Late run helps Garden Grove top Bolsa Grande
GARDEN GROVE — There were a lot of scenarios in play for the Bolsa Grande and Garden Grove boys basketball teams as they faced off on the final night of Garden Grove League play.
Bolsa Grande had a chance at the league’s final guaranteed playoff spot if it could win and La Quinta were to lose to Los Amigos.
If Garden Grove pulled out the win, it had an outside chance at a share of the league title if Santiago stumbled against Rancho Alamitos.
Garden Grove (15-9, 7-3) walked off the Bolsa Grande court with a title chance as it defeated the Matadors, 65-59, Wednesday night at Bolsa Grande (8-16, 4-6).
Mitchell Hesla paved the way for the Argonauts as he scored 12 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, while Chris Martinez finished with a game-high 19 points.
Garden Grove coach Ken Frank said he wanted to work inside out with the 6-foot-2 Hesla as the catalyst, but he said his team’s shot selection was suspect at times.
“We were too undisciplined in our shot selection,” he said. “We really wanted to go inside out, and I think we did a nice job of that in the last four minutes.”
The last four minutes is when momentum turned in the direction of the Argonauts.
After trailing by as many as eight points in the third quarter, Garden Grove found its way back and tied the game at 57 with 5:42 left on a 3-pointer from Martinez.
Hesla scored the next basket with 4:40 to play, giving the Argonauts a 59-57 lead.
Garden Grove closed the game on an 8-2 run and received a timely blocked shot from Hesla, deterring any chance for a Bolsa comeback.
The pace of the game was frenetic throughout, something Garden Grove likes to do, but Frank said the tempo was better-suited to Bolsa.
“This game is always a war,” he said. “I think (the pace) is more conducive to them, but once we went inside out, we were fine.”
Antonia Estrada scored a team-high 14 points off the bench for Bolsa, and Anthony Ho added 13.