SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute junior varsity boys basketball team lost its final two games of the season.
On Feb. 14, S-GI was defeated by Maryvale 47 – 30 and, on Feb. 15, the boys lost a match played against Amherst by 48 – 40.
According to Coach Ed Bates, these games were both very similar. “We struggled, doing the same things, in both games,” he said. “We had trouble handling the 1 – 3 – 1 full court press that they put on us. It created many turnovers and led to easy transition baskets. We have to learn to limit our turnovers and we’ll be more successful, if we can do that.”
The first time that S-GI had played Amherst, this season, was on Jan. 15. The Springville boys were defeated, during that game, as well, by 68 – 48. “Considering they beat us by 20, the first time we played them, I think the boys battled hard in this one,” Bates said. “I was really pleased with the effort. Several players stepped up and really gave us a chance to win the game.”
The coach praised Dalton Nelson, Kyle Warner and Devin Pazzuti for their “outstanding” performances. “They’ve progressed steadily throughout the season and have been consistent producers for us this season,” he added.
The Maryvale game brought some of the same, as the Griffins experienced many turnovers, throughout the night. “We struggled to match their intensity on their home floor,” Bates said. “Once again, we didn’t take care of the ball and couldn’t convert our chances on offense enough to stay in the game.”
The S-GI junior varsity basketball team finished the season with a 3 – 15 record.
The coach said that, despite the boys’ struggles toward the end of the season, he took many positives from the year.
“I was pleased with the effort put forth by the boys, during the season,” he said. “They learned many valuable lessons, throughout the year, that will help them in the future. I think this summer will be real important for their development. We have a lot of leagues and activities set up for the summer, that we hope can continue to develop these individuals.”