GARDEN VALLEY — Pulling away from a tight back-and-forth game, host Golden Sierra outscored Galt 38-16 in the second half — 16-6 in the fourth quarter — to register the 71-49 nonleague win over the Warriors.
The Grizzlies, displaying confidence from the tip, received 25 points from Peter Biersteker and 20 from Micah Wever whose assist on Biersteker’s three-pointer opened the scoring. Both players had doubles-doubles — Biersteker with 14 rebounds and Wever with 12.
After Jason Yurgelevic followed suit with another three to stake Golden Sierra to a 10-0 advantage, Galt’s Christian Villalobos scored a lay up to get the Warriors on the scoreboard. Easing up, the Griz defense let Galt back into the game as the visitors pulled within 16-13.
“The key for us was at the beginning of the game because we came out with a lot of intensity,” Biersteker said
In the second quarter, the Warriors went ahead but two Biersteker’s free throws allowed Golden Sierra to keep pace. Nick White added a free throw and an assist to Wever gave the Grizzlies the 23-21 lead.
From there the action heated up as both teams dug in and played to a nerve-racking 33-33 tie.
The third quarter opened with an assist by White to Wever giving the Grizzlies the head start. As the quarter went on, play ebbed and flowed until White took off with a lay up and Wever had an offensive rebound and put back.
Steals by Kyle Shiba helped and led to Grizzly buckets on the other end. The intense quarter came to a close after Wever’s block set up Biersteker’s three with 1.1 seconds left that sent the crowd into a frenzy as Golden Sierra led 55-43.
“They woke up in the third quarter … they finally understood how important the first four minutes of the second half is,” said Grizzly coach Al Toney on what he felt was key to the game.
Golden Sierra kept momentum in the fourth with good passes to the post. Biersteker and sophomore Allan Nicholson each impressed the crowd with three-point shots as the Grizzlies closed out the game.
“I am very proud. Probably have the best record in at least nine years,” Toney said after the game.
Wever and Biersteker agree, saying, “We have a bright future.”
After Biersteker and Wever, White (10 rebounds) pitched in with nine points and Yurgelevic chipped in with eight.