No. 2 Grandview blocks Fruita’s bid for upset
The Fruita Monument High School boys basketball team got the shot it wanted Thursday night, but not the result.
Down two points with the ball against second-ranked Grandview in the Ralston Valley Invitational, the Wildcats set up a sideline inbounds play to Drew Bridges with 3.6 seconds to play.
Bridges went up for the shot, but it was blocked, giving Grandview a 61-59 victory.
“Grandview is a good ball team,” Fruita Monument coach Dave Fox said. “We fought hard all game, and it was a good game for us. The game pointed out a few things we need to work on.”
Bridges finished with 18 points and Alex Padgett led the Wildcats with 20. Cody Daniels chipped in 13.
Fruita (3-1) hit five 3-pointers, three by Daniels, but hit only 8 of 14 at the free-throw line.
The Wildcats, who play Legacy today, led 31-30 at halftime but were outscored 14-11 in the third quarter.
Eric Garcia had 20 points for Grandview.
Grand Junction 68, Heritage 57: A 26-point first quarter allowed the Tigers to win its first-round game of the Heritage/ThunderRidge Tipoff Classic.
Justin Whiting scored 13 points for Grand Junction (2-2), Casey Burns and Garrett Harrison scored 12 each and Sean Rubalcaba added 10.
The Tigers, who play Thomas Jefferson at 7 tonight, led 26-7 after the first quarter and took a 37-22 halftime lead.
Grand Junction maintained its 15-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Harrison and Whiting each hit three 3-pointers for Grand Junction.