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The Golden Valley rollers: Grizzlies win big

Grizzlies boys basketball team rolls to another big victory despite foul trouble

Posted: February 21, 2009 1:18 a.m.
Updated: February 21, 2009 4:56 a.m.
 
Golden Valley head basketball coach Chris Printz was pretty incredulous after Friday’s road matchup with Brea Olinda in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIIA playoffs.

“If I told you Stevie (Thornton) played two minutes, Maverick (Ahanmisi) played five and Trevor (Wiseman) played seven minutes in the first half and we’d still win, would you believe me?” he asked.

Well, they still won, 82-59 in Brea.

Here’s another interesting statistic: Golden Valley, the tournament’s No. 4 seed led 32-31 at halftime.

With the Grizzlies’ big three in foul trouble in the first half, Golden Valley maintained in the first half.

In the second, they unleashed.

Golden Valley (25-3) outscored the Wildcats 30-15 in the third quarter to gain control of the game.

The Grizzlies won the contest thanks to balanced scoring.

Wiseman and Ahanmisi each scored 18 points.

Thornton added 11.

But a lot of credit went to Erick Serrano and Chris White for keeping Brea Olinda (14-15) from getting an advantage in the first half.

“They stepped up in that first half,” Printz said of the pair.

Serrano scored 15 points in the game and White scored 10 of his 13 points in the first half.

Printz also credited backup point guard Anthony Petrilli for his work when Ahanmisi was out with foul trouble.

Golden Valley was whistled for 14 fouls in the first half, compared to four for Brea Olinda.

One of the major goals for the Grizzlies coming into the game was not letting 7-feet-tall sophomore center Kyle Caudill take advantage of his size.

He scored 20 points in the game, but only six after halftime.

Wildcats swingman Brett Kelley led his team with 23 points.

The Grizzlies won a coin toss, so the 29 Palms-Foothill winner will be coming to the Santa Clarita Valley for Tuesday’s quarterfinals.

Golden Valley has now defeated its last three opponents by 18, 61 and 23 points respectively, beginning with an 84-66 win over West Ranch on Feb. 12.

“We sense we’re playing well,” Printz said. “I really think the West Ranch game got us rolling again, got us energized.”

cosborne@the-signal.com

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