I’VE GOT THIS — Bobby Fisher (left) goes up for a layup against Lake Shore. Photos by Dave DeLuca.
SPRINGVILLE — Springville-Griffith Institute boys varsity basketball players Greg Beatty and Billy Dickinson are two of their school division’s most consistent 3-point shooters and both are ranked ranking in the top 10, according to three-pointers made.
Dickinson is in second place in the rankings, behind Lake Shore’s Clark Brueckl.
IT’S ALWAYS A GOOD TIME — Billy Dickinson & Adam Wolfley have some fun, during starting lineups, as Dickinson leaps over Wolfley, before a game against Lake Shore on Feb. 6.
On Feb. 6 Beatty, Dickinson and his Springville basketball team took on Brueckl and the rest of the Lake Shore Eagles.
Lake Shore currently leads the Erie County Interscholastic Conference III division in 3-pointers, this season.
The opposing team stormed out of the gates and took a 20 – 6 lead, but Beatty’s and Dickinson’s outside shooting touches helped Springville claw back, into the game.
Dickinson hit two from behind the arc and Beatty hit another triple, to lead a 18 – 12 Springville run.
Junior forward Bobby Fisher led the Griffins in scoring, with 7 points, during the first 16 minutes of play.
Springville trailed 32 – 24, at the break. As the third quarter began, the Griffins picked up, right where they left off.
Brian Seneca scored off a drive on Springville’s first possession and, seconds later, Beatty hit a 3. Seneca sent a long outlet pass to Fisher, for a basket and the foul, 2 minutes into the third, bringing Springville to 36 – 32.
Beatty then hit his fourth 3-point field goal of the game and followed that up by knocking down a floater in the lane, with 1 minute remaining in the third, to give Springville a 45 – 43 lead.
GIVE ME AN ‘S’ — The Springville varsity cheerleaders send Lauren Paul in the air, during a timeout against Lake Shore.
The Griffs outscored visiting Lake Shore 21 – 11 in the third quarter and clung to a 2-point lead, heading into the fourth.
Lake Shore’s Brueckl was coming off a game against Pioneer, in which he had hit a school record nine 3-pointers, en route to scoring a season-high 32 points. Throughout three quarters, Brueckl was held scoreless, from behind the arc. The entire Lake Shore team had a combined three 3-point field goals, heading into the fourth quarter, far below its season average.
“We knew Lake Shore likes to get off a lot of perimeter shots, so we knew we couldn’t let them get comfortable,” said Coach Frank Noeson, about Lake Shore’s 3-point shooting. “Against man, they basically run ball screens for their shooter, which we decided to trap off of, to get the ball out of his hands. We also knew we matched up pretty well against them, under the basket, so we could keep our guards more out on the outside, to pester their shooters.
“Our 1 – 2 – 2 zone allowed us to keep a guy out on their shooter,” Noeson added. “He still got some shots off, but they were from way deep. He was coming off of a game where he set a school record for nine 3s. Our guards did a good job of frustrating him and not letting him get going.”
Brueckl responded to Springville’s tactics by knocking two 3-pointers, during the fourth, as Lake Shore battled back, to take a 53 – 48 lead against S-GI, late in the quarter.
Springville’s Will Lawton hit a jumper, with 20 seconds’ remaining, during the contest, to bring the score to 53 – 51.
Following a Lake Shore free throw, Fisher’s and Lawton’s 3-point attempts fell short and Springville took the 54 – 51 loss. Leading the Griffins in scoring were Beatty, with four 3s, and Fisher, with a total of 14 points each.
YOU CAN’T CATCH ME — Springville’s Brian Johnson dishes a bounce pass to a teammate against Lake Shore on Feb. 6.
Fisher is Springville’s leading scorer among S-GI’s post players, this season. Dickinson finished with 13 points, including hitting three triples. Dickinson, Seneca, Lawton and Brian Johnson were honored, before the game, during the team’s annual senior night. The four seniors were recognized for their contributions to the basketball program, during the past four years.
On Feb. 12, the Griffins traveled to Pioneer, to take on host Panthers. Springville lost to Pioneer by 1 point in overtime, earlier in the season.
The Griffins found themselves down early and were not able to battle all the way back. The Pioneer Panthers took the 51 – 39 victory.
“The problem is we had another flat start,” Noeson said, about the Griffins’ getting outscored in the first quarter, again. “We wait for things to come to us, instead of attacking and trying to match intensity. It’s obviously been a problem for us, all season long. They knocked down a few shots, early, and we weren’t able to answer. We had our opportunities to score, but couldn’t make shots. Pioneer got a few easy buckets on the offensive boards and that led to their quick lead.”
Junior Beatty said, “We came out, trying to set the intensity, but we ended up following the intensity that Pioneer was bringing. We had a lot of good looks early and they just didn’t fall. Then, defensively, when we had some good rotations and forced them into some tough shots, we couldn’t come through, on the glass, giving them some easy buckets.”
Pioneer came out on a 17 – 2 first quarter, to start the game, before Springville responded and won the rest of the matchup by 37 – 34.
“Going to Pioneer is always a tough task,” said junior guard Nate Wolcott. “When we got down big early, we just had to relax and weather the storm. Once we started working the ball, slowing things down and getting into our offensive sets, we started to have some success.”
Leading the Griffins in scoring were Dickinson, with 11, including three 3-pointers; Seneca, with 9 and Beatty, with 8. The Griffins closed out their regular season schedule on Feb. 14, with a game against Maryvale, and on Feb. 15, with a match against Amherst.