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Golden Valley starts the game 10-0 and never looks back

Posted: December 29, 2008 10:00 p.m.
Updated: December 30, 2008 4:31 a.m.

Grant High's boys basketball team never had a chance.

Behind Golden Valley's suffocating defense and potent offense, the Grizzlies had the upper hand the entire game and went on to rout Grant of Van Nuys 77-40 on Monday evening in the Hart Holiday Classic.

After opening up a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, the Grizzlies never looked back.

Golden Valley would extend its lead to 44-16 by the end of the first half.

"We have a mantra and that's we compete against ourselves," said Golden Valley head coach Chris Printz. "We never let up."

Senior guard Stevie Thornton led the way in scoring for the Grizzlies with 24 points.

"We started running them out in the beginning. They started working and we kept it going the whole game," Thornton said. "It was an easy game. We ran through the whole thing."

Erick Serrano added nine points, while Dillion Jones finished with eight.

The Grizzlies capitalized on almost all of the Lancers 13 turnovers in the first half.

But a comfortable lead at the start of the second half had a complacent Grizzlies' team being out-rebounded and out-hustled by the Lancers (4-9).

But that didn't last long.

Golden Valley was back on the attack in the closing minutes of the third quarter opening a 60-22 advantage.

By the fourth quarter Printz brought in his second team to close the game out.

"Second team really helped us. They scored a lot of points," Thornton said. "They looked pretty good."

Once Golden Valley went ahead 66-26 with five minutes left in the game, the referees implemented a running clock.

The Lancers' Corey Payne was the only bright spot for his squad, scoring a team-high 13 points.

The Grizzlies improve to 11-1 with its only defeat coming from Hart in the San Fernando Valley Invitational on Dec. 22.

Golden Valley will play Hart in the final today at 7:30 p.m.


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