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Decision: Grizzlies boys basketball

Golden Valley moves into first place in Foothill with overtime victory

Posted: January 29, 2010 10:34 p.m.
Updated: January 30, 2010 4:30 a.m.
 

Golden Valley and Canyon boys basketball won’t play again this season, as the teams are in different playoff divisions.
So they went four quarters, then another frame to come to a decision.

The decision is Golden Valley is now the team to beat in the Foothill League.

The Grizzlies beat the Cowboys 80-78 in overtime at Golden Valley High on Friday, playing a different game than they did in the first meeting.

A composed, focused game.

In the end, they outlasted Canyon.

“Thank God,” said Golden Valley head coach Chris Printz on this being the last matchup this year between the two teams. “I know it’s a cliche, but I hate that anyone had to lose tonight. That was fun.”

The game had the potential of going to a second overtime after Grizzlies swingman Taylor Statham missed two free throws with 4.2 seconds left.

Canyon’s Wesley Bartole grabbed the rebound, dribbled down the right side of the court, eyed the clock, then lost the handle on the ball.

The Cowboys (15-7, 4-2) couldn’t get off a last shot.

“It’s frustrating, as you can tell,” said Canyon sophomore guard Coley Apsay. “I think they just had more energy than us.”

It was Apsay, though, that provided the Cowboys with their energy.

Golden Valley (19-4, 5-1) jumped out to an 11-0 lead to start the game and led 17-11 after a quarter.

Usually quiet on the offensive end, the Canyon point guard attacked the basket and was big on defense throughout the rest of the game.

His nine points in the second quarter and a 12-2 Canyon run got the Cowboys right back in the game.

Late in the second quarter, Canyon tied the score at 24 and kept it tight throughout.

Apsay finished with 20 points.

But Golden Valley countered with its own point guard, Trevor Wiseman.

Wiseman was a key reason for the Grizzlies building their lead back up to eight points in the fourth quarter.

The senior scored 12 of his 29 points in the final period.

In the previous meeting between the two teams, a 77-70 Canyon win, Wiseman was flummoxed by the Cowboys.

He scored 20 points, but missed the game’s final minutes after he was benched for swatting a Styrofoam cup of the scorer’s table.

“Since that incident, I talked to the coaches. I needed to stop it and be in control,” Wiseman said. “This game was huge. Both teams were No. 1 in league. We knew we had to take it from them.”

But it was far from easy.

Bartole, who scored a team-high 21 points, and Tere Adams, who scored 15 points, found ways to the basket and chipped away at the lead.

Wiseman hit one of two free throws with 24 seconds left in regulation, giving the Grizzlies a 64-62 lead.

But Bartole drove to the basket and hit a short jumper to tie things up at 64-64.

Golden Valley had a chance, but a hobbled Khatari Price missed a 10-foot jumper, sending the game into overtime.

From there, the Grizzlies got contributions from all over the place.

Statham, who scored 15 points, hit a 3-pointer to give his team a 74-69 lead.

Center Robert Looper, who had a big block in regulation, hit a pair of free throws, keeping the lead at five at 76-71.

Canyon wouldn’t go down.

Apsay hit a 3-pointer and Bartole hit a pair of free throws, both times cutting the Grizzlies lead to two.

The Cowboys had their chance, but it slipped away.

“You haven’t seen the last of us,” Apsay warned.

Yet Golden Valley can win out and repeat as Foothill League champions.

“We like being in this position,” Wiseman said. Then he corrected himself. “We love being in this position.”

 

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