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Springville-GI boys varsity basketball looks to bounce back, after loss to East Aurora

GET TO THE NET — Springville’s Adam Wolfley attempts to get around an East Aurora defender, during a game held Jan. 11. Photo by Leo Mrugala.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute boys varsity basketball team was defeated by East Aurora on Jan. 11 47 – 30.

S-GI trailed 19 – 0 after the first quarter of play. The Griffs battled back in the second quarter and went on a run that closed the gap to 30 – 13, at the half.

Coach Frank Noeson said that he liked his guys’ efforts, early in the game, but that things did not go their way, early on. “We did some very good things, early in the game, despite what the score indicated,” he said. “The first four times down the floor, we beat their press, easily, but then we threw up some low percentage shots. Once we made our first couple shots, we were able to settle down a little bit and play our game.”

Both teams each scored 17 points, during the second half. S-GI outscored East Aurora from the second quarter on, but the Griffins could not overcome their slow start.

Noeson said that the early drawbacks have been problematic for the team, all season. “Early in games has haunted us, thus far, throughout the season,” he said. “We just can’t expect to start a game like that, especially on the road and anticipate being in it at the end. I know the guys are really looking forward to when East Aurora comes back to play in Springville. They understand the situation that they put themselves in and are determined to not let it happen again.”

Bill Dickinson led the team in scoring, with 10 points and also knocked down two 3-point field goals.

Greg Beatty scored 9 points, while Brian Seneca chipped in, with 3.

Noeson said that Dickinson and Beatty made some key shots that his team needed. “Greg and Billy did a nice job of knocking down shots for us,” he said. “They made some plays when we had really nothing going, at the time. The effort was there all night long. We just need to shoot a better percentage.”

The S-GI varsity boys basketball team traveled to take on Amherst on Jan. 15.

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