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Grizzlies sizzle

The Grizzlies pound their first-round playoff opponent in round one

Posted: February 19, 2009 1:56 a.m.
Updated: February 19, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Golden Valley's Erick Serrano (11) rises to the hoops as Beaumont's Cameron Evans defends Wednesday at Golden Valley High.

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It’s one thing to talk about taking care of business against an inferior opponent. It’s another thing to actually do it.

Golden Valley certainly did Wednesday night in a 98-37 thumping of Beaumont High School to open the CIF-Southern Section Div. IIAA playoffs.

“We came out and respected our opponent, and that’s what you have to do in the playoffs, especially,” said Golden Valley head coach Chris Printz. “We talked about playing to our level, and we just had to continue to do that.”

The Grizzlies crashed the offensive glass to earn extra possessions in the first quarter, and Maverick Ahanmisi hit six 3-pointers in the first half to help break Beaumont’s 3-2 zone.

With each made basket, Golden Valley set up its press and made life miserable for the overmatched Cougars (10-13).

“We’re a young team, kind of like (the Grizzlies) were last year,” said Beaumont head coach Jon Florence. “I was really looking to get some experience. We got some experience getting our butts kicked.”

Golden Valley shot a scorching 78 percent from the field in the second quarter, which saw the Grizzlies (25-3) outscore Beaumont 37-9 and take a 45-point halftime lead.

The bench began to empty before the break, and the starters left for good early in the third with Golden Valley leading by 52.

The reserves took the reins and increased the advantage by the final whistle.

Senior Rafael Ochoa said the Cougars fell right into a trap set by the entire Golden Valley team.

“We consist of energy and feeding off each other,” he said, “so we feed off the starters as much as they feed off us when we’re going crazy on the bench. They go crazy also.”

Ahanmisi scored 21 points – all in the first half – and Wiseman finished with the same total to pace the Grizzlies, while Steven Thornton added 14 and Chris White had 10. Ibrahim Rassolli hit three 3-pointers off the bench.

Willie Davis scored seven points to lead Beaumont, and three Cougars wound up with six.

“To be able to do it as a team, that’s the best part about it,” Printz said. “The continuity of a program makes for a very special night.”

jgulino@the-signal.com

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