SPRINGVILLE—The Springville-Griffith Institute varsity boys basketball team came out on fire against East Aurora and never looked back in securing the team’s first win this season on Dec. 22 with a final score of 58-47.
“We’re in a tough division and we’ve only played league games so far. Our league is pretty dominant with Lakeshore and Cheektowaga,” head coach Greg Miller said. “We played Cheektowaga really well, but it’s been slow starts that have hurt us out of the gate.”
Miller said the team didn’t have a slow start against East Aurora, playing really hard. The Griffs built an early double-digit lead at 11-1 midway through the first quarter and three players did the bulk of the damage in the team’s first overall and conference win.
To East Aurora’s credit, they came within a pair of scores twice in the fourth, until Mason Goodridge sank a clutch three with under two minutes to go to secure the win by restoring that same double-digit lead the Griffs began the game with.
Goodridge led all scorers with 23, while Adam Pruitt wasn’t far behind with 20. The Goodridge-Pruitt pair got support from Tyler Kostelny, whose 11 points gave the Griffs more than East Aurora could muster.
“Pruitt stepped up as did Kostelny and we really needed those points. It’s good to see our shots falling after we put in a solid week of practice where the guys really worked hard,” Miller said.
Kostelny was hot from the get-go and the primary player behind the team’s impressive jump out of the gate with a pair of first-quarter threes. When the Blue Devils came within a pair of scores midway through the fourth, it was Kostelny who responded to restore the Griffs’ three-score lead at 51-43.
“Defensively, Matt Sion continues to astonish me as does Austin Lux, who really played well. My big guys really came through tonight as well including Alex Francisco and Anthony Lasker,” Miller said.
Springville held leads of nine points or more after each of the first three quarters. The Griffs really turned it on just before the half with a 12-2 run that saw them leading by 19 points with 90 seconds remaining in the half.
In addition to Goodridge, Pruitt and Kostelny, Zach Parker and Francisco each added a pair of points to round out the scoring.