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Grizz recover against Canyon

Golden Valley has to hold back late charge

Posted: February 3, 2009 10:00 p.m.
Updated: February 4, 2009 4:56 a.m.
 
When the Cowboys cut Golden Valley’s lead to four points with a little more than four minutes to play in their boys basketball game at Canyon High, the Grizzlies looked to be in danger of suffering their second consecutive Foothill League loss.

But a Maverick Ahanmisi 3-pointer got the Grizzlies back on track en route to a 63-49 Golden Valley win on Tuesday night.

Ahanmisi’s bucket sparked a 12-3 run to close out the game.

The senior guard finished with 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists, getting the team back to its winning ways.

“Our coach put it into our heads after the Hart game,” Ahanmisi said. “All we heard was Hart’s chant like they were celebrating in the locker room. He put that in our heads, and he asked us a question, ‘Do we want to hear that again?’ We didn’t want that bad taste in our mouth anymore.”

The Grizzlies (21-3, 6-1) lost their first league game Friday 67-63 to Hart.

Going into the fourth quarter Tuesday, Golden Valley led 51-39.

However the Grizzlies were unable to match the Cowboys’ intensity as the home team built off its third-quarter run, outscoring Golden Valley 16-0 after senior forward Jonathan Lawson’s basket cut the lead to 51-47.

Golden Valley head coach Chris Printz called a timeout.

“There were no words of wisdom really,” Printz said. “We just talked about how they were outplaying us. I thought that if we matched their effort level and maturity level, we would be able to pull away. I give credit to our seniors, especially Maverick, who really led us down the stretch.”

The aforementioned Ahanmisi 3-pointer was the Grizzlies’ first basket of the fourth quarter, coming with 3:40 left on the clock.

“We go within four, we get one or two stops, we might have shocked the Foothill League,” said Canyon head coach Chad Phillips.

Junior guard Khatari Price stole the ball on the ensuing possession and laid the ball in.

The quick five points clearly affected the Cowboys (7-15, 1-5).

Ahanmisi credited Price’s defense as a major factor in closing out the Cowboys.

“He’s not the kind of person that asks for much,” Ahanmisi said. “He doesn’t ask for the ball or anything. He just goes out and plays. That’s why I have a lot of respect for him.”

However, it took a complete team effort to get the win.

Junior forward Trevor Wiseman racked up 11 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, Stevie Thornton poured in 12 points with six boards, and Price scored 10.

The game started out with an 11-0 Golden Valley advantage.

In the second quarter, the lead swelled to 19 points, but Canyon cut it to 14 before halftime, 34-20.

The Cowboys were resurgent coming out of the break.

“We knew we had to go man (to man) in the second half, so our plan was to pick up the pressure defensively,” Phillips said.

Canyon freshman center Brandon Perry finished the night with 13 points as Lawson finished with 11 points.

pputignano@the-signal.com

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