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Vista shooting guard opens with hot hand

02/20/2013, 10:55pm PST
By John Maffei

Sherman Anderson started the game on fire, scoring 11 points in the first quarter.

— Sherman Anderson started the game on fire, scoring 11 points in the first quarter, and finished with seven in the fourth as Vista beat Mira Mesa 66-55 Wednesday night in a San Diego Section Division I boys basketball playoff game.

“I’m a big part of the offense,” said Anderson, a 5-foot-10 senior shooting guard. “If my shots are falling early, it gives us some momentum.”

That’s exactly what happened Wednesday. Anderson hit three of his six 3-pointers in the first quarter as the eighth-seeded Panthers (15-12) built a 20-6 lead.

Ninth-seeded Mira Mesa (13-15) trailed by 12 with 2:37 to play in the game. But a 3-pointer by Anderson a minute later sealed the deal for Vista, which advances to the quarterfinals to face top-seeded Mission Hills.

“Sherman has been playing well the last few weeks, especially shooting well,” said Vista coach Charlie Mercado. “He’s our most-improved player.”

Anderson finished with a game-high 25 points. Hakim Arnold added 13 points, Will Smith 11 and Niko Stoner 10.

Sophomore Davin Lemon-Rodriguez, who could be Vista’s quarterback next football season, had a game-high nine rebounds.

“Davin has been a real bright spot lately,” Mercado said. “We made some lineup changes a couple of weeks ago and putting him in the starting lineup has really helped us.”

Ali Majidzada led Mira Mesa with 17 points.

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