CAN’T CATCH ME — West Valley’s Mike Grigsby gets going on a fast break, against Ellicottville. Photos by Dave DeLuca.
WEST VALLEY — Franklinville’s Collin Seamans hit four 3-pointers, en route to a game-high 23 points, when Franklinville beat West Valley in the teams’ second meeting of the season.
On Jan. 23, the Wildcats played Franklinville again, looking to shut Seamans down, according to WV Coach Jason Kearney.
Seamans has averaged 22 points, per game, against West Valley, during the last two sports seasons.
West Valley’s Cole Stanbro was the man called upon, by Kearney, to guard Seamans and attempt to keep that player in check. “We started out with a man defense,” said Kearney, “and I put Cole Stanbro on him and he did a great job, when he was on him. Everywhere Seamans went, Cole was right there, with his smothering defense, and I can’t stress enough how great he did on him and was able to hold Seamans to just 8 points.”
During the most recent game, Seamans hit no 3-point shots and was held to one field goal.
After trailing 33 – 21 at halftime, West Valley came out on a 10 – 2 run, during the third quarter.
According to the WV coach, the third quarter has been a problem for the Wildcats, all year. During this fourth quarter, West Valley outscored Franklinville 27 – 19, to cap off its highest-scoring half of the season and beat Franklinville 58 – 54.
TIME OUT — The West Valley varsity boys basketball team takes a breather, during its game against Franklinville.
Kearney talked about what he wanted his team to do, during the second half, to turn the game around. “I wanted to push the ball up the floor more,” he said. “But, when an easy layup wasn’t there, run through the offenses more than once and wait for a good shot, rather than force up an early shot. We attacked the basket more. There were times we were taking it coast-to-coast, especially Westfall and Rockwood, but missed open layups early, but converted, later on. We have been working on preventing offensive boards and getting more of our own and we only gave up four offensive boards and had 21 offensive rebounds, for us.
“We had a good, heated, heart-to-heart, halftime talk and the kids really responded,” he added. “We talked about what we needed to do and what we needed to stop doing, in order to get back into the game, and they did just that.”
Forward Dylan Westfall had 8 points and a season-high 15 rebounds. Brandon Rockwood also scored 8 points.
Derek Wells turned 4 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Leading the Wildcats in scoring were Mike Grigsby, with a game-high 17 points and Colton Myers, with 11 points and five steals.
“We have been working a lot on driving and dishing out, and Myers and Grigsby were doing that well,” said Kearney, regarding his senior guards. “[They were] creating their own shots and dishing it out, when necessary, to open guys, who knocked down big shots, when they mattered most. What really got us started in the third, after getting a lot of defensive stops and rebounds, was when Westfall hit two 10-foot jump shots in a row and we really started to roll, from there. Grigsby got more aggressive on the offensive end, especially in the fourth, where he had eight of his 17 points, including two 3s.”
The Wildcats will host Clymer on Feb. 5.