Aaron Ogburn skirts around the Central Valley defense during the Friday, Feb. 7 away game to Shasta Lake, California. Photo by Michelle Wolf

One win away and a loss at home for Grizzlies

As the Grizzlies’ basketball regular season draws to a close and playoffs are around the corner, the Grizzlies played two games. First was Friday, Feb. 7 where the Grizzlies loaded up the buses to Shasta Lake, California for a 56-39 win over the Central Valley Falcons.

The Grizzlies had a home game contest against the Anderson Cubs Tuesday, Feb. 11 where the Grizzlies played a close game but ultimately fell 50-46 to the Cubs for the second time this season.

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The Grizzlies entered the first quarter against the Falcons with an aggressive posture, as the Grizzlies were on the rebound and able to out-shoot the visiting Falcons 15-8. Neil Growdon and Ryan Del Carlo, who both maintained the Grizzlies’ offense, led the first quarter charge in large part.

The second quarter saw a more adjusted Falcons’ offense that was able to hold most of the Grizzlies’ shooting attempts at bay but was unable to take the lead with the Grizzlies finishing the first half 22-18 ahead of the Falcons.

Entering the third quarter the Grizzlies and Falcons battled shot-for-shot as the two teams traded the lead, but again with the leadership of Growdon, the Grizzlies’ defense pulled together before the end of the quarter to lead the game 39-33.

In the final quarter of the game, the Grizzlies dominated the Falcons with Growdon and Del Carlo again making their presence felt and sweeping through the end to finish the game 56-39.

Del Carlo led the Grizzlies’ scoring efforts with 21 points, while Growdon followed with 15 points.

Coming into the Tuesday, Feb. 11 home game, the Grizzlies looked to build on their four-win streak against the visiting Anderson Cubs.

The Cubs, however, were ready for the Grizzlies, and it showed in the first quarter with the Cubs able to play off the Grizzlies’ missed shots and come off the rebound to take the quarter 12-9 over the Grizzlies.

The second quarter played a little differently with the Grizzlies shifting their zone coverage to come at the Cubs full tilt, outshooting them in the quarter and putting them only a point behind the Cubs before the half at 24-23.

Coming back after the half, the Grizzlies looked fierce in the first few minutes of the third quarter, but the Cubs’ offense was able to stifle the Grizzlies’ shooting to hold on to their lead going into the final quarter.

The final quarter saw the two teams clash and kept the quarter a tit-for-tat affair with the two teams each shooting 15 points before the end of the quarter. But the Cubs held onto their lead beating the Grizzlies 50-46.

Brock Wolf and Growdon led the Grizzlies’ scoring each recording 11 points.

Grizzlies’ regular season ended at home against U-Prep Friday, Feb. 14. Results were unavailable at press time, but look for the results in the Tuesday, Feb. 25 issue of the Lassen County Times.