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Springville-GI varsity boys basketball drops consecutive games

SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute varsity boys basketball team took on Maryvale on Feb. 14 and was defeated by a score of 64 – 42.

During the first quarter, S-GI traded baskets with the host Flyers. Maryvale led, after the first, 17 – 14. “We had such a good first quarter, especially on offense,” said guard Adam Wolfley. “We were working through our offensive sets and knocking down the open shots that we had. We felt like we had momentum that we could build on, going into halftime.”

During the second quarter, the Griffs scored 16 points. Defensively, S-GI could not contain Maryvale’s scorers, who led the Flyers in scoring 22 points, during the second quarter. At halftime, Maryvale was leading 39 – 30.

Throughout the second half, S-GI did not have the same success on offense that the team had, during the first half of play. “We weren’t able to carry over the momentum,” Wolfley said. “When the second half rolled around, we missed a few shots, to start off the half, and Maryvale quickly took control of the game. It was like all the intensity we had in the first half just disappeared.”

Maryvale outscored S-GI 25 – 12, during the second half, and went on to earn the 64 – 42 victory.

Ethan Benz led the Griffs in scoring, with 9 points. Greg Beatty and Billy Dickinson each scored 7 points. Also scoring for S-GI was Wolfley, with 5 points; Brian Seneca, with 4; Nate Wolcott, with 4; Bobby Fisher, with 4 and Will Lawton, with 2.

“We have to learn how to maintain success throughout an entire game,” Wolfley said. “It always happens in stretches. You win games by playing the full 32 minutes, not just one or two good quarters. It’s something that we definitely have to work on, going forward.”

S-GI also took on division-leading Amherst on Feb. 15.

Amherst entered the game with a 16 – 1 record, including 13 – 0 in division play.

The Griffs trailed 11 – 10, after the first quarter.

Amherst pulled away from S-GI, during the second, winning the quarter 32 – 8, and went on to win the 77 – 32 victory.

“We can’t expect to win games, when we turn the ball over that much,” said guard Wolcott. “This was one of the first times all season that we’ve struggled to beat the full court pressure. Amherst has a lot of tall, quick guards who can get in the passing lanes easily to create turnovers.”

Seneca led the team in scoring, with 7 points. Beatty and Dickinson each scored 6 points. Also scoring for S-GI was Brian Johnson, with 5; Fisher, with 3; Lawton, with 3 and Wolcott, with 2.

“They’re a top 10 large school team for a reason,” Wolcott said, about the Amherst team. “When you make that many mistakes, you’re asking for trouble.”

S-GI finished the season on Feb. 19, with a game against Dunkirk.

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