Granite Bay falls to De La Salle

Grizzlies smothered by Spartans' defense
By: Kayla Nix/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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CONCORD – The name of the game was defense, and it was something De La Salle perfected over the course of the season.

De La Salle and Granite Bay battled, and the host Spartans came out on top 51-39 on Thursday night in the second round of CIF Northern California Regional Division I playoffs.

“We’re down, yet proud,” Granite Bay coach Jason Sitterud said of his team. “They’re a great team.”

The teams combined for just eight points in the opening quarter. Robert Duncan pulled the Grizzlies (27-5) within 4-3 on a layup with 1:37 left. Elliott Pitts made a late free throw to give De La Salle a 5-3 lead after one quarter.

Both teams picked it up in the second period, and De La Salle (26-5) got into double digits on a three-point basket by Duke Da Re.

Granite Bay came back on a basket by Jon Davis, a three-pointer by Duncan, and Ryan Ramirez grabbed his rebound and put it back to pull the Grizzlies within 17-12.

Remington White hit a last-second three-pointer to give the Spartans a 20-12 halftime lead.

In the lowest-scoring game for the Grizzlies this season, they trailed 32-23 to start the fourth quarter.

“They did a great job (on defense),” Sitterud said of De La Salle. “It’s a great growing experience for us.”

Granite Bay had 18 turnovers, many of which were forced by the high-intensity De La Salle defense.

“Their ball pressure was just amazing,” Sitterud said. “They contested every pass, every shot. They were everywhere.”

With about 80 miles between the schools, the Grizzlies had their work cut out for them trying to prepare for the second-seeded Spartans.

“We tried,” Sitterud said. “You can’t prepare for that. They did a great job. It’s been a great year, and we’ve done some amazing things.”

De La Salle will be host to Sheldon at 7 p.m. Saturday in a NorCal semifinal.

With the loss, the season ends for Granite Bay, which says goodbye to eight seniors, four of which were starters.

“Just being here is a positive,” Sitterud said. “And the great quality of kids we have … it was fun.”

De La Salle 51, Granite Bay 39
Granite Bay (39)

Howarth 3 0-0 6, Keys 1 0-0 2, Brillington 0 1-2 1, Duncan 7 2-2 18, Davis 3 4-6 10, Ramirez 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 7-10 39.
De La Salle (51)
Udenyi 2 2-4 7, Da Re 3 3-4 11, Pitts 2 6-8 10, Morgan 1 0-0 2, Pacos 5 3-3 14, Peera 1 0-0 3, White 1 0-0 3, Mullin 0 1-2 1. Totals 15 15-21 51.

Granite Bay   3    9  11  16 – 39
De La Salle    5  15  12  19 – 51

Three-point goals – Granite Bay 2 (Duncan 2), De La Salle 6 (Da Re 2, Udenyi, Pacos, Peera, White). Rebounds – Granite Bay 20 (Howarth 6), De La Salle 16 (Morgan 4).