DRIVING IT DOWN — Dalton Nelson looks to charge down the middle to score. He led the team in scoring with 18 points. Photo by Katie Kostelny.
SPRINGVILLE — On Feb. 3, the Springville-Griffith Institute Griffins junior varsity basketball team battled the Maryvale Flyers in a close matchup. In the first quarter, Colin DeWitt opened up scoring and set the pace for the entire quarter. With 4 minutes and 30 seconds remaining, Connor O’Brien banked a shot for 2 points. O’Brien came back for more, when he hit a jump shot, late in the quarter. The Griffins ended the first with a lead of 9-3.
Early in the second quarter, Dalton Nelson came up with a steal and raced down the court to score on a layup. Around the 7-minute mark, Nelson made a pass to John Domes, who found some room to shoot and score. A minute later, the roles reversed and Domes made a pass to Nelson, who drove through the middle and scored. Maryvale would answer back, with about 4 minutes left in the first half. Maryvale sunk a 3 and shortened the gap in the score. Nelson scored again on Springville’s next possession, but Maryvale would come back and hit another 3, gaining some momentum, in the process.
After some miscommunication in Springville’s passing, Maryvale recovered the ball and took it down the court, to score 2 points and put them in the lead 20-19. After a number of baskets from Maryvale, Nelson was able to put the ball away for 2 more points.
The Griffins entered the second half with a score of 24-21, Maryvale leading. Early in the half, Domes drew a foul and went 1 for 2 on foul shots. With a little more than 6 minutes left in the quarter, Springville had an offensive rush. After numerous rebounds, Connor O’Brien was able to score for the Griffs. Nelson kept the momentum going when he stormed through defenders and banked in another layup. Maryvale answered back with another 3. That team had a total of 4 3-pointers, in the game.
With about a minute left in the third, Matt Hartman drew a foul and was able to get a point, after minutes without any scoring from either team. During the final 30 seconds, John Domes hit a 2, close to the 3-point line, to place the Griffins down by 1 point, entering the final quarter with a score of 30-29, Maryvale.
The Flyers opened up the fourth with another 3, putting them up 33-29. Springville was quiet until 4:33, when Nelson forced his way through the defense for another layup.
Less than a minute later, Domes banked a shot and drew a foul, in the process. He scored on his foul shot, making that a 3-point play for the Griffins, who went up 34-33.
Moments later, Nelson drew a foul and went 2-for-2, giving Springville a 3-point lead over Maryvale. With 3 minutes remaining in the game, Maryvale was able to draw a foul and go 2-for-2 as well, eliminating the gap to 1 point.
After a timeout, Domes and the Griffs managed another 2 points, putting them back up by 3. With 16.7 seconds to go, Maryvale fouled Nelson, who went 1-for-2.
The final score was 39-36 Springville. When asked about his thoughts on the game, the JV boys team manager Billy Harbison said, “We just won, baby!”