Grizzlies jump out early, knock off Hiram Johnson

Inside game key to Granite Bay win
By: Brett Ransford, Press Tribune Correspondent
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In just their second home game of the young season, the Granite Bay High boys basketball team cruised past Hiram Johnson 57-45 Monday night. Despite being outscored 10-9 in the second quarter and 17-10 in the fourth, the Grizzlies held a double-digit lead nearly the entire game. Their biggest margin was a 20-point margin at 49-29 in the third. John Davis led the way with 17 points. Granite Bay was strong out of the gate, outscoring the Warriors 21-8. They held the Warriors to 18 points in the first half (31-18 at half). Three Grizzly starters finished in double-figure scoring as Braden Young and Robert Duncan each scored 10 points. Granite Bay took advantage of Johnson’s small frontcourt with Davis at the high post and Young working the low post. Davis was a strong finisher at the basket, and drew fouls while converting a pair of traditional three-point plays. The forward also finished off four offensive rebounds. The Grizzlies struggled shooting the three, going only 2-of-22 for the game (11 attempts in each half). “We took a lot of quick shots and they weren’t falling from outside,” said Granite Bay head coach Jason Sitterud. “We need to be a little more patient with it because we took a lot of first shots instead of second, third or fourth. Considering our shooting, it was nice to get the ball off the glass and play an inside game. That’s something we’ve been working on this year.” On defense the Grizzlies literally stole the game. They had 11 steals (seven in the first half) keeping Johnson at arm’s length. It didn’t hurt that Johnson couldn’t make a shot around the rim. In the third quarter the Warriors forced Granite Bay into four turnovers and pulled the lead to 10 points, but they got no closer. “We need to be more efficient with the ball,” said Sitterud. “We began to play a little selfish. Coming in we should have just been able to take care of business. There’s a lot going on with finals coming up and having five games this week. Our guys all played really well and that was good to see.” The Grizzlies hosted Bella Vista Tuesday and then participate in the Mesa Verde tournament beginning Thursday.