MAKE IT HAPPEN — Springville-Griffith Institute player Kyle Warner puts up a shot against Maryvale on Jan 7. Photos by Dave DeLuca.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute boys junior varsity basketball team hosted the Cheektowaga Warriors on Jan. 3, a contest the Griffins lost 46 – 42.
Leading the way for Springville were Kyle Warner and Chuck Foor, with 11 points each. Foor also added nine rebounds, four steals and three blocks, in the loss.
IN IT TO WIN IT — Springville’s Collin Dewitt (left) finds his way around a Maryvale defender.
Devin Pazzuti had 10 points and Collin Dewitt pitched in, with 5 points.
Team Coach Ed Bates said that a few factors contributed to the 4-point loss. “It was real simple; 11 for 21 from the line, out-rebounded, outworked and committed 34 turnovers,” he said. “A formula for failure.”
The boys hosted the Maryvale Flyers on Jan. 7. The Griffs came out on a 9 – 0 run in the first quarter, holding Maryvale scoreless in the first 8 minutes. Pazzuti led the way early, scoring 8 points in the first quarter.
“Devin’s played well,” Bates said. “He’s been placed in a few tough spots and has responded nicely. He still has areas he can improve upon and I believe he realizes that, as well.”
The Griffins led 13 – 6 at halftime. The Flyers battled back in the third quarter, to tie the game at 17 – 17.
The Griffins responded with Dewitt’s hitting a 3, to bring his team the 21 – 19 lead, midway through the fourth quarter. Maryvale hit its next five shots, including three 3-pointers.
Warner gave the Griffins 6 points, late in the game, off of drives, but his efforts were not enough to bring Springville to victory and Maryvale escaped with a 42 – 36 win.
“Turnovers were the key,” Bates said, “especially right at the start of the third quarter. We had them on the ropes and we came out soft. We played soft and it cost us. I take blame for that. We need to play with a better sense of urgency, but under control at both ends of the floor. I felt our defense and rebounding in the first half last night was the best we’ve done all year. We just couldn’t sustain it.”
NEVER GIVE UP — Springville junior varsity Coach Ed Bates (middle) gives his team some advice, during a time out against Maryvale.
Bates said that his team is struggling with its man offense. The Griffins’ highest offensive outputs all season have been against zone defenses. Against West Valley, the Griffins scored 61 points against their zone defense and scored 52 points against South Park’s 3 – 2 zone during the Emerling Ford Holiday Tournament played Dec. 27 – 29.
“The biggest problems we have with our man offense is we ‘fall in love’ with the first couple of options available in it and rarely run it through to a reversal,” Bates said, about Springville’s offensive struggles. “A basic lack of patience is shown, far too often. That held true last night, especially when playing with the lead.”
Leading the way for the Griffins, during this game, was Warner, with 13 points. Pazzuti, followed with 8. The boys played East Aurora on Jan. 11.