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Prep basketball: A new Grizzlies

Under new regime, young Golden Valley wins home opener

Posted: December 22, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 22, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Golden Valley's Jordan Watkins (21) shoots over San Marino's Nate Harding (3) and Kevin Wang (23) on Friday night at Golden Valley High. The Grizzlies defeated San Marino 62-50.

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Maybe people don’t know what to expect of Golden Valley boys basketball.

At least that’s what first-year Grizzlies head coach Al Vanhook reasoned as to why the crowd was so sparse Friday night during Golden Valley’s home opener.

What people missed was a game where a young Golden Valley led throughout the majority and defeated San Marino 62-50 — this despite the Grizzlies up-and-down play.

Golden Valley (3-6) had 12 different players score during the game, with junior Jordan Watkins and senior Jon Antipuesto scoring nine points each.

However, the Grizzlies turned the ball over a total of 22 times during the game and didn’t shoot well until the fourth quarter.

“We came into the game with more unity.” Antipuesto said. “We tried to make an extra pass during each play and trust each other when taking shots.”

Antipuesto made two crucial 3-pointers right at the very beginning of the fourth quarter, raising the score from 38-28 to 44-28.

The Titans (4-6) never got closer.

“For us, we needed to take care of the basketball,” said San Marino head coach Mihail Papadopulos. “We have to be physical. But we got outrebounded and gave them second opportunities.”

San Marino was not spared by the turnover bug, as it turned the ball 21 times.

The Grizzlies came out strong with a 30-12 lead, however the Titans weren’t completely out of it.

Titan senior Jasper Hwang, who scored 22 of his 24 points in the second half, made plays on offense to lead his team back.

San Marino went on a 10-2 run in the first half of the third quarter.

A Hwang 3-pointer made the score 37-28.

Yet this would be the closest San Marino would get to the Grizzlies during the game.

Golden Valley showed its youth at times with miscues, but also showed that it has some talent.

The Grizzlies were more athletic and aggressive than San Marino.

“This is all growing pains,” Vanhook said. “We’re a very young team and we’re still seeing what the seniors can do and what the freshman can do.”

They’ll have to do a lot today to get a W.

Golden Valley hosts defending CIF Division V state champion Village Christian tonight at 7:30 p.m.










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