EYE ON THE PRIZE — Springville-Griffith Institute varsity basketball player Adam Wolfley (far right) shoots a midrange jumper against Depew. Photos by Dave DeLuca.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute boys varsity basketball team found its score down 11 – 0 to the visiting Depew Wildcats team, in the first quarter of a Dec. 20 game.
The Griffins fought back, going on an 11 – 5 run, and trailed 16 – 11, at the end of the first quarter.
Two Billy Dickinson free throws made the score 16 – 23, but Depew went on a run, in the second quarter, to take a 40 – 18 lead, going into halftime.
The Wildcats outscored Springville 24 – 7 in the second quarter. Depew pulled away, in the second half, going up by 30 points. Dickinson led the team in scoring, with 10 points, including two 3-pointers.
Dickinson said that he believes the Griffins can still turn the season around. “We knew this season would be a process,” he said. “It’s going to come down to execution. We play in one of the most competitive divisions is Section VI. We can’t afford to make silly mistakes, like turning the ball over and missing easy layups. As long as we keep working hard, we’re going to break through and start playing really good basketball.”
LINE IT UP — Greg Beatty (right) gets a steal and takes it for a lay up.
While Dickinson said that rebounding and turnovers have plagued the Griffins, in the early part of the season, he added that they did a good job of getting a body on Depew’s 6-foot, 6-inch center, Mike Lamb, who has scored 20 points multiple times, with double-digit rebounds. The Griffins held Lamb to 12 points, on Dec. 20.
Depew’s 24 – 7 second quarter marked the Griffins’ being down at halftime, for the third time this season. They found themselves down 32 – 11, at halftime, during a previous game against Cheektowaga, before outscoring the Warriors in the second half. They saw a similar situation during another game, against Lake Shore. During that game, the Griffins found themselves down 25 – 7 at the half, before outscoring Lake Shore 22 – 16, in the second half.
“We just need to get it together in the first quarter,” junior Greg Beatty said. “We need to focus on running through the sets and getting good looks. We are a very patchy team; we show signs of being a great team and, [at] times, not so much. If we can do that we have all the components to being a contender in our division.”
Leading the Griffins in scoring, so far, is Dickinson, who is averaging 12 points, per game.
Rounding out the scoring chart, along with Dickinson’s 13 points against Depew, was Brian Seneca and Will Lawton, with 6 each and Greg Beatty, with 4.
FOR THE BASKET — Springville’s Kevin Zabawa shoots for long range against Depew.
The boys hosted South Park, Gowanda and West Valley, during the Emerling Ford Holiday Tournament Dec. 27 – 29. The Griffs won the tournament last season, with a comeback victory against Gowanda.
“I know we have the skill to win it,” said junior Nate Wolcott. “We just need to focus on playing as a team and being fundamentally sound.”
The Griffins also took on West Valley on Dec. 27.