By Sam Wilson
The month of February, and even the latter half of January, has been kind to the Springville varsity boys basketball team.
The Griffins won their seventh consecutive game on Thursday, Feb. 14, a stretch that included three victories over teams the Griffins had previously lost to, to finish the regular season 12-8 overall and 11-3 in the ECIC Div. IV. SGI also won its final 10 league game. The winning streak has coincided with a red-hot scoring stretch for senior Mason Goodridge, the school’s all-time leading scorer. Goodridge is averaging 32.9 points over the winning streak and 27.3 on the season.
But a winning streak takes more than one great player.
“We have been playing some great team basketball,” Griffins coach Greg Miller said. “We have been able to succeed at both ends of the court and our transition game is at its best it’s been all season. From starters to guys off the bench, all have been contributing factors in our games.”
Miller noted Goodridge has been “leading the way.”
“Strong play from Adam Pruitt and Austin Boies are making our offensive schemes work so much better,” he added. “Defensively we have seen great play from Alex Francisco and Austin Lux along with Alex Elkins. Coming off the bench, Adam Ditchey and Zack Parker have really stepped into their roles and have been a beneficial factor to our game.”
Springville’s hot stretch in league play to end the season jumped the Griffins to a fifth seed in the Section 6 Class B-1 playoffs. On Wednesday, the Griffins were set to play host to No. 13 Charter School of Applied Technology (10-11) in the second round after CSAT’s 58-40 victory over Tonawanda on Tuesday.
“Both have strong teams,” Miller said before knowing the winner of Tonawanda vs. CSAT. “We will take this one game at a time and be prepared to the best of our ability. Again, I am proud of our team and hope to continue this success we ended our regular season with and apply it to our playoff run.”
The winner of SGI vs. CSAT would then visit No 4 City Honors (17-3) on Saturday for the quarterfinals.
“We need to take it one game at a time,” Miller said of approaching the playoffs. “All opponents bring something different to each game, (and) it is our job to be prepared as best as we can be.
“We will continue the way we play. We love to run our transition game and want to continue that into the playoffs. Defensively, we need to continue to set a precedent on boxing out giving our opponents one opportunity on the offensive end. We need to continue our team chemistry and all guys need to continue their hard work and effort. It will be a tough road ahead and guys will need to step up, but I am confident in our guys and know they will give our team and teammates 100 percent in all aspects of the game.”
SECTION 6 BOYS BASKETBALL
Tuesday’s First Round Games
Albion 68, Alden 40
CSAT 58, Tonawanda 40
Buffalo Arts 72, Dunkirk 57
Wednesday’s Second Round Games
- Fredonia (12-8) at 8. Depew (12-8)
- CSAT (10-11) at 5. Springville (12-8)
- Buffalo Arts (9-10) at 7. East Aurora (10-10)
- Albion (7-13) at 6. Newfane (12-8)
Depew/Fredonia winner at 1. Medina (17-3), 1 p.m.
Springville/Tonawanda/CSAT winner at 4. City Honors (17-3), 1 p.m.
East Aurora/Buffalo Arts/Dunkirk winner at 2. Lackawanna (14-6), 1 p.m.
Newfane/Albion/Alden winner at 3. Olean (20-0), 1 p.m.
Tuesday’s Semifinals (Feb. 26)
(at Buffalo State)
Quarterfinal winners, 5:15 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
Saturday’s Championship (March 2)
(at Buffalo State)
Semifinal winners, 1:45 p.m.