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Springville-Griffith Institute boys varsity basketball comes up just short in two games

READY TO RUMBLE — Springville-Griffith Institute tips off against Amherst, during a recent game. S-GI fell to Amherst 68-42 on Jan. 9. Photos by Dave DeLuca.

SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute boys varsity basketball team trailed by 14 points, early in the fourth quarter, during a game against Lake Shore on Jan. 10. In a matter of three minutes, Springville made it a 1-point game.

Adam Wolfley made a pass to Greg Beatty in the open court that cut Lake Shore’s lead to 52-51, with four minutes left in the game.

Beatty’s bucket was part of 24-10 run that helped Springville claw back into the contest. Springville’s three leading scorers, Wolfley, Beatty and Nate Wolcott, did a majority of their damage in the final frame, combining for 23 points in the quarter. Springville put ball pressure on the visiting Eagles in the fourth quarter, forcing turnovers and turning them into transition buckets.

LAY IT ON HIM — S-GI’s Adam Wolfley lays one up against an Amherst player, during the game.

Springville had a chance to tie the game, late in the quarter, but the Griffs came up empty and Lake Shore would go on to prevail 62-56. With the loss, Springville fell to 2-5, on the season.

“We beat ourselves in this one,” said Springville coach Frank Noeson. “We shot 57 percent from the free-throw line and missed some very easy put backs and layups.”

While Springville struggled from the charity stripe, Lake Shore went 23-of-33 at the line for a 70 percent clip; including Collin Hart going 12-for-12 at the line. Hart went on to score a game-high 32 points for Lake Shore.

CAN’T BLOCK THIS SHOT — S-GI’s Nate Wolcott takes it up against two Lake Shore players.

The Eagles were coming off a signature win over an undefeated Depew team, the night before. Lake Shore made a season-high 11 3-pointers, in the win.

Noeson said he wanted to limit Lake Shore’s perimeter shooters, including leading-scorer Wade Bergum.

“We wanted to apply some pressure in the back court, to get the ball out of Bergum’s hands, possibly forcing someone else to initiate their offense,” said Noeson. “Then we just planned on playing guys very aggressive, on the perimeter.”

Lake Shore was still able to knock down 6, 3-point field goals, but that is below the team’s season average.

Springville was led offensively by Greg Beatty, who scored 21 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Beatty turned in his most efficient offensive performance of the season, going 7-for-10 from the free-throw line, scoring 4 baskets underneath and hitting 2, 3-pointers.

Wolcott flirted with a triple-double, scoring 11 points, pulling down 12 rebounds and dishing out six assists. Wolfley scored 8 points, along with his five steals. Springville’s

Bobby Fisher had his best night of the season, scoring 10 points. Fisher has averaged 8 points per game, in his last two outings, after averaging 2 points per game, in Springville’s first five contests.

“Bobby just works his tail off underneath the basket,” said Noeson. “He doesn’t have any refined post moves, but he’s a very strong kid and most times, just outworks his guy.”

Springville fell to Amherst 68-42 on Jan. 9. The visiting Tigers are 6-1 on the year and undefeated in league play.

“They took the ball from our guards with ease,” said Noeson, regarding Amherst. “They sped the game up and took us out of our comfort zone. We struggled to keep anyone in front of us on defense and then guys had to help – leaving opponents wide open.”

Beatty scored 21 points in the loss, including knocking down a career-high 6 3-pointers.

Springville continued its league schedule against East Aurora on Jan. 15 and Cheektowaga on Jan. 16.


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