While the Galt Warrior boys’ basketball team has had a decent preseason, going .500, the Sierra Valley Conference season opened last week and the Warriors had their first test of the competitive SVC this year against Rosemont.
The Warriors hosted the Wolverines on Jan. 4 and played a back-and-forth battle where they exchanged the lead in every quarter.
Thanks to a hot fourth quarter by the Wolverines, in which they scored 18 points however, the Warriors lost their first league game 71-64.
The Warriors took one-point lead at the start of the quarter on a Brian Meri basket for a 54-53 game. With approximately 5:42 left, Logan Mayfield tied the score at 57-57, but the Wolverines’ Steven Ramirez scored the next six points in the game, thanks to being fouled on a three-point shot and then hitting a three-pointer.
While the Warriors made clutch plays later in the quarter, small mistakes like a bad pass that was stolen by Rosemont and four missed shots led to Rosemont keeping a safe lead that would later end in the seven-point win.
The game put Galt at 0-1 in the SVC and 8-9 overall.
“We’re still trying to learn how to finish. Shot selection, not knowing time, not knowing areas and angles hurt us tonight,” Galt coach Lee McCowan said. “But overall, we’re getting better and we’re learning. I believe that we played hard all 32 minutes. Every player that came in contributed.”
The game was the third one in as many days for the Warriors, who played Rio Vista Jan. 2 and won 56-55, then faced Franklin Jan. 3 and lost 77-53.
Except for an early lead by Galt, the Wolverines held the lead for most of the first quarter, which ended with a 21-14 Rosemont lead.
Seven straight points by the Warriors led to the Warriors coming within 23-21 with 6:36 left in the second quarter but, after back-to-back missed shots by Rosemont, Christian Strayhand, who had his best game of the season, hit the next seven points for Galt, and the Warriors overcame a brief tie later in the quarter to enter halftime with a 39-38 lead.
“We just got the short end of the stick this game. The team stayed in it, we got it back within three, then we had the foul at the end so, overall, I’m proud of the team for coming together,” McCowan said.
Francisco Trujillo hit a three with approximately 1:30 left in the game to bring the Warriors within three points but missed their next three shots after stealing the ball twice and rebounding a missed Rosemont free throw.
Ramirez was then fouled with 11.3 seconds left and hit both free throws to help pull away.
The Warriors’ next game is Friday at home against Union Mine.