By Bill Paterson
There is no better area boys basketball league for electric atmosphere and big-game intensity than the Sierra Foothill League.
That pulsating excitement was on full display tonight at Granite Bay when the No. 6 Grizzlies beat No. 5 Woodcreek 57-56.
The Granite Bay gym was so packed that the announcer appealed several times for spectators sitting in the bleachers among the standing-room-only crowd to squish in to try to create some extra seating.
Both student rooting sections, Granite Bay's "The Tribe" and Woodcreek's "The Black Mob", fired things up by exchanging constant chants and cheers.
Afterward, Granite Bay's monster rooting section stormed the floor and hoisted Nathan Brillington, who made the winning three-pointer with 6.2 seconds, on their shoulders and seranaded the happy and surprised 5-9 junior guard with chants of "Nate, Nate, Nate!"
"What an amazing high school experience," said Granite Bay coach Jason Sitterud. "We'll tell (the players), 20 years from now, you'll always remember this game.'"