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Grizzlies back to winning ways

Golden Valley takes third place after late rally

Posted: December 23, 2008 10:27 p.m.
Updated: December 24, 2008 4:31 a.m.
 

ENCINO - The taste of consolation was obviously not satisfying, even if it was accompanied by a pre-league win over a rival.

But that's what Golden Valley boys basketball settled for Tuesday at Crespi High.

The Grizzlies (9-1), facing their second Foothill League opponent in two days, defeated Canyon 70-65 to claim third place in the San Fernando Valley Invitational.

Golden Valley, which lost to league-rival Hart 63-60 in the tournament semifinals Monday, had previously won the Simi Valley Tournament.

The Grizzlies had started the season 8-0, but appeared headed for their second straight loss.

Canyon (5-6) led after the first three quarters, including a 38-31 halftime advantage.

"We looked tired on the court, that's basically why," said Golden Valley forward Trevor Wiseman on his team's start.

Golden Valley turned the tide with 3:25 to play in the fourth quarter.

Grizzlies point guard Chris Jackson hit a jumper with that much time left to give Golden Valley a 63-62 lead.

It would propel Golden Valley to close out Canyon on a 9-3 run.

Grizzly wingman Stevie Thornton led all players with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Canyon was led by freshman center Brandon Perry, who scored 15 points.

But Canyon was without Perry for the most crucial part of the game, as he fouled out early in the fourth quarter.

By Canyon not having Perry's 6-foot-6-inch body, it created a mismatch down low for the Cowboys.
Wiseman took advantage.

The 6-foot-6 inch forward helped keep some possessions alive with his rebounding.

The Grizzlies scored two big baskets late via second chances.

Wiseman, who was hampered by foul trouble early, scored four points, but added eight rebounds.

Canyon's opportunity to get back in the game faded after a turnover with two minutes to play.

Grizzly Erick Serrano hit a jumper on the other end to put the Grizzlies up 68-64 with 1:42 in the game.

The referees then found a book mistake at the scorers' table and issued Canyon a technical foul.

"We controlled the whole game," said Canyon head coach Chad Phillips. "We had some interesting calls down the stretch.

"We'll be OK."

Canyon's Jonathan Lawson added 12 points and nine rebounds.

Because of the Grizzlies' start, Hart's appearance in the San Fernando Valley Invitational championship game and Valencia's start, the Cowboys have flown under the radar.

But they gave the Grizzlies a fight deep in the tourney.

"Any team in our league can compete," said Golden Valley head coach Chris Printz.

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