The Greenhills boys’ basketball team bounced back from a tough loss – one in which they combined grit and poise to almost pull it off – with two impressive wins later in the week.
First the grit and poise.
On Wednesday, the Gryphons lost at home to Cranbrook-Kingswood 54-52.
Greenhills rallied from 18 points down in the third quarter to take a three-point lead late in the game. Cranbrook made a five-point run to pull ahead by two points. Drew Sachs was fouled on a jumper with about 15 seconds to go and hit two free throws to tie the game.
But Cranbrook tipped in a miss at the buzzer to win the game, creating a three-way tie in the regular-season standings.
Sachs led the way with 16 points, including knocking down all nine free-throw attempts. Naazir Hamzavi had 10 points and Samir Hafez scored eight for Greenhills.
The Gryphons bounced back the next day with an impressive win over Father Gabriel Richard. The Gryphons knocked off the host Irish 61-40.
“I was really happy with our execution,” Greenhills Coach Andrew Wright said. “We only turned the ball over nine times and played great defense in the win.”
Sachs made 10 of 16 shots from the floor and led the team with 26 points. Stevie Snabes and Finn Klein each scored 11 in the win.
The Gryphons opened the CHSL playoffs on Saturday with an easy 84-43 win over Everest Collegiate. Hafez had four threes and Stevie Snabes led the team with 16 points.
The semifinals are at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday night against Madison Heights Bishop Foley at West Bloomfield Hills Marion.