By John Torsiello
The Granby Memorial High School boys basketball team’s run of four straight wins was snapped Tuesday night by Windsor Locks at home.
The Bears, who now stand at 9-4 on the season, lost to the visitors, 60-47, in what head coach Walt Hansen said was a disappointing effort by his club.
“Unfortunately against Windsor Locks we didn’t play with the energy and intensity that we needed to beat a hungry and scrappy team. I was disappointed with our overall effort, energy and defense. We had too many breakdowns defensively and were beat on too many 50/50 balls. Give credit to Locks though, Nate Pierce and Jon Oliveira were the difference makers as they were getting into the lane and making shots.”
The head coach was, however, pleased with his club’s run last week that saw the Bears beat Somers, 66-55, Gilbert, 62-36, and SMSA, 57-50, within a five day span. The previous Friday, Granby beat Coventry, 72-59.
“Last week was a great week for us…we played real well in spurts against Somers, Gilbert, and SMSA. I was really proud of our defensive effort in all three games, particularly in the fourth quarter of the Somers and SMSA games.”
Against Gilbert, the Bears got off to a hot start early with a 26-5 first quarter and cruised the rest of the way. One of the highlights of the game was a Tanner Gibson steal and dunk that ignited the team and the crowd.
Against SMSA, Granby trailed most of the game but made some big plays down the stretch, including a Logan Brower three-pointer that put the Bears ahead for good.
“Logan had some big games for us in that winning stretch, along with David Eke, Tanner Gibson and Curt Field. Conner Brown gave us a nice spark in the SMSA game with five points in the second quarter, including a hoop and a foul shot that put us back in the game.”