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Granite Bay basketball has new faces, but team chemistry is intact

By: Nick Hunte/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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Granite Bay High School has a much different boys basketball team than the one that went 27-5 overall last season, shared the Sierra Foothill League co-championship with Woodcreek and advanced to the second round of the CIF Northern California Regional Division I playoffs.

The Grizzlies are 3-2 since losing to Kennedy 73-54 in a Foundation Game.
Granite Bay opened the fifth annual Mark Macres Tournament at Monterey Trail in Elk Grove with a 65-52 victory over Stockton-Bear Creek on Thursday night.

Returning player Koki Arai gave Granite Bay an offensive boost with a game-high 20 points five days after helping his school win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I football championship.

Senior guard Carter Beatty scored 12 points in the victory and said earlier this season the team chemistry was good and would improve as the season progresses.

“We have a great coaching staff, and we work hard every day at practice, so we’ll definitely get better,” Beatty said.

Beatty has been correct to this point. Granite Bay couldn’t keep up with Kennedy in the second half of the Foundation Game, but Thursday, the Grizzlies poured it on Bear Creek with a 27-point blitz in the second quarter.

“We’re a young team, and we just have to learn to be more consistent throughout the entire game,” Beatty said. “We’ll get better though.”

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2010-11 records: 27-5 overall, 9-1 in the Sierra Foothill League (co-championship with Woodcreek), advanced to the second round of the CIF Northern California Regional Division I playoffs.

Upcoming games: Granite Bay wraps up the Mark Macres Tournament today at Monterey Trail, then plays host to Bella Vista on Monday. The Grizzlies travel to Fresno to play Bullard, Hoover and Clovis North in the Nike Tournament of Champions from Wednesday through next Saturday.