By Indrek Kongats

SGI’s boys Varsity basketball team is 8-4 for the season with 28 sectional points, good for 3rd place in the Erie County Interscholastic Conference, Division 4 League.

Last week, on Jan.19, they played the 1st place 9-5 Cleveland Hill Golden Eagles, losing by a score of 43-58. This was the second matchup between the two teams with the first contest going in favor of the Class B Griffs, 53-50, on Jan. 4. The Class C Golden Eagles have 41 sectional points.

The recap of the game against Cleveland Hill went as follows: 5-18 after 1st quarter, 17-31 half, 25-48 after three, with a final score of 43-58. SGI had 11 turnovers and made only one three-point shot. The Griffs sent the Golden Eagles to the foul line 22 times sinking 12 free throws, while the Griffs themselves shot only eight for 13 from the charity stripe. The real story was that Cleveland Hill out rebounded Springville 21-46-21 and blocked them 9 times.

Senior guard No. 23 Marcus James (no relation to LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers), who normally averages 14.4 points per game, had 20 points and an impressive eight steals. James got into foul trouble early in the game, sitting on the bench in the first half with two quick ones.  In the fourth quarter, James went on a rampage, scoring 13 of his 20 points, but that was too little too late.

Sophomore guard No. 5 Mason Goodridge added 11 points and is the leading scorer for the team, averaging 16.7 points per game. Neither player proved to be a match for the Golden Eagles’ 6’5”center No. 5 J’Son James (once again, no relation to LeBron). J’Son dominated the boards at both ends with 18 rebounds, while adding 13 points and four blocked shots.

This past Tuesday night, Jan. 24, the Griffins played a non-conference game on the road against the 4-11 Class A Iroquois Central High School Chiefs, losing by a score of 59-49. The chiefs were in control of the game the whole time, out-scoring the Griffs in the first half by 12 points, 18-30. A brief rally in the 3rd quarter looked as if Springville was going to get back into the game, scoring 17 points to the Chiefs’ 11, but ran out of steam in the fourth, losing that quarter by four points.

The Griffs’ next conference game will be on Friday, Jan. 27 against the 2nd place 7-6 Holland Dutchman, who currently have 30 sectional points. The Dutchman are a Class C team and have played the Griffs earlier in the season losing 49-61.

The next home game for the Griffs will be Tuesday, Jan. 31 against last place 3-10 Class B Eden Raiders at 6:30 p.m.

The Griffins should have a relatively easy time with their six remaining league opponents before entering the playoffs at the end of February, all of which sit lower in the ECIC standings or that they have previously beaten.

At the time of this article, the Lady Griffs have an overall record of 4-8 and currently have 15 sectional points, putting them into 5th place in the ECIC. The leading scorer for SGI is No. 22 Ivette Lewandowski, averaging 9.4 points per game. Their next home game will be on Friday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. against the 7th place 2-12 Eden Raiders.