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Archives 2005-06

PCC Standings
Final for 2005/06
Team Conf. Overall
Palomar 13-1 17-11
Cuyamaca 10-4 18-12
Imperial Valley 9-5 12-16
SD City 7-7 17-15
Southwestern 7-7 9-21
Mira Costa 4-10 10-20
Grossmont 4-10 8-20
SD Mesa 2-12 3-24

Four Griffins sign with Universities

(8/28) Three Griffins off of the 2005-06 squad, and one player from the prior season will continue their playing careers at universities.

Gerred Link, who was a two-year starter for the Griffs will play for Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. The Swedes made it to the NAIA National Championship game last season, and feature former Griff Anthony Javey. An All-PCC selection, Link led the team in scoring last year and was among conference leaders in 3 point field goal percentage. "Coach O'leen of Bethany has penciled him in as the starter at the point guard position," said Grossmont coach Doug Weber.
Joining Link at Bethany will be Gordon Brown, who played at Grossmont during the 2004-05 season.

Versatile forward Troy Valencia (Mt. Carmel High) has signed a scholarship with Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri. The 6'5" Valencia was an All-PCC Honorable Mention for Grossmont last year and led Grossmont in rebounds and field goal percentage. "Coach Hall at Avila says Troy will be able to come in and right away play two or three positions," Weber said.

Also going to Avila will be 6'7" James Deng. Although the raw forward played sparingly at Grossmont last season, his potential landed him a spot with the Eagles. Deng is one of the 3,000 "Lost Boys" from the Sudan. "Although it's tough to see James go after only one year we tell all of our players we will help them get a scholarship and it will be their decision when to accept it," said Weber.
"The best part for James is he will get to play for 3 years at the university level and there is a significant "Lost Boy" population in Kansas City."

Griffs rally, but fall to Southwestern in season finale

Menelik Bluitt goes up against an Apache.

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Grossmont fell behind visiting Southwestern Saturday (2/18) night, mounted a rally, but ultimately fell short, losing 83-67. In their final games as Griffins sophomores Troy Valencia (16 points) and Gerred Link (18) led the scoring. Grossmont finishes the year at 8-20.

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Link Named All-PCCGerred Link

Grossmont guard Gerred Link was the lone Griffin named to an All-PCC team Monday (2/20.) Link, a sophomore, was selected to the Second team. Link, who is from Chaminade High in Van Nuys, led Grossmont in scoring (10.7 ppg), 3-pointers made (38), and was second in assists (2.2).
Two other Griffins were also honored as honorable mentions. Sophomores Troy Valencia, and Mike Fitzhugh were given post-season honors by the PCC.
Valencia, a swingman, was an all-around contributor for the Griffs, averaging 8 points and a team-leading 6.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 40% from three-point range.
A forward, Fitzhugh was good for 9.5 points per game, and 6 rebounds while providing a strong scoring presence inside for Grossmont.

2006 All-PCC First Team

Marlon Pierce Cuyamaca
Manny Alcala Palomar
E.J. Ross Palomar
Cornel Williams City
Mytrell Foreman Southwestern
Deveon Jenkins IVC
Ricky Martinez MiraCosta

Valencia honored as PCCValencia Athlete of the Week

Troy Valencia, a 6-5 sophomore was named the PCC's top performer for the week ending February 12th. The former Mt. Carmel High star, had 24 points, was 10-for-17 from the field, was 4-for-4 from the free throw line, grabbed 29 rebounds, dished off seven assists, and had four blocks and five steals in the Griffins' two games during the week. Grossmont lost to IVC 71-67, then defeated Mesa 115-92

Griffs, Collins light up MesaCollins

Grossmont exploded for 115-92 win at Mesa College Saturday night. Guard Steven Collins led the scoring spree with 29 points. Mike Fitzhugh (19), Troy Valencia(17), and Casey Hight (17) hit double digits in scoring.

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Arabs win in final minutes

With eight minutes to play the Griffins had a six point advantage, but visiting Imperial Valley rallied to take the game 71-67. Mike Fitzhugh once again led the Griffins, scoring 16 points and grabbing six rebounds. Troy Valencia (right) just missed a double-double with eight points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard Gerred Link had 10 points for the Griffins. Grossmont travels to San Diego Mesa Saturday at 7pm.

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Griffins beaten at PalomarFitz

Grossmont forward Mike Fitzhugh knocked down 20 points, but the Griffs were routed by first-place Palomar 99-68. The Griffs host third place Imperial Valley Wednesday at 7pm.

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Link's 25 not enough for GriffinsLink

Despite a season high 25 points from guard Gerred Link (right), the Griffins couldn't complete a comeback attempt, losing to visiting San Diego City 65-63. Link (5-8 on three pointers) scored 17 in the second half, as Grossmont closed in from an early deficit.

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Griffins push first-place Cuyamaca to the brinkFrancisco

The Griffins battled in a back and forth contest with PCC co-leaders Cuyamaca, ultimately falling 73-65. Maurice Clady, Troy Valencia, and Andrew Steudle scored 14 points apiece to lead Grossmont. The Griffins next host San Diego City Wednesday at 7pm.

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Griffins win a close decision at SouthwesternFitzhugh

Mike Fitzhugh (right) hit the winning bucket on a put-back in the final seconds lifting Grossmont over host Southwestern 61-59. Maurice Clady iced the win with a free throw, and finished with 15 points. Steven Collins was also key for Grossmont knocking down a clutch three to tie the score at 56-all. Collins finished with nine points. The Griffs will host first-place Cuyamaca on Saturday at 7pm.

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Grossmont drops PCC matchup toClady Mira Costa

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The Griffins fell to visiting Mira Costa College 77-57 on Saturday night (1/21) falling to 6-14 on the season. The Griffins were led by Gerred Link's 10 points. All 14 Griffs who suited up scored in the contest. The outcome was rarely in jeopardy as Mira Costa held a 35-19 advantage at the half. Grossmont travels to 4-18 Southwestern on Wednesday to continue PCC play.

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Griffins pressured, still down Mesa

Grossmont snapped a two game losing streak byCollins winning a close game with visiting Mesa 82-79. Against Mesa's pressure defense Steven Collins (right) was able to bust out for 23 points on 7-11 shooting, and nine rebounds. Mike Fitzhugh was a force inside for Grossmont scoring 15 points, while going 7-11 at the foul line. Mesa recorded 14 made 3-pointers, and forced Grossmont into 26 turnovers. The Griffins were without center Brett Allred who missed the game due to back spasms.

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Grossmont loses at IVC

Andrew Steudle

The Griffin men started sluggishly and couldn't recover, losing 56-51 at Imperial Valley. The Griffs scored just 14 points in the first half of the Pacific Coast Conference game. To their credit, Grossmont mounted a comeback and tied the score with eight minutes remaining, and actually took a brief lead on a Gerred Link 3-ball. Forward Andrew Steudle had a big night, scoring 19 points. Point guard Maurice Clady had 10, and James Haley had eight points, eight rebounds and blocked four shots.

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Griffs fall to PalomarClady

The Grossmont men put together several rallies in the second half of Wednesday's PCC matchup, but couldn't take a lead, losing 65-70. The Griffins shot just 12-23 from the foul line, leading to their demise. Gerred Link and Troy Valencia led the scoring with 16 points apiece, while James Haley came off the bench for 10. Palomar was paced by forward G.P. Wells' 21 points.

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Grossmont upends City

At San Diego City's new Harry West Gym, the Griffins defeated the Knights 76-63 January 7th. Grossmont was paced by Gerred Link's 17 points, and Mike Fitzhugh's 11. City is one of the teams favored to win the PCC title this season, yet they have opened the year 0-2 in PCC play. The win snaps an eight game losing streak, and gives the Griffins an opportunity to improve to 2-1 in the PCC with a win over visiting Palomar Wednesday at Grossmont, at 7 pm.

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Griffins fall at Cuyamaca

Guard Gerred Link paced the Griffins with 13 points, including three 3-pointers.

Grossmont had the chance to steal a road victory in their first conference game of the season, but lost to Cuyamaca 67-58. The Griffins took a 33-27 lead into the half, and went ahead 52-51 on a Gerred Link 3-ball with 7:52 remaining. The Coyotes, who along with City are considered two of the top teams in the PCC, were lead by Erik Johnson's 16 points. In other PCC news, Saddleback stunned City 62-61. Southwestern entered the game just 2-14. Grossmont will play at City in the new Harry West gym on Saturday night at 7pm.

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Collins receives honorCollins

Grossmont guard Steven Collins was honored as an honorable mention PCC athlete of the week. Collins, a 6-3 sophomore guard from Temecula Valley High School, scored 37 points for the Griffins in two games in the Courtyard by Marriott Tournament at San Diego Mesa. He had 17 points in a 77-74 loss to East Los Angeles and 20-oints in an 85-75 loss to Glendale. The sophomore is averaging 9.9 points and 2.2 rebounds while shooting 47% from three-point land.

Grossmont nipped in Mesa opener

The Griffins fell to East L.A. 74-77 in Wednesday's opening round of the San Diego Mesa tournament. Despite hitting 10 threes, the Griffs allowed East L.A. to come from behind for the victory.

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Center Brett Allred paced Grossmont with 19 points.

Griffs lose heartbreaker at the buzzer

Grossmont lost its opening round game to Cypress College on a buzzer beater, 70-68. 6-7 freshman Brett Allred dropped in 19 points to lead the Griffs (4-6).

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Men defeat Allan Hancock, fall in latter rounds of Tournament

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Grossmont had a balanced scoring attack to best visiting Allan Hancock in the opening round of the Grossmont Invitational tournament. The Griffs then fell to eventual tournament champion Saddleback.

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Troy Valencia

Men win in comeback fashion

The Griffins overcame a 19 point deficit to defeat visiting El Camino College on Saturday (11/25). Center Brett Allred had nine points and nine rebounds for the Griffs (3-3).

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Photo by Frank Gregorek

2005-06 Men's Season Preview

Grossmont head coach Doug Weber welcomes the opportunity to wipe the slate clean and begin anew in the 2005-06 season. Following a frustrating 2004-05 campaign that saw the Griffins finish 3-22, with six forfeits, there is reason for hope this year. The Griffins figure to be very much in the thick of things in the PCC, and are a lock to improve on last year's results. Grossmont returns three players who started last season and have added some major talent over the summer. more

Men fall to Canyons 74-71

After opening the night 0-6 from the field, the Griffins rallied to take a four-point lead into the half. Paced by Maurice Clady's 19 points, the Griffins (2-1) just couldn't sink a potential game-tying 3-pointer in the waning seconds, and took their first loss of the season.

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Link is MVP as Griffins win tournament

Glendale- The Grossmont men opened the season 2-0, en route to winning the Glendale College Tournament. Sophomore guard Gerred Link (right) was named tournament MVP. The 6-1 guard from Chaminade high scored a career high 25 points in the win over Glendale in the first game 78-73. In game two versus Santa Barbara it was 6-8 freshman center Brett Allred who led the scoring with 11, while point guard Maurice Clady scored 8 and handed out 4 assists as the Griffs prevailed 55-51.
The men head home on Tuesday to face College of the Canyons at 6pm.

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LinkLink named PCC Athlete of the Week

Link, a 6-1 sophomore guard from Van Nuys by way of Chaminade College Prep in West Hills, was voted Most Valuable Player Honors in the Glendale Tournament after leading the Griffins to the tournament championship.
Link scored 28 points and also had 11 rebounds, seven assists and four steals - and went 11-for-13 from the free throw line - in wins over host Glendale and Santa Barbara City College.
He scored 25 points in the 78-73 win over Glendale.

Basketball Season Nears Tip-Off

The Grossmont men will begin the 2005-06 campaign November 11-12 at the Glendale Tournament, under the direction of Head Coach Doug Weber. Be sure to check the rest of the schedule, roster and player bios.

--Check back soon for a season preview.


2004-05 Highlights

Grossmont LogoAnthony Javey and Matt Evans have accepted scholarships to Bethany College (Kansas). Congratulations to both!

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