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Griz battle back, fall short

By From page A9 | December 8, 2010

GARDEN VALLEY — Tuesday night’s game was a tough struggle through three quarters for the Golden Sierra boys basketball team. After 24 minutes of play the Grizzlies trailed Victory Christian 37-18 with not much hope for a victory.

But the Griz rallied in the final period, holding Victory Christian to just seven points and scoring 20 on their end of the floor. In the end the Vikings held on for a 45-38 win.

“That was a furious comeback and our team gave everything we had,” Grizzly Shawn Alexander said after the game. “Over the final quarter we started trusting each other and that was the first time all year that we played good basketball and as a team. I was happy with our effort. Hopefully we’ll start playing a full game. As for the rest of the season, we want to improve every game, hustle and have a winning record.”

Golden Sierra looked down for the count at the start of the fourth period, but chipped away and cut the lead to six at one point late in the contest. In the early going, Grizzly shots rattled in and out and the Vikings controlled the boards. At the end of one, the Griz trailed by nine points. Victory extended its lead in the second and went into the halftime break up by 15.

But the Griz refused to throw in the towel and with an explosive seven-point run in the third and 20 points in the fourth, they nearly pulled off the comeback.

“All I ask of everyone on the team is to give a 110 percent effort every time they play,” Golden Sierra coach Eric Biersteker said. “Tonight was great to watch as the team never gave up.

“Early on there seemed to be a lid on the basket but we battled through that and just about everything else possible during the game. Then the guys really pulled things together in that fourth quarter. We began to pressure Victory Christian and creating opportunities for ourselves.

“We weren’t able to get the win  but I believe this group took a positive step tonight. We’ll look to build on this and to continue to improve to reach our goals. We’ll really focus on building fundamentals and looking to finish with a much better record than the team had last year.”

The Grizzlies return to the hardwood Thursday in a home game with Amador. The game tips off at 7 p.m.

Scott Warden

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