Basketball (W)

Knights Fall At Home To Grossmont, 76-68

1/24/2014

Freshman center Alex Warren had yet another double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough on Friday as the Knights lost to Grossmont, 76-68, for the first time in nearly two years.

Starting guards Jenesis Hayes and Melanie San Nicolas each scored in double figures with 10 points a piece. Hayes also added four rebounds and four assists.

The Knights had a strong start and took a 28-22 lead after back-to-back three-pointers from Audrey Cayetano and San Nicolas, but Grossmont finished the first half on a 12-5 run to take a 34-33 lead at the half. 

Both teams shot poorly in the first half, but the Griffins picked it up in the second half and that, along with their bench performance, turned out to be the difference. Grossmont created some separation in the second half by shooting an impressive 57.7 percent while the Knights shot only 37.1 percent. Grossmont's bench also outscored the Knights' bench, 35-18.

The Knights did go up 38-34 early in the second half, but that lead didn't last long. The Griffins took control of the game with a 12-0 run in a span of three minutes to take their largest lead at 46-38.

SDCC cut Grossmont's lead down to two points on two occasions, but the Knights couldn't get any closer. 

Grossmont's two leading scorers, Jonalynn Fuentes (17 pts.) and Jasmine Patrick (15 pts.) both came off the bench and played important roles down the stretch to seal the win. 

The last time that the Griffins were able to defeat the Knights was two seasons ago on February 15, 2012. The teams will face each other once more at Grossmont on February 19.

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