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Springville junior varsity basketball falls to East Aurora

LINE IT UP — Springville junior varsity basketball player Parker Rice prepares to take a shot from the free throw line. Photo by Leo Mrugala.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute boys junior varsity basketball team lost to East Aurora on Jan. 11, by a score of 46 – 38.

The score remained close, throughout the first half, and S-GI trailed 14 – 13, after the first quarter.

The Griffs continued to stick with East Aurora, during the second quarter, despite facing the other team’s full court press.

Coach Ed Bates said that he knows his team could have played better, against East Aurora’s defensive pressure. “I didn’t think we started the game well,” he said. “It took a while for us to adjust to the aggressiveness of their full court press. It shouldn’t have taken that long; we practice against that same type of press, during our practices.”

S-GI trailed by 1 point, at the half, with the score 20 – 19 East Aurora. During the third quarter, the game got away from the Griffins, who were outscored 16 – 8.

Bates said that having only eight players dress for the game eventually took a toll on his team. “A lot of physical fatigue contributed to mental errors, which resulted in too many turnovers,” he said. “It also didn’t help that the game turned into a real up-tempo pace, in the second half, and our players just ran out of gas.”

S-GI outscored East Aurora 11 – 10 in the final quarter, but was not able to gain the lead and lost 46 – 38 at the buzzer.

Kyle Warner led the team in scoring, with 13 points. He also contributed two steals and made one 3-point field goal, during this game.

Freshman Dalton Nelson chipped in with 6 points, while Devin Pazzuti scored 4 points.

Bates said that he liked his freshmen’s plays. “Dalton had a good game and contributed in many different areas,” he said. “He handled the press well, at times, but ultimately we just made too many mistakes to win.”

The loss dropped S-GI’s record to 1 – 8 on the season. The Griffs also played at Amherst on Jan. 15.

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