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Springville-GI boys JV basketball team finishes second at holiday tournament

TOUGH COMPETITION — Springville’s Dalton Nelson (right) defends Jared Ras of West Valley. Photos by Leo Mrugala.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute junior varsity boys basketball team took second place at the 2012 Emerling Ford Holiday Tournament.

On Dec. 28, S-GI defeated West Valley by a score of 61 – 37. On Dec. 29, the Griffins fell to South Park 57 – 52.

Against West Valley, the Griffs came out, during the first quarter, opening up a 29 – 8 lead. Coach Ed Bates said that he was pleased with the way his team came out early, in the game. “We used our full court press to jump out to the big lead early on,” he said. “Our kids really did a great job in executing our press.”

S-GI continued to push its defense, throughout the game, also getting help from its offense, to earn the Dec. 28 victory. “The offensive execution was there all game long,” Bates said. “We had quick ball movement on offense and that really helped us, in attacking [West Valley’s] zone defense.”

GET 'EM GOOD — Chuck Foor goes in for a lay up against West Valley on Dec. 28.
The Griffs went on to win the game 61 – 37 and advanced to the championship game, in the process. Kyle Warner and Devin Pazzuti finished with 16 points each, leading S-GI in scoring. Chuck Foors scored 10 points.

During the Dec. 29 championship game against South Park, S-GI battled to keep the score close, but was not able to obtain the lead, throughout the game.

“We were missing two starters and only had eight kids overall,” Bates said. “We were really shorthanded and, with only eight kids, it was tough, staying out of foul trouble. Foul trouble and the fact that we had a lack of depth were our main problems,” he added.

The Griffs kept it close until the final moments of the game, but fell to South Park by a score of 57 – 52.

Kyle Warner led the team in scoring, with 19 points, while Chuck Foors had 10 points.

Garrett Frank recorded 5 points, four rebounds and two steals. Bates said that he was proud of the way Frank stepped up.

“We had a few kids playing out of position and one of the benefits of that is you get see some kids step up,” he said. “That was definitely the case with Garrett. He was forced into a starting role and did a really nice job for us.”

Despite the loss during the championship game, the Griffs recorded their first victory of the season, to improve to 1 – 5.

Warner and Devin Pazzuti were both named to the all-tournament team and scored a season-high in points, during both games of the tournament. With the Griffins’ point totals of 61 and 52, Bates said he liked what he saw from his team, during the tournament. “Overall, I was pleased with our play and I think we made some serious progress,” he said. “We’ll see if we can build off of this, moving forward.”

The Griffs played host to Cheektowaga on Thursday, Jan. 3.

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