East County Sports

Griffs bounce back; Coyotes drop opener

Cuyamaca warms up prior to Friday's season-opener against Citrus at the Knights invitational.


EastCountySports.com staff report

PALM DESERT – Former West Hills High star BRYCE PARSONS pumped in 26 points and the Grossmont College Griffins got their offense in gear with a 96-71 rout of host College of the Desert at the Frank Garcia Tournament here Friday afternoon.

Thirteenth-ranked Grossmont was coming off a season-opening loss last night to a higher-ranked opponent, but got off to a 25-18 lead midway through the first half.

Grossmont extended the lead to 51-31 at the half.

Parsons was 11-of-16 from the field, including 3-of-5 from three.

RONALD BLAIN added 15 points and 12 rebounds, while DAVID WHEELER added 17 points for the Griffins.

Grossmont drastically improved its field goal shooting from last night against the Roadruners, as it shot 57 percent as a team, including 12-of-25 from three.

JOSH MORAN scored 11 points and handed out 11 assists for the Griffins.

Grossmont will face Glendale (Ariz.) in the consolation championship on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Glendale lost its tournament opener to Saddleback, 75-50, before bouncing back with a win over Compton, 77-56, to open play here on Friday.

Coyotes are passed by Citrus

SAN DIEGO – Cuyamaca College jumped out to a 14-3 lead 7:15 into the game, but Citrus College eventually rallied for 74-57 season-opening win at the Knights Invitational at San Diego City College on Friday afternoon.

A couple of former El Cajon Valley High

Freshman ABE ALI (El Cajon Valley) led Cuyamaca with 17 points, while freshman BRANDON RUMLEY (El Cajon Valley), of Cuyamaca, had 12 points and 5 rebounds off the bench in the loss.

Ali had four three-pointers.

Citrus eventually cut the Coyotes edge to 26-25, then led 34-31 at haltime.

Citrus led 65-50 with 7:45 left in the 2nd half.

Cuyamaca will face San Diego Mesa on Saturday at 1 p.m. in a consolation semifinal.

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