Grizzlies nearly pull off pair of upsets
Lassen High School's boys' basketball team played two of its best games of the season last week. The Grizzlies (6-16, 2-4) defeated Gridley 76-60 in overtime and came up short 53-52 against Oroville at home.
"Our goal is to end up around .500 at the end of the regular season," Lassen head coach Paul Moore said. "We're the team that no one wants to play. We've got nothing to lose. Oroville felt fortunate to get out of here with a win."
Oroville's Tyler Brandt scored with four seconds left to give the Tigers the win after Lassen took the lead with 20 seconds remaining.
Mitch Lively led the Grizzlies with 21 points and Ben Baker added 14.
Lassen, down 28-10 early in the game, shot just 7-for-18 from the free throw line and Oroville hit 10 of its 13 shots.
The two teams most likely will square off in the first round of the Northern Section Division III playoffs.
Against Gridley, Baker hit a 19-footer to send the game into overtime. Lassen then outscored the Bulldogs 19-3 in overtime to secure the win.
"We had to defend two of the tallest players we've faced this year," Moore said.
Gridley's Garrick McDowell stands at 7-0 and Chris Parker measures 6-7.
"Those two posed a big problem. We let McDowell get his points and tried to shut down everybody else," he said.
Andrew Alkire held Gridley's second-leading scorer, Wayne Stewart, to just three points. McDowell scored 24.
Baker paced Lassen with 25 points and Chris Peck had 17.
The Grizzlies host Las Plumas Tuesday, Feb. 5.