Galena High boys basketball coach Tom Maurer is becoming tired of moral victories. Once again the Grizzlies had a chance to beat a top team, only to have it slip away in the fourth quarter.
The Grizzlies gave University of San Diego High all it could handle before falling 64-54 on Saturday in the Grossmont Winter Classic. Galena trailed 45-43 going into the fourth quarter. University is ranked. No. 2 in the San Diego section.
"We just flat out lost our concentration," said Maurer about the fourth quarter. "I'm not a happy camper.
"It's time to start stepping up. They've got to start winning games against better teams. We should have won."
Derek Lorenzen had another outstanding effort, scoring 27 points. He was supported by Bobby Contreras, who scored nine points, and Ryan Bristol and Justin Houk, who each added eight points. "That was nice to see," said Maurer about the balanced scoring.
University was led by Enrico Tucker, a guard who has signed with Minnesota. Tucker scored 30 points.
Galena jumped out to a 7-3 lead. "We came out really nice," Maurer said. University ended up taking a 33-25 halftime lead before the Grizzlies pulled to within 45-43 after three quarters. The Grizzlies will continue play in the tournament on Monday against Valley Center of the San Diego area.
CARSON JV BOYS
The Carson junior varsity boys basketball team swept two games to finish 3-0 in its own tournament. The Senators fell behind Lassen 8-5 after one quarter, but went on to win 46-29 and jumped out to a 17-4 lead after one quarter against North Tahoe on their way to a 72-36 victory.
Kevin Brush scored 16 points and Nick Haney added eight points against Lassen. Royal Good and Derek Turoff each scored 12 points, Jeremiah Teeter had 11 points, Cody Barber had nine points and Brush added eight points against North Tahoe.
CARSON FROSH GIRLS
The Carson freshmen girls basketball team (5-2) beat Incline's junior varsity 79-18 to win the Sutro Classic JV title.
Tiffani Barber had 14 points, two assists, two steals and two rebounds, Whitney Hoote scored 11 points, Kendra Simms had 13 points, three steals and three rebounds, Megan Kilty had nine points and eight steals, Lindsay Ford had nine points, three steals and two rebounds, Jennifer Atchian had nine points, two rebounds and two assists, Brittany DeRosa had four points, seven rebounds and one steal, Sarah Metcalf had four points and seven rebounds, Hannah Works had three points, two rebounds and one steal, Elysa Gutierrez had two points and three rebounds, Sarah Evans had two points, nine rebounds and five steals and Bethany Perez had one points and seven rebounds.