RUN THAT PLAY — Springville Junior Varsity Coach Ed Bates (far left) gives out instructions to his team, during a Feb. 4 game against East Aurora. Photos by Leo Mrugala.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute boys junior varsity basketball team was defeated by East Aurora on Feb. 4, by a score of 50 – 48.
Despite the loss, Coach Ed Bates said that he appreciated how hard his team played, against East Aurora. “I think the boys played a very strong game, especially defensively,” he said. “I thought it was one of our better defensive outings on the season. I think we deserved a better outcome, but we came up a little short, in the end.”
The Griffins entered the game, attempting to earn their third victory out of four games.
Bates said that, although his Springville team played “great defense,” during the second half, the boys did not make enough big shots down the stretch, to get the win.
“Our defense was very strong, in the fourth quarter, but we couldn’t make any shots when we needed them the most,” he said. “We struggled from the free throw line all game long, particularly in the fourth quarter. In close games, free throws can be the difference between a win and a loss.”
S-GI was 7 for 18 from the foul line in the game, including 0 for 4, during the fourth quarter.
Devin Pazzuti led the Griffins in scoring, with 12 points. Chuck Foors scored 11 points and nabbed 6 rebounds.
GIVE IT TO ME — Springville JV player Parker Rice grabs a rebound, against East Aurora.
Bates said that his team is getting steady contributions from multiple players, making it easy for him to play everybody on his bench. “Everyone is chipping in and doing their part,” he said.
“I thought Chuck Foors played a sound game on both ends of the floor. Devin Pazzuti scored the ball well and has been consistent, the entire season. Bryce Stedman and Kyle Crotty gave us some quality minutes, as well. They are both versatile players who can play on the wing or inside for us, offensively. Hopefully, we can keep up these strong efforts and finish the season on a high note.”
Springville-GI also took on Lake Shore on Feb. 6.