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Springville-GI boys varsity basketball team falls to East Aurora

NEVER GIVE UP — Springville varsity basketball player Ethan Benz protects the ball, against an East Aurora defender. Photos by Leo Mrugala.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute boys varsity basketball team was defeated by East Aurora on Feb. 4, by a score of 72 – 46.

The S-GI boys found themselves trailing 17 – 5, after the first quarter of play.

Coach Frank Noeson said that his team needs to start games better, in order to be successful. “We continue to dig deep holes, early in games, which has proven to be very costly,” he said. “Our intensity off the tip needs to be greater. We need to make things happen, instead of waiting for the game to come to us. Other than the first quarter of play, I’d say we played a pretty solid game.”

The Griffins continued to battle, during the second quarter, although they were still behind, at halftime, by a score of 32 – 15.

CAN HE DO IT? — Springville’s Kevin Zabawa goes up for a layup, in a game played against East Aurora.
The third quarter was a back-and-forth tilt, between the two teams. Both teams made several baskets, along the way. East Aurora won the quarter 21 – 17, but Noeson said that he was pleased with his team’s play, during that time period. “We played some stretches of really good man-to-man defense, in the third quarter,” he said. “Now, we just have to put it together, for a complete game. I also thought Bobby Fisher played a great second half. He was aggressive and took the ball strong, to the basket.”

The Griffins ended up falling in the end, by a score of 72 – 46.

S-GI was led by Fisher, who scored 11 points. He scored 9 of those points for the Griffins, during the third quarter.

Greg Beatty added 9 points, while Nate Wolcott scored 6. Noeson said that he was impressed with these players. “Greg had a good game. He was aggressive on the court,” the coach said. “He’s doing a better job of picking and choosing when to shoot the ball. He’s been taking the ball to the basket more, which resulted in him going 4 for 5, from the free throw line, during the game.

“I also thought that Nate Wolcott probably had his best game of the season,” Noeson said. “He was quick with the ball in his hands and was able to penetrate the defense a handful of times, for good shots.”

Also scoring for S-GI were Billy Dickinson, with 6 points; Will Lawton, with 3; Ethan Benz, with 3; Adam Wolfley, with 3; Brian Seneca, with 2 and Kevin Zabawa, with 2. Lawton and Wolfley each knocked down a 3-point field goal.

With the loss from East Aurora, the Griffs record fell to 2 – 12, on the season.

Noeson said that, despite the team’s struggles, he is seeing some positives from his players. “Some of the recent scores don’t look so good, but we’ve been doing some good things,” he said. “I think we ran twice as many offensive sets this time, versus East Aurora, as opposed to the first time we played them. We’re getting good looks at the basket. We just have to do a better job of knocking them down, on a consistent basis. On defense, we have to do a better job of keeping the ball in front of us. The more we do that, the better our team defense will be going forward.”

Springville-GI also took on Lake Shore on Feb. 6.

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