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Griffins pick up after slack, beat IVC



EastCountySports.com staff report


EL CAJON – The Grossmont College men’s basketball team continued its reputation of playing to the level of its competition.

The Griffins improved to 6-2 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference South with a 62-51 win over visiting Imperial Valley College, a team that has posted just one league win this season.

The Griffs admittedly “laid it all out one-hundred percent on the line” two nights ago in a tough loss against San Diego City, the state’s No. 2-ranked team, according to Grossmont head coach DOUG WEBER.

So to come out a little flat made the Friday night tilt against the usual fodder Arabs actually a tough game.

IVC didn’t have a whole lot to play for but with 30 seconds left on the clock they made a nice three-point shot at the end and were able to get in a couple of fouls to extend the game into the final minutes.

Grossmont did produce a balanced scoring effort led by sophomore BRYCE PARSONS, who scored 11 points, and JOSH BURTON. Burton, a freshman, came off the bench to score 11 points, as well.

DAVID WHEELER and OSCAR LIMON both had 10 points for Grossmont.

“Now we have two regular-season games left before the playoffs a rival game at Cuyamaca and then another meaningful game that could determine second place in the PCAC against a great Southwestern team at our building,” Weber said. “I’m proud of my kids how they played especially Josh Burton and Kyle Ruiz playing the last two games in place of JOSH MORAN.

Burton ended up playing 29 minutes on Friday.

“We gave everything we had Wednesday against city and I think some of us were still feeling the effects of that tonight,” Burton said. “Aside from that I’m just glad we got a win. These last two games are going to be tough no matter the records or previous games. We know people are going to come at us with everything they have so we have to prepare for it and play both games hard and with great intensity.”

Limon handed out six assists against the Arabs and played a team-high 34 minutes.

“I think as a team we did ok, there is always room for improvement,” Limon said. “Coming off that loss Wednesday, being draining physically and mentally, it was good to to pull out a team win today.”

The Griffins matchup against the Coyotes, the second against their District foe this season, will be on Wednesday at 5 at the Coyotes’ gym.

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