Horde boys now 5-1, 6-2 overall
By Keith Harrington
Granville boys basketball assistant coach Chris Fuller didn’t get much sleep Thursday night and it wasn’t because he has two young children at home. Fuller had just been informed that he would be at the helm of the Golden Horde for Friday night’s home game against Hadley-Luzerne, filling in for head coach Justin Nassivera, who was ill.
Despite his raised stress level, Fuller made his debut a success as the Golden Horde overcame a sluggish start to hold off the Eagles, 75-62, in Adirondack League action.
“I guess I should have expected to have to take over at some point with all of the COVID stuff,” Fuller said after the game. “It was a little bit of a shock to me. But a win’s a win. They (Hadley-Luzerne) made it interesting, that’s for sure.”
Granville fell behind by seven early, exploded to take a 30-point lead, then held off a determined Hadley-Luzerne rally.
The Eagles came into the evening with only six healthy players due to COVID protocols and injuries, including some missing some key contributors.
Hadley-Luzerne showed early that despite having a depleted roster they came to play. The Eagles jumped to a quick 9-2 lead before Granville got its patented press and transition game rolling halfway through the stanza, closing on a 24-3 run to lead 26-12.
The Golden Horde continued to roll in the second quarter, outscoring Hadley-Luzerne 23-7 to lead 49-19 at halftime.
The Eagles refused to quit in the final 16 minutes, riding the hot outside shooting of Alex Mattison and the solid overall play of Josh Foley and Matt Harder to close to within 11 in the second half, but Granville managed to hold them off.
“I told them, they have six guys, but they have six guys that are going to work their tails off,” Fuller said. “We got complacent. And we got cold too. And they got hot. Some guys started hitting some threes and that pumped them up.”
Caleb Nelson was one of five Granville players in double-digits with 24 points. Cody Nelson added 12. Alex Warrington, Nathan Rathbun and Matthew Barlow contributed 12 points each.
Mattison and Josh Ellis had 15 points apiece for Hadley-Luzerne. Harder added 14 and Foley 11 for the Eagles.
Granville is now 5-1, 6-2. Hadley-Luzerne is 2-3, 2-5.
On Tuesday night Granville returned from the holiday break with a dominating 82-31 win over Corinth on their homecourt in another league contest.
Caleb Nelson again led the Golden Horde, netting 33 points, outscoring the Tomahawks by himself. At one stretch in the third and fourth quarters Nelson scored 16 points in a row and 18 out of 20.
“When he’s hot, he’s hot,” said Granville coach Justin Nassivera. “He’s been waiting for that. He’s been frustrated, but he had a good night. He deserves it.”
The Tomahawks came to play early on, getting 3-pointers from Zack Guilder and Kaiden Wright to jump out to the lead. The teams were tied 17-17 after a quarter.
In the second Granville cranked up its pressure defense and allowed Corinth to score just 14 points the rest of the contest.
“I just feel like it’s the common thing I say to you every game. We didn’t shoot that well. Stupid me switched to man to man and let them get 17 points,” Nassivera said. “Then we went back to the zone and back to the press and held them to 14 points the rest of the game. They played hard. That was a great game. I was pleased with them.”
Warrington had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Golden Horde. Cody Nelson and Matthew Barlow added nine points.
Connor Farrell with 10 rebounds and Alex Torres with nine boards had strong games for Granville.
Wright led Corinth with 11 points.
Granville moved to 4-1, 5-2 after the win. Corinth dropped to 0-5, 0-6.
Corinth girls beat Granville, 62-22
By Keith Harrington
The Granville girls basketball team managed to take the court only once last week as their game Friday against Hadley-Luzerne was postponed. On Wednesday the Golden Horde faced a difficult task as they hit the road to meet a Corinth team that is unbeaten in Adirondack League play.
The Tomahawks showed they are as good as advertised as they rolled over Granville, 62-22.
Corinth imposed its will on Granville right from the opening tip, racing out to a 21-3 lead in the first quarter. Things didn’t get any better in the second as the Golden Horde was outscored 13-2 to make it 34-5 at halftime.
Granville found its footing and played much better in the third as Corinth only held a 15-13 edge in that stanza.
The Tomahawks closed the game with a 13-4 fourth quarter.
The scoring tandem of Maddie DeLisle and Emily Dingmon paced Corinth. DeLisle netted 19 points and Dingmon contributed 16.
Lilly Strout and Aspen Williams scored six points each for Granville. Lauren Bascom chipped in four.
Corinth improved to 6-0, 8-0. Granville drops to 2-2, 2-5.