GARDEN VALLEY — An aggressive, bigger, quicker and more athletic West Campus High boys basketball team cruised past host Golden Sierra 74-28 in preseason play Tuesday on a rainy night in Garden Valley.
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The Grizzlies trailed by 25 points after the first quarter and were never in it. West Campus had numerous steals, solid post play and deadly shooting from the perimeter to run up a big lead and coast to victory. Golden Sierra fell to 0-5 on the season.
After taking control, the Warriors eased off the pedal but still outscored the Griz in every quarter. Forward Glenn Lemon scored 16 points to pace three Warriors in double figures. Golden Sierra was led by Mark Seaberg and Alex Knight who both bucketed eight points.
West Campus’ late arrival pushed the varsity game an hour past its original start time. Once the teams tipped off, the Warriors established complete dominance with a 15-0 run. Senior point guard Kwaun Williams went on a theft binge, Nelson worked around the basket and Alec Shintaku dropped in three-pointers from both corners as the rout was on.
Seaberg’s baseline runner that got the bounce, his pull-up wing jumper and Knight’s putback and follow shot were two back-to-back second quarter scoring sequences for the Grizzlies who were looking for any type of spark. The Warriors led 42-14 at halftime.
The campus was flooded with parents attending a middle school music production. As the band played away in the auditorium next door, West Campus was also in rhythm and never looked back.
Golden Sierra is hosting the Gold Country Hoop Festival Friday and Saturday. El Dorado will face the Grizzlies Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The Cougars open the festival Friday with a 4:30 p.m. game against Foresthill. The Griz take on Forest Lake Christian at 7:30. Other Saturday games include El Dorado-Forest Lake Christian at 1:30 and Golden Sierra-Foothill (Pleasanton) at 7:30.