WAVE GOODBYE TO THE BALL — A modified player sinks a layup, during the game against JFK.
WHAT’S THE GAME PLAN — The Springville-Griffith Institute boys modified basketball squad gathered around, to get the plays from their coach. Photos by Katie Kostelny.
SPRINGVILLE — On Jan. 16, Springville-Griffith Institute’s boys modified basketball team hosted Cheektowaga’s John F. Kennedy High School. The Griffins fought hard all four quarters, but could not overpower JFK’s strong defense. Late in the first half, Devin Bruno came up with a block, to give the Griffins some momentum, but the boys ended the half with a score of 24-8, JFK.
Early in the third quarter, JFK fouled back to back, allowing Adam Pruitt and Jarod Reese to cash in on some foul shots. With about 2 minutes left in the third quarter, Adam Pruitt drew a foul and was able to put both foul shots away, putting up 2 points for the Griffins.
The Griffins spent a majority of the last two minutes in the offensive zone. Bruno was able to convert on a layup and the Griffins entered the fourth quarter with a score of 34-16.
Late in the fourth, Springville entered a final offensive rush. With fewer than than 2 minutes to go, Tyler Kostelny came up with a steal and tried to get his team going, offensively. Mike Sobota, Mike Place, Anthony Lasker and Kostelny were out on the court for the final minutes of the game and powered to the net, but just couldn’t put the ball away. The final score was 47-18.