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Golden Valley can't keep pace with Franklin

SACRAMENTO — Donte Scott can't believe he won't have to show up to basketball practice today.

His season over, the Golden Valley senior had a difficult time dealing with the pain of a 74-47 loss to Franklin of Elk Grove in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinals Thursday night at Arco Arena.

"It's real tough," said Scott, with tears ready to drop from his eyes. "It's back to reality for me. I'm going to miss these guys so much. They're like my family.

"Nobody expected us to get this far. We expected to win the section championship."

Seventh-seeded Franklin (23-7) ran away from No. 3 Golden Valley early.

Golden Valley struggled in just about every way it could against a bigger, quicker opponent.

Senior John Sykes was able to carry Golden Valley in its quarterfinal win over a similar team in Sheldon at the University of the Pacific in Stockton on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-4-inch senior couldn't turn in another super performance.

Playing Franklin was like playing three or four Sykes at once.

"It was a lot like that," said Golden Valley coach Keith Hunter, whose team finished the season with a 25-5 record. "They were tall and athletic and they were a lot more aggressive than we were.

"They put us on our heels and we usually want to be the team that does that."

Franklin advances to Saturday's section title game against top seed Folsom, which defeated Merced 67-50.

Golden Valley's season is over.

"You don't want it be over," swingman Alex Fletcher said. "You put so much work and time into it. It doesn't seem real."

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