Vikings rally in the 4th quarter for a 64-54 victory at Gaylord
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
This was a really nice win for our school, kids, and community. We struggled in the first half, shooting 13 percent from the field. I thought we played hard defensively, but needed to be more aggressive offensively and attack the basket more. Loved the way that our kids responded in the second half, outscoring Gaylord 43-25. We shot 42 percent from the three and 56 percent from the two. We were also 18 for 26 from the free throw line in the second half. I also loved the way that we guarded on the perimeter, pressuring Gaylord into 4 for 22 from the arc." – Rich Moffit, Grayling High School's Varsity Boys Basketball Coach
They got behind. They came back. With a fourth quarter rally on Tuesday night, Grayling High School’s varsity boys basketball squad defeated the Gaylord Blue Devils by 10 points, 64-54, during a nonconference game hosted by Gaylord. It was the season opener for the Vikings.
The Blue Devils led 13-11 at the end of the first quarter. Grayling scored its first 11 points of the 2016-2017 season with three free throws from Troy Summers, two inside shots by Summers, and four free throws from Spencer White.
At halftime, the score was Gaylord 29, Grayling 21.
The Vikings scored 10 points in the second period with a three-pointer by Ryan Anderson, two free throws from Justin Nicholas, and four free throws from White.
The Blue Devils hit two free throws early in the third quarter to lead by 10, 31-21.
The Vikings rallied to score nine unanswered points. The 9-0 run included two free throws from Nicholas, a three-pointer by Trey Moffit, an inside shot by Summers, and a lay-up by Nicholas.
A 5-0 run by Gaylord put the Blue Devils up 36-30 with approximately four minutes left in the third period.
White hit a three-pointer at the 3:28 mark. Gaylord made two free throws. Nicholas connected on a three-point basket. Nicholas, fouled on a three-point attempt at the 2:19 mark, made all three free throw shots. The Blue Devils scored on a put-back. White made another shot from beyond the arc. Gaylord responded with a three-pointer. The Blue Devils scored on a reverse lay-up. Nicholas made one of two free throw attempts.
At the end of the third quarter, Gaylord had a 45-43 advantage.
Grayling scored first in the fourth period with a put-back by Summers. White scored on a drive to the basket. The Vikings led 47-45.
Gaylord scored four points with two free throws and an inside shot. The Blue Devils led by two, 49-47.
The Vikings scored eight unanswered points with three free throws from White, an inside shot by Summers, and a three-pointer by Moffit. The 8-0 run gave Grayling a 55-49 lead.
Gaylord scored on a put-back at the 3:24 mark. The Vikings had a 55-51 advantage.
Grayling extended its lead to 11 points with a 7-0 run, scoring all seven points from the free throw line (four by Nicholas, two by White, one by Moffit).
Gaylord shot from three-point range, missed, got the rebound, and made a three-point basket at the 0:15 mark.
Brent Weismiller made two free throws for Grayling in the final seconds.
The Vikings won by 10 points, 64-54.
“This was a really nice win for our school, kids, and community. We struggled in the first half, shooting 13 percent from the field. I thought we played hard defensively, but needed to be more aggressive offensively and attack the basket more,” Coach Rich Moffit said.
“Loved the way that our kids responded in the second half, outscoring Gaylord 43-25. We shot 42 percent from the three and 56 percent from the two. We were also 18 for 26 from the free throw line in the second half. I also loved the way that we guarded on the perimeter, pressuring Gaylord into 4 for 22 from the arc,” Coach Moffit said.
White finished with 21 points, six rebounds, and four assists. Nicholas had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Summers had 13 points and eight rebounds.
“Spencer White and Justin Nicholas provided a spark for our team offensively. They combined for 25 of 34 from the line, 16 boards, and six assists with their aggressive play and hit some big free throws down the stretch. Troy Summers, despite being in foul trouble, had 13 points and eight boards. Trey Moffit hit a big three down the stretch. Christian Artress was solid defensively. Bench play was solid with (Sam) Davis, (Ryan) ‘Ostrich’ Anderson, Nick Hunter, and (Brent) ‘BW’ (Weismiller) giving valuable minutes,” Coach Moffit said.
Grayling will host a Canadian team – St. John Paul II – on Friday, Dec. 16. It will be the home opener for the Vikings after starting the season with three away games.