Golden Valley loses tight game to Canyon

On Feb. 3, the Golden Valley High Grizzlies were out to avenge an overtime loss to the Canyon High Cowboys. The Grizzlies fell just short again, losing a back-and-forth game, 59-56.

After leading by 13 points at the half, the Grizzlies found themselves down by one entering the fourth quarter. The final quarter was back and forth with neither team taking charge. With 3:18 left to play Golden Valley junior Noah Heinzman drained a deep three-pointer to give the Grizzlies the lead.

With just under two minutes to play Canyon’s Camden Apsay, who led the Cowboys with 18 points, drilled back to back three-pointers to give Canyon a 58-56 lead. Three possessions later Apsay drew a charge giving the ball back to Canyon.

After Canyon’s Selom Mawugbe made one of two free throws, Canyon led by three with two seconds remaining. Grizzly wing player Dylan Strem could not connect on a long three-pointer, ending the Grizzlies’ hopes as they lost the game, 59-56.

Heinzman had a game high 20 points for Golden Valley while sophomore Apsay chipped in with 18 to lead the Cowboys (13-12, 3-4 Foothill League). Friday both teams are in action as Golden Valley (8-14, 1-6 Foothill League) takes on the Valencia Vikings and Canyon takes on the Wildcats of West Ranch.

—Nash Soliman