East County Sports

Griffs fall short of Falcons in Adelman Classic opener



By Dave Dickens


OCEANSIDE (1-2-18) – The Grossmont College men’s hoops team has had a tough last two games on the road.

Not only are the Griffins playing top quality teams, the Griffin offense has suddenly been stymied.

The 11th-ranked Griffins were still licking their wounds from the last tough loss on the road against a quality L.A. Harbor team, and then had to tangle with the 13-3 Falcons, and the Griffins (9-6) now have 3-straight losses, after losing Tuesday, 69-57, at the Clete Adelman Classic at MiraCosta College.

Grossmont played a very competitive 1st half, as they were down 34-29 at the half.

Grossmont in the 2nd half played great defense, holding sixth-ranked Cerritos to just 45% from the field and 11% from the 3 point line.

Yet the Griffins did not cash in on the buckets that have been made prior to the last 2 games in particular.

Grossmont was outscored 35-28 in the 2 nd half, which led to the loss.

“I have to hand it to Cerritos, great, talented program, with a big size mismatch with our players as some of their’s were 6’7, 6’8,” said Grossmont Head coach DOUG WEBER.

“They pounded us inside and we just were not making the greatest shots as a team,” said Weber.

Both DAVID WHEELER and BRYCE PARSONS were the leading scorers with 13 points each.

“Tonight we struggled a lot on the offensive side, shooting only 5-for-21 from the 3-point line,” said Parsons, a sophomore. “On the positive side, our defense has held the last couple of teams under the average.”

Grossmont  will face MiraCosta(5-10), who is hosting the tournament, and lost to Antelope Valley (10-8), 88-68.

The contest will be at 2 pm at MiraCosta.

This game is a great matchup for the Griffins and should help them snap their 3-game skid and get back on the winning track along with offensive prowess.

“From what we observed tonight on MiraCosta’s play, they have good guard play and shooters, so we need to keep their guards from getting into the middle of our defense,” Parsons said.

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