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Foothill League boys basketball: Wiseman lifts GV late

Senior guard scores 19 second-half points to lead Grizzlies over Saugus

Posted: February 2, 2010 10:30 p.m.
Updated: February 3, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Golden Valley senior Trevor Wiseman, center, puts up a shot as Saugus' Joey Fredrick (32) and Jawhar Purdy (12) defend on Tuesday at Saugus High.

 
It was evident Tuesday that Golden Valley’s fans don’t travel well.

Yet the small crowd was audible at Saugus High, especially in the third quarter when it began the “MVP” chant.

That was around the time the object of their adoration, senior Trevor Wiseman, took over and helped the Grizzlies erase a deficit and defeat Saugus 66-56 at Saugus High.

Wiseman scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half.

The Grizzlies (20-4, 6-1) are now 10-0 in games in which Wiseman scores at least 20 points.

“I have to,” Wiseman said on taking over the game. “(My teammates) look for me to make plays. I have to.”

Saugus (15-8, 3-4) led throughout the first half and took a 30-24 lead into halftime.

But Golden Valley turned it on in the third quarter, outscoring the Centurions 25-4.

The game was a microcosm of Saugus’ season, especially in Foothill League play — up and down.

After a win over West Ranch to start league, the Centurions lost a pair, won, lost, then beat West Ranch again last Friday.

“We have a tendency to be mentally soft,” said Saugus head coach Derek Ballard. “We’ve been working on that for eight months.

“One of the difficulties is we don’t have a Trevor Wiseman or a (Valencia’s) Lonnie Jackson. Against Golden Valley, they’re tough to guard. Other guys get open because we’re trying to keep Trevor Wiseman off his game. I’m glad he’s a senior.”

Golden Valley head coach Chris Printz pointed to two players who emphasized what Ballard was saying.

Backup guard Dakota Nunley hit two 3-pointers in the first half to keep the Grizzlies in the game. Backup guard Josh Serrano hit a pair of threes in the second half to keep the lead.

But in the first half, Golden Valley couldn’t find a rhythm, or a shot for that matter.

The Grizzlies were 7-of-30 from the field, 2-of-12 from beyond the 3-point line and 8-of-14 from the free throw line.

Saugus took advantage.

The Centurions shot better than their average and hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter to take an early 15-11 lead after one frame.

Saugus guard Jeremy Gatewood kept them in front in the second quarter, scoring eight of his team-high 16 points in the period.

Problems arose in the third quarter.

“We were careless with the basketball and game over,” Ballard said.

Saugus turned the ball over eight times in the quarter and took only seven shots, and Wiseman began his attack.

His second dunk of the period, a two-handed throwdown, came after a steal at the 5:37 mark, giving Golden Valley a 33-30 lead.

Then the “MVP” chant began.

The Grizzlies went into the fourth quarter with their biggest lead — 15 points at 49-34.

Saugus chipped away and got as close as six points, down 57-51 after a Brad Buchignani 3-pointer.

But the Grizzlies would ultimately pull away as Wiseman hit four free throws down the stretch.

He was 8-of-8 from the line in the fourth quarter.

Buchignani and Joey Fredrick each had 10 points for Saugus.

In the first, second and fourth quarters, Saugus outscored Golden Valley 52-41.

No other Grizzly scored in double figures.

Golden Valley, with the Foothill League lead in hand, now gets its toughest remaining game — a Friday matchup with second-place Valencia.

The first meeting ended in a 75-68 Golden Valley win at Golden Valley.

Friday’s game will be played at Valencia.

“Big game. I don’t have any comments for Friday,” Wiseman said with a laugh. “We’ll let our actions speak on Friday.”

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