GREELEY — Centaurus boys basketball coach Travis Maron will find out a lot about his Warriors on Saturday.
One day after being handed their most humiliating loss of the season, an 84-42 decision at the hands of Northern League leading Northridge, the Warriors will head back to the gym with what he hopes is a bit of amnesia from Friday night and a look to the future.
"We have to be there with a new energy and we have to look at every game as feedback," said Maron, whose team dropped to 3-7 overall and 0-4 inside the league. "What did we do well and what did we not? What do we need to work on?
"And that is how we are going to approach it tomorrow when we show up to practice. We are going to show up and we are going to try and get better."
The length, speed and aggressiveness of the homestanding Grizzlies was evident from the get-go. Quite content to run up and down the court at a pace the Warriors had yet to see this season, Northridge coupled that with quick hand on defense that forced six turnovers in the opening quarter.
It all added up to a 27-point first quarter. The Grizzlies couldn't miss.
"You give an athletic team that likes to get up and down the court a little bit of confidence, the you are in trouble," said Maron, who was forced to sit leading scorer Eric Gambon early in the first quarter after he picked up two quick fouls — ironically they committed just five the whole game.
"We just didn't play with much poise and we let them get some turnovers, run outs and that confidence."
There was no slow down in the Grizzlies either and their lulls didn't last long. Centaurus was forced to try and keep up and make things respectable.
But for every small run the Warriors made, the Grizzlies countered with an even bigger one
"We thought we could chip away at it and make a game of it (in the third quarter)," Maron said. "we just didn't do a good enough job and turnovers again are kind of our Achilles heel at the moment and we need to try and figure that piece out."
Grayson Walker led the Warriors, who will try to get league win No. 1 next week against either Mountain View on Tuesday or at home against Niwot on Thursday, with nine points and both Gambon and John Houlihan had eight points.
Devin Smith led Northridge with 18 points. The balanced Grizzlies attack also featured 17 from Oscar Maldonado and 13 from Elijah Llamas.
NORTHRIDGE 84, CENTAURUS 42
CENTAURUS (3-7, 0-4)
Grayson Walker 3 0-0 9, Ian McGuire 1 0-0 3, Eric Gambon 3 0-0 8, Quinn Rubin 0 0-0 0, Josh Negrey 1 1-2 3, Owen Koonce 0 0-0 0, Nick Vaver 1 0-0 3, Ben Casados 0 0-0 0, Matt Shannon 2 0-2 4, Jeff Debouvier 1 2-4 4, John Houlihan 3 2-2 8. Totals 15 5-10 42.
NORTHRIDGE (9-2, 3-0)
Elijah Llamas 5 1-2 13, Nykolas Lange 2 0-0 6, Bryan Decker 2 0-0 4, Chris Decker 1 0-0 2, Andrew Vigil 0 0-0 0, Kaylor Werner 0 1-2 1, Brexton Cone 3 0-0 7, Devin Smith 8 1-1 18, Josh Stover 3 0-0 9, Avery Palma 3 1-1 7, Oscar Maldonado 7 0-1 17. Totals 35 4-7 84.
Score by quarters:Centaurus 10 12 6 14 — 42
Northridge 27 17 19 21 — 84
3-point field goals — Centaurus (7): Walker 3, Gambon 2, McGuire, Vaver; Northridge (10): Maldonado 3, Llamas 2, Lange 2, Cone, Smith, Stover. Total fouls — Centaurus 5; Northridge 13.