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Cold shooting keeps Skyview boys from hanging with tough Glacier Peak team

Storm go 2 for 22 from 3-point range in 59-47 loss to Grizzlies

By , Columbian Assistant Sports Editor
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Skyview's Demaree Collins (5) drives to the basket during the Storm's game against Glacier Peak at Skyview High School on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023.
Skyview's Demaree Collins (5) drives to the basket during the Storm's game against Glacier Peak at Skyview High School on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023. (Tim Martinez/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Coach Matt Gruhler was pleased with effort his Skyview boys basketball team showed against a tough Glacier Peak team on Saturday, except for the shooting.

But, oh boy, that shooting.

“We made our first (3-pointer) and our last three,” Gruher said. “And we missed 20 in a row in between. You’re not going to get very many wins doing that.”

Glacier Peak got 31 points from Josiah Lee as the Grizzlies pulled away from Skyview in the second quarter and never let the Storm back in the game for a 59-47 victory on Saturday.

“We were prepared, but bounces just didn’t go our way,” Gruhler said. “We had some rebounds just slip through our fingers. We had some good looks that just didn’t fall. But we competed to the end, which is what I care about the most. I know our guys are ready to get back after it and get better.”

After taking a 30-19 lead into halftime, Glacier Peak pushed its lead to 16 in the third quarter before Skyview closed within 41-30. The Storm had a chance to close within single digits to end the third quarter, but a late pass slipped away out of bounds.

Glacier Peak scored quickly in the fourth quarter to regain control, building its lead back to as much as 18.

Demaree Collins led Skyview with 19 points, and Jaxson Filler added 11.

Gruhler said the game was a good early-season test for the Storm (1-1). Skyview has put a lot of non-league tests on the schedule.

Skyview plays at Rogers-Puyallup next Saturday before playing in the Hardwood Invite in Portland and caps the month with games at Chiawana and Kamiakin.

“We want to play with the best, and hopefully doing that will raise our level of play,” Gruhler said. “We’ve got some things we are going to need to clean up but overall I think I feel comfortable with where we’re at.”

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