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Foothill boys basketball: Grizzlies get healthy performance

Golden Valley takes care of Oaks Christian in Foothill League tune-up

Posted: January 5, 2010 10:11 p.m.
Updated: January 6, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Oaks Christian's Jono Wening, left, tries to pry the ball from Golden Valley's Dakota Nunley on Tuesday at Golden Valley High.

Golden Valley point guard Trevor Wiseman returned from a four-game absence Tuesday night, and all eyes were on the ankle that kept him out.

It looks like the ankle is in tip-top shape and so is Golden Valley's defense.

At the start of the second half, the Grizzlies used a 10-2 run keyed by Wiseman and their full-court pressure to bury Oaks Christian 84-66 at Golden Valley High School.

"I knew we had the team in the first half," said Wiseman, who ended up with 18 points. "We just said we had to shut them down and try to get better on defense."

Golden Valley (11-3) led by as many as 16 in the first half, but the Lions (7-6) chipped away at the lead with Wiseman and Grizzlies guard Khatari Price on the bench in the second quarter.

By halftime, the lead has shrunk to three points at 42-39.

It also didn't help that Golden Valley missed eight first-half free throws.

"It's been an Achilles' heel," said Grizzlies head coach Chris Printz. "We work on it nonstop. It's the first thing we do in the morning and the last thing we do before we leave."

Price and Grizzlies forward Taylor Statham provided more scoring punch in Golden Valley's four-out motion offense, which relies on perimeter players making snap decisions on when and where to attack.

Price scored 20 points to lead the team and Statham added 15.

Golden Valley demonstrated its depth as 10 different Grizzlies scored, including forward Robert Looper, who was the beneficiary of a couple of Wiseman passes in the second-half run.

"I love to make people look good," Wiseman said with a smile.

Oaks Christian fell behind early thanks to Golden Valley shooting 62.5 percent in the first quarter. The up-and-down style of play also led to numerous fouls against the Lions.

"They had us down right away," said Oaks Christian head coach Tom Roanhaus. "They were imposing what they wanted to do."

Once the second half began, Golden Valley used its defense to force turnovers and sealed off the paint with its size.

"It's a game of runs," Printz said. "You have to live through those runs."

Chass Bryan led Oaks Christian with 17 points, one of three Lions in double-figures.


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