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Foothillers reverse Eagles’ early fortune

Grossmont's Myki Moreland goes up with a shot on Friday night. / EastCountySports photo

Grossmont’s MORGAN STIDHAM moves past Granite Hills’ MCKAY ROBERTS on Friday night. / EastCountySports.com photo

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Grossmont’s MYKOL RODRIGUEZ looks to pass against Granite Hills. / EastCountySports. com photo

By Ramon Scott

EastCountySports.com

 

LA MESA – The Grossmont Foothillers came up clutch in the waning moments to knock off the previously league unbeaten Granite Hills Eagles, 59-53, in a Grossmont Hills League game Friday night.

In a scrappy contest, both teams committed plenty of fouls.

Grossmont was leading 45-40 late in the third quarter, but the Eagles got a couple of buckets before the buzzer to trail by just one.

Grossmont’s MORGAN STIDHAM nailed a three-pointer with 3:25 left in the game for a 51-48 lead.

Grossmont led 55-52 with 1:15 left in regulation.

The Eagles pulled to within one on a basket with 30 seconds left by XSAVIER SMITH.

Senior DAISEAN CRAWFORD had a steal with 15 seconds left for Grossmont.

Crawford was fouled and made two free throws with just 14.7 seconds remaining.

Stidham had another steal at half court with 4.6 seconds remaining.

“It was hard to get any rhythm,” Granite Hills coach DAN DUFFY said. “They are very well coached and played very hard. It was close down to the end.

“We didn’t hit out shots when we needed them.”

The Eagles’ RAY CUERO did the most he could in the fourth quarter, hitting a pair of field goals and knocking down a pair free throws.

MCKAY ROBERTS, sophomore, led Granite Hills with 13 points, all of them in the first half. He had two three-pointers in the first quarter.

Smith and Cuero both had 10 points for the Eagles.

Grossmont improved to 2-2 in the GHL (11-10 overall) and will host Steele Canyon (8-6, 2-2 GHL) on Tuesday in a major contest that neither team can really afford to lose.

Granite Hills (3-1 GHL, 13-6) has even a bigger contest with GHL co-leader Helix (3-1 GHL, 14-8) on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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