Huge first quarter carries Granite Bay over BV

By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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In spite of a late run of points against its bench, the Granite Bay High boys basketball team cruised to a relatively stress-free 50-38 win over Bella Vista Tuesday night. Playing on their home court for the second consecutive night, Granite Bay opened the game by outscoring the Broncos 23-9 in the first quarter and it was in cruise control from there. The lead was 20 at the end of three, and it grew even more before a five-point closing quarter allowed Bella Vista to make the score look more presentable. The first quarter belonged to Robert Duncan, who scored 11 points in that period alone as he set the pace for the Grizzlies. Once the initial stanza was complete, scoring was at a premium the rest of the way for both teams, but Granite Bay was able to use its outstanding defense to keep the Broncos at bay. The game was dedicated to raising funds to support cancer research as Granite Bay’s Hoops for Hope game. In honor of that, both teams sported pink shoelaces. Joshua Cornell went on a fourth-quarter barrage from deep down the Bella Vista bench, as he scored eight points in the final stanza with a series of acrobatic attempts to lead the Broncos in scoring. Duncan scored 15 points to pace Granite Bay, while John Davis scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Braden Young scored eight and pulled five boards, while Jake Riffice dished out four assists and Ryan Motsenbocker took three steals. Next up for the Grizzlies is three days at the Mesa Verde Tournament in Citrus Heights. Granite Bay opens against Spanish Springs at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.