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Springville-GI boys junior basketball team loses two more close contests

OUT OF MY WAY — Springville-Griffith Institute junior varsity basketball player Kyle Warner, middle, tries to get into the lane against Lake Shore. Photos by Dave DeLuca.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute boys junior varsity basketball team members found themselves trailing to Lake Shore 32 – 22, at the start of a Feb. 6 match’s fourth quarter.

Right off the inbounds play, Springville’s Chuck Foor hit a jumper and scored off a drive, with 2:31 remaining in the game, to cut Lake Shores lead to 35 – 29.

The visiting Eagles finished down the stretch and beat Springville 46 – 38.

WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU’RE GOING? — Springville’s Chuck Foor, No. 4, challenges a shot against Lake Shore.
Foor led the team with 10 points, during the loss. Throughout this sports season, 11 of Springville’s 13 losses have come by 8 points or fewer. “It’s really easy to take a cop-out path and say one cannot gauge improvement through wins and losses, but, with my kids that really holds true,” said Coach Ed Bates. “I’ve seen tremendous growth in my kids, especially my group of ninth graders.”

Bates credited players such as Colin Dewitt and Dalton Nelson for their “high ceilings” and added that he is looking forward to working with them, this summer.

“Parker Rice is another one who falls into that category,” he said. “To me, the jump from modified to JV is quite drastic and, for a lot of our guys, it takes an entire season to get used to the pace of the game. I’m hoping that, by next year, the game slows down for them, even more. Along with that will come things like playing with a lead and executing in the final minutes of a game, two things we’ve struggled with, this year.”

RISE ABOVE — Springville’s Bryce Stedman fires for a jump shot against Lake Shore, during a Feb. 6 game.
The Griffins took to the road to visit the Pioneer Panthers, on Feb. 12.

The back-and-forth game ended with Pioneer’s earning the last word and capturing the 50 – 45 win.

Leading the Griffins in scoring was freshman guard Kyle Warner, with 19 points. The athlete added eight steals, six rebounds and one blocked shot, to use stat line.

Devin Pazzuti had 11 points and Kyle Crotty had 6 points, three assists and two steals.

Crotty dished a no-look pass to Foor, for a layup, and then dished a bounced pass in between two defenders, for a Pazzuti layup.

Bates said that Crotty had a “terrific game,” and added, “He had to play both in the front court and the back court and did a great job. Kyle’s a very emotional kid and, when he channels that emotion properly, he’s a tough kid to compete against. There were a couple of plays last night that illustrated to me that he can play at the varsity level. Consistency is the key, for Kyle. He’s one of my favorite kids to work with and a really nice young man. I’m very proud to have coached him.”

The JV boys also took on Amherst on Feb. 15.
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