The Lassen High School varsity boys’ basketball team definitely raised some eyebrows and gave fans a wild ride before hanging up their jerseys for the 2017-2018 season.
The Grizzlies played against the Colfax Falcons in the second round of the 2018 California Interscholastic Federation State Boys Basketball Championship Division V Playoffs on Saturday, March 10.
Though the game was ultimately a 53-42 loss for the Grizzlies, it was still a hard-fought game that made purple and gold fans immensely proud.
The Colfax game marked the first time in 30 years that Lassen qualified to play in the second round of state playoffs.
In addition, despite the loss, Lassen still ended the season with 22 wins on their overall record.
Head coach Paul Moore commented, “What a season it was! A school record, 22 wins and first state playoff win in 30 years. Susanville should be very proud of these young men.”
Lassen started the game rocky with only seven points scored in the first quarter to counter Colfax’s 13.
The Grizzlies then stepped it up with 15 points brought in during the second quarter, but the Falcons still led on the board by the halftime call.
At the end of the third quarter, the score showed 43-34 favoring the Falcons, and despite the effort seen from the Grizzlies in the final quarter, the Falcons managed to up their lead by another two points to end the game with a 53-42 score.
Leading the Grizzlies on the scoreboard was Will Ashmore with 14 points to his credit. Ashmore went 1-4 for three-pointers, 5-9 for two-point field goals and 1-3 for free throws.
Neil Growdon followed with 12 points on the board. He went 1-3 for two-point field goals and made 10 of 11 attempted free throws.
Jacob Bennett scored seven points for the Grizzlies with two of six attempted three-pointers.
Brand Satica brought in six points, all of which scored via two-point field goals.
Cole Dyer also hit one two-point field goal and Hayden Chittock contributed a free throw to total the Grizzlies at 42 points by the game’s end.
With the Grizzly basketball season officially at its end, the Lassen boys can proudly showcase their 22-9 overall record for the year, along with their California ranking of 598 and their national rank of 8009.
Moore stated, “I want to thank my amazing assistant coaches. Doug Satica is an amazing coach who is way too good to be an assistant; he is the backbone of our program and is as good of a coach as I have ever been associated with in my 29 years of coaching. And Ron Moore has such a good relationship with kids and brings so much basketball experience to our program. He understands the game and kids and is an amazing member of our coaching staff.”