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Up-tempo game too much to contain, Golden Valley defeats Warriors in second day of tourney

Posted: December 27, 2008 10:19 p.m.
Updated: December 28, 2008 4:57 a.m.

Golden Valley junior guard Khatari Price (10) passes the ball around Righetti forward Garret Passmore (32) in the Grizzlies' 89-62 win on Saturday night in the second day of the Hart Holiday Classic.

 
By the end of its game Saturday afternoon, Righetti looked worn out.

Golden Valley’s up-tempo style will do that to you.

The Grizzlies’ full-court press forced turnovers all game long, and once they started nailing shots from downtown, there was nothing the Warriors could do in an 89-62 loss at the Hart Holiday Classic.

Golden Valley’s athleticism allowed it to break down Righetti’s 2-3 zone defense off the dribble, which led to high-percentage shots around the basket or kick-outs for open 3-pointers.

Given the circumstances surrounding the game, it’s certainly a victory Grizzlies head coach Chris Printz will take.

“I’m happy with our effort,” he said. “It’s hard around the holiday season, because you don’t get to practice. You’re in tournaments, you don’t get to work on some things, and today I felt like we played like us.”

It didn’t look like Golden Valley needed to work on a whole lot Saturday, other than maybe its shooting in the first half. Missed shots allowed Righetti to hang around as late in the second quarter, but with a 32-26 lead, the Grizzlies began to pull away.

“They missed some of those 3s in the first half and allowed us to stay close,” said Righetti head coach Kevin Barbarick. “Once everything started rolling, we were done.”

Trevor Wiseman often keyed the transition game for Golden Valley (11-1) by securing rebounds and pushing the ball up the floor. Wiseman finished with 19 points, 11 boards and seven assists.

“When you have a guy that can get it at one end and bring it and dish it off at the other end unselfishly, it’s a nice toy,” Printz said.

Maverick Ahanmisi also scored 19 points to lead Golden Valley, while Erick Serrano added 18, including a 3-pointer that beat the buzzer at the end of the first half.

Printz thought Serrano’s overall play was important as well.

“I thought the key to today was his effort,” he said. “He got loose balls and rebounds, and you can feed off that energy, and I think a lot of our guys did.”

Dominic Hitch poured in 12 points to lead Righetti, while Perry McBeth and Nate Lewis added 10 apiece.

It wasn’t enough, however, to counteract Golden Valley’s control of the tempo.

“I think that their press worked out,” Barbarick said. “We had a rash of turnovers and they got after it. They finally figured out our zone and started making some 3s.”

jgulino@the-signal.com

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