The Gridley Boys’ basketball team travelled to Durham on Thursday of last week for the Durham Invitational Basketball tournament.
On Thursday, in a rematch of last year's Northern Section Division IV title game, the Bulldogs battled tooth and nail with Central Valley, staying within points the entire game until finally falling 53-46. The Bulldogs struggled with the quickness of Central Valley’s defense, according the Coach Nathan Link. Tyler Abrego led the team with 18 points. Sam Cota finished with eight, while Mat Scott and Leo Espinoza each added 5.
The boys bounced back in the second round with a 58-55 victory over Oroville. After having a 9-point lead at the half, Oroville gave the Bulldogs a scare by rallying to take the lead by the end of the 3rd quarter.
“The kids handled the adversity well and bounced back to finish the game strong. We did a better job of knocking down free throws late in the game to hold onto a 58-55 win.”
Abrego, again, led the team and finished with a game high 21 points. Mat Scott scored 14 points, while Shobi Khan added 8.
The Bulldogs found themselves up against an aggressive Las Plumas defense in the Consolation Championship game on Saturday. However, Gridley’s defense proved to be even more aggressive and held Las Plumas to a combined 12 points in the 2nd and 3rd quarter. Abrego again carried the Bulldogs, this time to a 58-51 victory. Abrego finished the game by leading all scorers with 28 points. Scott finished with 10, and Emery Haddy scored five.
“We had a great weekend,” said Link, “We had a bit of a rough start, but played well on Friday and Saturday to win the Consolation Championship.”
Tyler Abrego earned all-tournament honors by averaging 22 points and over 12 rebounds in the three games. Mat Scott also played well, according to Link, and averaged 10 points and eight rebounds per game.