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This game had drama and some insane play by both sides. Piedmont would take an early lead and hold on against the San Ramon Valley Wolves, who clawed their way back into the game and nearly completed a great comeback in the fourth quarter. JoJo Murphy and Tyler Isaak dominated all night and at one point in the game it felt like they traded baskets going up and down the court. However, Piedmont would hold on to win this ballgame, 76-71.
Piedmont came out hot in this game, as it made two consecutive three-pointers come out with a 6-0 lead. It would continue to build upon lead as its top two players, JoJo Murphy and Luke Harris, combined for 19 of Piedmont’s 27 points in the first quarter. For SRV, it was almost an all Isaak show. The team started off a little slow in this game, though. It ended up being down just 10 at the end of the first quarter, but it felt like it could have been a lot more.
In the second quarter, the Wolves defense played much better, giving up just 11 points and holding Piedmont to 38 points in the first half. Murphy and Harris would only combine for eight points in that second quarter as well. The Wolves did not take full advantage of the great defense it played, though, as Piedmont played just as hard on the defensive end. After scoring 17 in the first quarter, the Wolves would only put up 14 in the second quarter. Isaak led the way again, as he had seven in the second quarter, giving him a total of 12 in the first half. It was a 38-31 ballgame going into the half.
The second half was action packed, though. As hard as the boys played in the first half, it seemed like everything was ratcheted up even more in the second half. At this point it became the Murphy vs. Isaak show, as those two went back and forth for the rest of the night. Murphy came out of the half making behind the back passes down the court and in the key to feed some of the open players.
Isaak showed his array of moves, as he went inside the key and finished hit some deep shots from outside the arc as well. Isaak would end up having 12 points in the quarter and some great plays, including a buzzer beating three.
In the fourth quarter, the Isaak show continued, but so did the Murphy and Harris show. Murphy and Harris would need just about every bucket at the end of the game, as Isaak would end the night with 40 points. That 40 included some big buckets in the second half that kept them in this ball game. As the time was winding down, the Wolves pulled to within a couple baskets, but Harris made with a great layup to ice the game and the win for Piedmont.
“I thought we were gritty,” Harris said.
“We got heart so we gotta keep defending and rebounding to win games,” Murphy said.
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