The Credo High School Men’s basketball team went 1-2 in the annual Brett Callan Memorial Tournament in what was a good early season test for them. The Gryphon, as a smaller school, are looking for opportunities to test themselves against better competition. This weekend was a good way to do that.
The Brett Callan Memorial Tournament is an annual tournament played every Dec. to honor slain high school athlete Brett Callan, who was killed in a fatal car accident. This year’s tournament consisted of eight teams from around the Bay Area. The Gryphon, Casa Grande Gauchos, Analy Tigers, St Vincent De Paul High School and Montgomery High School were the local teams, while Urban High School, Del Campo High School and Washington High School were the traveling schools.
The Gryphon journey started with a 71-45 loss at the hands of the Casa Grande Gauchos. The Gauchos were bigger and more athletic than the Gryphon, but that didn’t stop the team from playing hard all the way through. After getting outscored 38-16 in the first half, the Gryphon fought back to only lose the second half 33-29, including losing the fourth quarter by one point.
The continued improvement shown by the Gryphon was a good sign for them, as it shows the team never gives up and are able to make adjustments in game even against top level competition.
After the loss, the Gryphon moved into the losers bracket and played a hard-fought game against Washington High School, losing 60-51. Again, this is a good loss for the Gryphon considering the Eagles are a school with just about 2,000 students. The Gryphon are a small school playing against teams much bigger than them. Just being in this tournament shows they are a formidable opponent for any team that plays them.
The Gryphon wrapped up their tournament on a high note with a 66-46 victory over St. Vincent De Paul High School. This game ended with the Gryphon outscoring St. Vincent 20-3 in the fourth quarter. The game was competitive throughout and the Gryphons great fourth quarter against the Gauchos definitely carried over into Sat. afternoon’s contest.
With the win the Gryphon closed 2019 with an 8-5 and will start 2020 on a high note. The Gryphon have one more non-conference game against Cloverdale High School Jan. 8 before they start league play.