center junior guard Dylan McCullough, who had 11 points by halftime. However, McCullough cooled off after that, scoring five points the remainder of the game to lead the Hornets with 16.
Also scoring in double figures for Valley Center (2-5, 1-2) was senior Taylor Johnson, who finished with 12.
In double figures for the Colts was senior forward Jack Charles, who finished with 10 points and had a perfect night from the free-throw line, going 4 for 4.
The game started slow, with Campus holding a 9-8 edge at the end of the first quarter after both teams struggled with turnovers.
The second quarter brought a quicker pace, and also a big lead for the Colts. They jumped out to a 10-point halftime lead behind the strong play of Brown. Colts junior Brett Thomas hit a long-range three-pointer at the buzzer in both the first and second quarters to help build the lead.
"Valley Center was probably one of the best teams we've played so far, besides Derby," Thomas said. "We practiced all week on stopping their quick guards."
Valley Center coach Brett Flory said his team is improving with each game, but needs to continue to get better defensively.
" (Campus) is an excellent team, so we know we can compete with an excellent team," Flory said. "But the biggest thing for us is to guard five guys every single possession. Once we get there, we'll be OK."
Valley Center (2-5, 1-2) 8 14 12 18 — 52 Campus (6-1, 4-0) 9 23 10 16 — 58
VALLEY CENTER: McCullough 16, Johnson 12, Wilcox 8, Mayber 6, Doolen 4, Lindstrom 3, Bratt 2, Williams 1. Totals 18 (4) 12-23 52.
CAMPUS: Brown 17, Charles 10, Schuelke 8, Meier 8, Thomas, 8, Brundige 3, Flax 2, Blaha 2. Totals 16 (3) 23-37 58.