Granby Tops Deep Creek 56-47

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Wednesday night marked the non-district openers to the
2012-13 High School Basketball season for both the Granby Comets and Deep Creek
Hornets. At home in Norfolk, Granby
pulled away for a 56-47 victory after leading by only a point at half-time.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"We definitely tried to emphasize defense.
style=> Coming out of half-time, we wanted three
strong possessions and defensively we wanted to get some steals, rebounds and
push the ball," said Granby 6-foot-5 senior center
normal'>Aaron Meredith.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The Comets opened the third quarter on a 12-5 spurt,
getting three-pointers from junior guard Qua
Edwards and senior forward Laguna
Foster. Those outside makes were
timely, particularly for a Granby team that shot only 1-of-11 from beyond the
arc in the first half.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Edwards then pushed the lead to double-figures at 46-35
in the early moments of the fourth quarter with a steal and transition bucket.
style=> Granby turned blocks and steals all night
into hustle points at the other end.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Leading the way for that effort was Meredith, getting
recruiting interest from a host of Division I and Division II schools.
style=> On the night, Meredith finished with 11
points, seven rebounds and a career-high seven blocks, swatting away shots
every time the Hornets penetrated.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"We want to protect the rim, and if a man gets beat, it's
my job," said Meredith, one of the players the Comets are most counting on for production
after seeing their top three scorers from a season ago graduate.
style=> "We lost a lot with seniors graduating,
especially Kareem Thompson, who was a big player for us.
style=> I felt like I had to fill that void."

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Granby controlled the interior much of the game between
Meredith and John Nixon, a 6-foot-6
senior center that came off the bench to score four points and grab five rebounds.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"It's almost like a two-headed monster.
style=> I've got ten fouls at that spot," admitted
Granby Head Basketball Coach Mike
Donovan. "Aaron and John are going
to be really significant for us this year.
Hopefully we're going to get a lot of mileage out of the both of them."

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Deep Creek actually had the game's leading scorer in
guard D'Andre Mullen, who finished
with 16 points on 4-of-9 shooting from behind the arc to follow up a 21-point
effort in a season-opening loss to King's Fork.
The Hornets also led by a point, 14-13 after one quarter of play.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>But Granby shook off a poor shooting start from three-point
distance and ratcheted things up defensively to wear down their visitors from
Chesapeake. As a result, the Hornets
shot only 23% (6-of-26) from the field in the second half.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"I thought we got a number of good plays from a lot of
people, and thought the difference in the game for us was we defend really
well. Obviously, we gave up a few looks
to the Mullen kid, who's a really nice shooter, but for the most part
everything that they had to do offensively was a struggle because I thought we
got up and defend them, got in the passing lines and pretty much didn't give up
too many second shots," noted Donovan.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"I tell my guys all the time, it's nice to win going
away. That's easy.
style=> If I could draw up a script for a game, I
would like it to be a tough game all the way down to the end and make enough
plays that get you to the line, you make your free-throws, you take care of the
ball, defend. Those are the kind of
games where I get a lot of satisfaction. "

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>To go with Meredith's 11 points, the Comets had two
others in double-figures with Edwards' 11 and junior guard
normal'>Willie White's 10 points.
White and Edwards combined to dish out nine assists as well.
style=> Foster chipped in nine.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Deep Creek now falls to 0-2 before taking on resurgent
Lakeland (2-0) on Friday and battling Northeastern High School out of North Carolina
in the Hornet Tip-Off Classic to benefit the American Cancer Society.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Meanwhile, Granby, which has its sights on making the
regional playoffs for the third straight year under Donovan, faces its main
Eastern District rival in Maury on Friday.
An upset of the Commodores would serve notice to the rest of the
district that the Comets may be a contender in a league that is always one of
the more competitive in the state.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"We like flying under the radar, though," Meredith
said. "We just have to take our time,
not go too fast and stay patient. They
definitely pressure the ball, so we don't want to turn the ball over because
that's their game and gets them going."

Postgame Audio with
Granby Coach Mike Donovan
Gallery by Rod Johnson

Aaron Meredith - - 11Pts. 5-9FG, 7Reb. 7Blk.
Qua Edwards - - 11Pts. 6-10FT, 3Reb. 4Ast. 2Stl.
Willie White - - 10Pts. 4-10FG, 5Ast.
Laguna Foster - - 9Pts. 4-9FG, 3Reb. 2Stl.
Juwan Jones - - 5Pts. 5-6FT, 2Reb.

Creek 47:
D'Andre Mullen - - 16Pts. 6-13FG, 4-9 3's, 3Ast.
Jaron Burnell - - 10Pts. 4-12FG, 4Reb.
Deion Brown - - 6Pts. 2-7FG, 12Reb. (8Off.)
Marcellis Perkins - - 5Pts. 1-8FG, 3-8FT, 5Reb. 2Blk. (Fouled Out)


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