SPRINGVILLE—The Springville-Griffith Institute varsity boys basketball team opened its season with a pair of games in a six-day span in a new division this year – Erie County Interscholastic Conference III.
The team is looking to establish a rhythm in the new division while looking for its first win after a pair of season-opening losses. The Griffs dropped their home-opener to Pioneer 53-33 Dec. 5 and also their first road contest at Cheektowaga 65-51 Dec. 11.
The Griffs came out of the gate with an 11-point start against the Panthers that gave them their only lead after a quarter at 11-9 so far this season. Pioneer took control of the game in the second quarter taking a 24-17 lead at the break. The Panthers turned upped their game in the second half and out-scored Springville by a near 2-1 margin 29-16.
Mason Goodridge scored five of his 10 points in the first quarter, while Adam Pruitt led all scorers for Springville with 12 – including four of the team’s six second-quarter points. No other Griffin player scored more than three with Anthony Lasker adding a pair and three points each came from Matt Sion, Mike Sobota and Tyler Kostelny.
Springville didn’t have answer for Pioneer’s duo of Kyle Burley and Jared Pemberton. The pair out-scored the entire Springville team with Burley netting a game-high 26 and Pemberton adding 18. Burley’s 12 in the third quarter was more total points than any Griffin, while Pemberton consistently added between three and five points each quarter.
Springville did almost the complete opposite in its loss at Cheektowaga. The first quarter was not only their worse, but putting it aside the Griffs’ loss was by just a two-score margin. Springville scored just three in the first quarter, but ended the game with an impressive 24-point fourth quarter.
Goodridge accounted for more than half of his team’s points with 31. Only four Griffs found the score sheet. Kostelny scored six points, while Lasker added six and Pruitt had five. The Warriors only have an eight-man roster and got 23 points from Rudy Bragg.
With Goodridge as the team’s lone proven scorer and a prior all-state selection, look for Coach Greg Martin to find the best players to compliment him with his new roster of primarily juniors.
Springville traveled to Lakeshore Dec. 13 for a game and then head to Ellicottville for a weekend tournament Dec. 15-16.