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Springville-GI boys varsity basketball falls to Eden in overtime

SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute boys varsity basketball team was defeated by Eden on Jan. 23, by a score of 52 – 50.

The two teams battled, during an even first quarter, which ended at 12 – 12. Eden won the second quarter, by outscoring S-GI 11 – 4.

The Griffs trailed at the half 23 – 16. Coach Frank Noeson said that he knows his team could have played a better quarter. “We lacked intensity in the quarter and it put us in a hole that we had to dig out of,” he said. “We can’t play flat for long stretches of games and expect to recover from it.”

Despite ending the first half on a down note, the Griffs came out of the locker room and got back into the game.

S-GI outscored Eden 23 – 9, during the third quarter. The Griffs made a couple of jump shots, along with transition baskets, to rack up 23 points, during the quarter. The team’s defense forced many turnovers, leading to Springville chances, on the offensive end. The third quarter performance gave S-GI a 39 – 32 lead, heading into the fourth quarter.

Bradley Palmerton of Eden kept the Griffs at bay, all game. Palmerton had a game-high 32 points, including seven 3-point field goals.

Noeson said that his team knew Palmerton had the hot hand and that the boys should have been able to slow that player down. “When we were in our zone defense, we lost track of him, several times, and he made us pay,” the coach said. “Even when we went to man defense, we didn’t contest enough of his shots. When he did miss, we had no answer on the glass and we couldn’t rebound the ball, defensively.”

Led by Palmerton’s shooting, Eden outscored the Griffs 11 – 4, during the fourth quarter, and forced the game into overtime.

Eden won the extra session and came away with the 52 – 50 victory. This was the second straight, overtime loss for S-GI, as the Griffins also fell to Pioneer in overtime, on Jan. 17.

Billy Dickinson led the team in scoring, with 15 points. Greg Beatty added 14 points, while Bobby Fisher scored 7.

Also scoring for S-GI were Nate Wolcott, with 6 points; Brian Seneca, with 4; Will Lawton, with 2 and Adam Wolfley, with 2.

Noeson said that, while two straight overtime losses can be tough on a team, he knows his team will bounce back.

“I know the guys are frustrated, but they also know that they have played some competitive basketball, as of late,” he said. “It’s only a matter of time before some of these close games start going our way.”

Springville-GI also took on Depew, on Jan. 29.

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