Grizzlies break their slump
by Chris Byess
cbyess@cherokeetribune.com
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Creekview’s Matt Leahy runs into the pick set by Northview’s Bevan Bezuidenhout. Leahy and the Grizzlies snapped a three-game losing streak by picking up the Region 7AAAAA win Tuesday.
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Creekview’s Matt Leahy runs into the pick set by Northview’s Bevan Bezuidenhout. Leahy and the Grizzlies snapped a three-game losing streak by picking up the Region 7AAAAA win Tuesday.
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CANTON — Though it wasn’t always easy, Creekview managed to finally end its three-game losing streak with a 50-46 win over Northview in Region 7AAAAA (A) play Tuesday.

Both the Grizzlies (3-4, 1-1) and the Titans (1-4, 1-1) got off to sluggish starts offensively, with the teams amassing a total of 13 points in the first quarter.

In the second, Creekview picked it up, in large part thanks to the play of senior Matt Leahy, who was the only Grizzly to break double digits in points in the first half.

After an eight-point run halfway through the second quarter, the Grizzlies were able to take a 23-18 lead into halftime.

With Creekview scoring only 11 points in the third, Northview found itself with ample opportunities to get itself back in the game, but the Titans struggled to string together successful passes, suffered from a poor shooting and found themselves entered the fourth down by six.

With both teams sensing the game was still up from grabs, the offensive output increased, with Creekview taking a 10-point lead with strong play at the basket.

The Titans were able to close to within four, but time expired to give the Grizzlies their first victory in over two weeks, since Nov. 19 against Wesleyan.

Leahy was the only Creekview player to finish the game in double digits with 17 points, while forward Damon Powers finished with eight.

Northview’s Isaiah Rose scored a game-high 23 points.

Though Creekview coach Casey Gramling felt the Grizzlies still had much to improve on, he was pleased to get back in the win column.

“We need to get better,” he said. “We’re missing a lot of field goals — shots that I expect our boys to make. But the bottom line is we were on a three-game losing skid, so I’ll take anything. It was nice to go into the locker room after a victory. It is a step in the right direction.”

Gramling also said that he was concerned with the offensive struggles that his team has endured all season.

“We are used to scoring 60 or 70 points a game, but this year, I think we’re averaging in the 40s, which is not the kind of basketball we’re used to playing,” said Gramling, whose team is actually averaging just over 50 points a game after their win against Northview. “We’ve just got to score more.”

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Creekview 50, Northview 38:
The Lady Grizzlies also suffered from a slow start before turning on the offense in the second half to win a Region 7AAAAA (A) game that was less competitive than the score indicated.

After entering halftime down by two and having scored only 18 points in the first half, Creekview (4-3, 2-0) came out much improved in the third quarter and went on a 10-point run to take a nine-point lead over a Northview squad that only managed to score six points in the period.

Creekview actually had a 20-point lead with time winding down in the fourth, but some quick steals in the final minute of the game led to eight Northview points, which pulled the visitors to within 12 before time expired.

Dee Blankenship led the Lady Grizzlies with 10 points.

Creekview coach Roger Nolan was pleased to see his offense improve as the game went along.

“In the first half, we weren’t executing our offense well, but then we ran a different set offense in the second half, and we were much more patient,” he said.

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