By John Torsiello
After a four-game win streak, the Granby Memorial High school boys basketball team lost to rival Simsbury, 67-46, Tuesday night to fall to .500 on the season.
The Bears, defending state Class S champs, lost their first three games of the season, two by a total of eight points, but then beat Suffield, Bolton, Enfield and East Granby, the latter by 40 points, to rise above the .500 mark.
Granby was within five points late in the third quarter against a solid Simsbury squad at home this week but could not get any closer and wound up losing by 21.
“Against Simsbury, we had our opportunities to put some pressure on a really good basketball team but couldn’t capitalize,” said Granby head coach Walt Hansen. “I thought we had great looks in the first half but shots were not falling. Like I said, Simsbury is a very good basketball team and they sort of imposed their will on us late in the game.”
Leading the way and getting back on track offensively for the Bears was David Eke with 21 points. “I thought David did a real nice job defending E.J. Crawford as well,” said Hansen. Senior tri-captain Curt Field added eight points and also had 10 rebounds and four assists.
Granby had no trouble against neighboring East Granby in the prior contest.
“I thought we played really well against East Granby in spurts,” said Hansen. “We were able to create a lot of offense with our pressure defense and our ability to get to the basket.”
Granby’s scoring was balanced as Tanner Gibson led the way with 13 points and seven rebounds. Field and Logan Brower shot the ball well with three three-pointers apiece and nine points each. Alex Makuch chipped in with 10 points and Connor Brown added 10 rebounds.