Grayling defeats Roscommon 74-36 on Tuesday night
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
Grayling High School’s varsity boys basketball squad defeated the Roscommon Bucks 74-36 on Tuesday night during a nonconference game hosted by the Vikings.
Grayling opened the contest with a 7-0 run, scoring seven points with lay-ups by Trey Moffit and Nick Hunter and a three-pointer by Moffit. Christian Artress hit a triple for the Vikings. Conner Brill converted on two inside shots. The Vikings ended the first period with a 7-0 run, a series that included two free throws from Hunter, a three-pointer by Moffit, and a drive by Justin Nicholas.
After eight minutes of regulation, Grayling led 21-8.
The Vikings scored eight unanswered points early in the second quarter with a fast break lay-up by Moffit, a triple by Nicholas, and a three-point shot by Moffit. Sam Davis scored Grayling’s next six points with a lay-up, a drive, and a jump shot. Hunter hit two free throws. Just before the halftime buzzer, Moffit hit another triple (his third, and the team’s fifth).
At halftime, the score was Vikings 40, Bucks 21.
Grayling outscored Roscommon 15-1 in the first 4:43 of the third quarter. Nicholas, Hunter, Brent Weismiller, and Moffit scored points for the Vikings during the run.
The Bucks hit two three-pointers. Hunter scored on jumper and a three-pointer. Brill made an inside shot for Grayling. Louis Cotton hit a three-pointer for GHS in the final seconds of the third period.
Going into the fourth quarter, Grayling led 65-30.
The Vikings edged the Bucks 9-6 in the final eight minutes of regulation. Brill, Davis, Ryan Anderson, and Eli Jackson scored points for GHS down the stretch.
Grayling won 74-36.
“Our guys did a great job of setting the tone of the game early and playing at a high level of intensity at the defensive end of the court. We created several turnovers and we were able to create a number of easy baskets as a result,” Coach Rich Moffit said. “I loved our chemistry on the floor, especially at the offensive end of the court.”
T. Moffit had 20 points and three steals for GHS vs. the Bucks. Nicholas had 12 points, four rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Hunter had 12 points, five rebounds, and two steals. Brill had 10 points. Davis had eight points and two steals.
The Vikings will play in the Detroit Roundball Classic on Friday, Dec. 29.
“Bottom line is that we need to continue to grow as a team and get better,” Coach Moffit said.
9-0 run wins it for Gladiators during league opener on Friday
It was a tie game with 1:28 remaining in regulation, but the Traverse City St. Francis Gladiators outscored the Grayling Vikings 9-0 down the stretch, giving the visiting Gladiators a 69-60 victory vs. Grayling during a Lake Michigan Conference contest – the first one of the 2017-2018 season for GHS – on Friday night at Grayling High School.
The Vikings outscored Traverse City St. Francis 16-7 in the first quarter. Grayling scored its first 16 points with two inside shots by Nick Hunter, a three-pointer by Justin Nicholas, two jump shots by Nicholas, two free throws from Trey Moffit, two free throws from Christian Artress, and one free throw from Conner Brill.
At halftime, the Vikings led 33-21 after outscoring St. Francis 17-14 in the second quarter of play. Nicholas had eight points in the period with six free throws (on six attempts) and one drive to the basket. Artress had four points with a triple and one free throw. Hunter had three points with an inside shot and one free throw. Brill scored on an inside shot. Brent Weismiller had one free throw.
The Vikings were not able to match their first half effort in the third period, and the Gladiators battled back. Traverse City St. Francis outscored Grayling 20-7 in the first seven minutes of the eight-minute quarter, giving the Gladiators a 41-40 lead.
Ryan Anderson hit a three-pointer for Grayling with 55 seconds left in the third period, putting the Vikings up by two, 43-41. Traverse City St. Francis completed a three-point play at the 0:18 mark, giving the Gladiators a one-point advantage. Nicholas hit a triple for Grayling just before the third quarter buzzer.
After three quarters of play, the Vikings led the Gladiators 46-44.
Traverse City St. Francis scored on an inside shot to tie the game at 46-46. Nicholas scored on a drive. A 7-0 run by St. Francis gave the Gladiators a 53-48 lead. Grayling responded with a 7-0 run, scoring seven points with a drive by Nicholas, a three-pointer by Nicholas, and a jumper by Nicholas. St. Francis hit a three-pointer at the 3:37 mark, giving the Gladiators a two-point lead.
Nicholas hit two free throws. The Gladiators hit a three-pointer. Hunter made one of two from the free throw line. Traverse City St. Francis made one free throw. With 1:28 left in the game, Nicholas converted on two free throw attempts, tying the score at 60-60.
The Gladiators made a three-pointer at the 1:06 mark. Grayling shot from beyond the three-point arc, missed, and the Gladiators rebounded the ball. Grayling fouled, and Traverse City St. Francis made both free throws. The Vikings shot from three-point distance and it didn’t go in. St. Francis got the rebound and Grayling fouled. The Gladiators hit both free throw attempts. Traverse City St. Francis stole the ball and Grayling fouled. The Gladiators, with 13 seconds left on the clock, made both shots from the line.
Traverse City St. Francis won by a final score of 69-60.
“We played outstanding basketball in the first half,” Coach Rich Moffit said. “Our press did an outstanding job of attacking (Traverse City St. Francis) and creating turnover situations. We did a great job of breaking their press, which resulted in easy baskets for us on the other end of the court.”
“The second half was a different story. The game slowed down at the offensive end for us and we were out of sync. We also had many fouling situations; fouling negates hustle, and this put some of our key guys on the bench,” Coach Moffit said.
“I loved the way that we battled back and fought vs. adversity. We probably led 75 percent of the game and we will use this game as a learning situation,” Coach Moffit said.
Nicholas finished the game vs. St. Francis with 32 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Artress had nine points. Weismiller had seven points.
The Vikings (2-2 overall, 0-1 league) will play in the Detroit Roundball Classic on Friday, Dec. 29. After the holiday break, Grayling will play at East Jordan on Friday, Jan. 5.
Lake Michigan Conference
St. Francis......................1-0 (1-3)
Boyne City......................0-0 (2-1)
Elk Rapids......................0-0 (1-2)
East Jordan....................0-1 (0-4)
Harbor Springs...............0-0 (0-0)
Last week’s scores:
Boyne City 63, Cedarville 39
Kingsley 52, Elk Rapids 44
Kalkaska 83, East Jordan 42
Gaylord 62, Charlevoix 49
Grayling 74, Roscommon 36
Kingsley 41, St. Francis 40
Bellaire 58, East Jordan 45
Cadillac 50, St. Francis 49
St. Francis 69, Grayling 60