© 2015 MChandler Granger @ Taylorsville Jan 20 Varsity Michael Chandler Photography-3

Granger Lancers @ Taylorsville Warriors

In the third game of region play the Granger Lancers traveled to Taylorsville High School to battle the defending region champions.  

Before this gets kicked off, I did a proper, neutral story on the Varsity game for The Deseret News via their Deseret Connect program.  You can find the story here.  With that out of the way, to the games!

Sophomore

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Junior Varsity

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With age comes experience, and the ability to adapt to changes gets better.  The Junior Varsity squad came out and recognized that Taylorsville wanted to keep the pace up, and was very comfortable with shooting longer jump shots.  They were more able to keep up with the Warriors on both ends, but one Warrior player kept the Lancers from getting too close.  #24 kept a poker face the entire game, and made ridiculous no look passes and drained three’s in the second half that kept the Lancers at bay.

Varsity

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This was the key game.  The unstoppable force (Taylorsville’s up tempo, Run TMC era Warriors gameplay) versus the immovable object (Granger’s traditional half-court style offense, and crushing defense).  Would Taylorsville be able to silence 6’10” Makol Mawien?  Could Granger Shut down Jameson Tonge’s prolific 3 point shooting?  Unfortunately the unstoppable force won out.  Tonge, along with three other Warrirors scored double digits and Makol was double and triple teamed any time he had the ball.

The next game for the Lancers is today, at Hunter.  The Varsity game will be for a share of second place in region.  The sophomore game tips off at 3:30, junior varsity at 5:15 and varsity at 7:00.  We’d love to see more people out there, cheering the boys on, on all levels.

 

 

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