A 10-0 run in the 4th quarter helps Vikings keep lead during 67-55 win
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
I thought we did an outstanding job defensively in the first half, holding Harbor Springs to 15 points. We played well in spurts at both ends of the court throughout the night. In the second half, we did an outstanding job of attacking the rim and glass. I thought that we were somewhat timid in that department in the first half. I also liked how we ran our transition break, getting open shots through ball movement and pushing the ball." – Rich Moffit, GHS Varsity Boys Basketball Coach
The Grayling Vikings opened the fourth period of Tuesday night’s league game vs. the Harbor Springs Rams with a 10-0 run, extending their lead to 20 and erasing any momentum the Rams might have had after they pulled within six in the third quarter. The Rams hit several three-pointers down the stretch, but the Vikings maintained a double digit lead in the fourth period and Grayling won by 12 points, 67-55.
The Vikings opened the game with an 11-0 run, a series that included an inside shot by Spencer White, a drive by Trey Moffit, a three-pointer by Justin Nicholas, and two put-backs by Troy Summers. White hit a three-pointer at the 3:49 mark of the first period. White also scored on a short jumper.
Going into the second quarter, Grayling had a 16-7 advantage.
The Vikings outscored Harbor Springs 12-8 in the second period, giving Grayling a 28-15 lead at halftime.
The Vikings scored their 12 points in the second quarter with a three-pointer by Nicholas, three free throws from Summers, a three-pointer by Ryan Anderson, one free throw from White, and an inside shot by Summers.
The Rams converted on three attempts from beyond the three-point arc in the third period, cutting Grayling’s lead to six points with 3:44 left in the quarter. Harbor Springs outscored the Vikings 15-12 in the eight-minute quarter, and Grayling led 40-30 going into the fourth period.
Third quarter highlights for Grayling included two baskets by White, a three-pointer by Nicholas, a jump shot by Nicholas, and a lay-up by Summers.
Grayling opened the fourth period with a 10-0 run, giving the Vikings a 50-30 lead with 5:55 left in regulation. The series included two free throws from White and eight points from Summers.
An 11-2 run by Harbor Springs cut Grayling’s lead to 11, 52-41, with three minutes left in the game. White made two free throws for Grayling. The Rams connected on a three-point basket. Grayling scored seven unanswered points with an inside shot by Summers, a three-pointer by Moffit, and two free throws from Nicholas.
The Vikings led 63-46.
The Rams hit a three-pointer. Moffit made two free throws for Grayling. Harbor Springs shot from three-point range and made it. The Vikings scored on an inside shot by Spencer Tomczak. The Rams hit another triple in the final seconds.
Grayling won 67-55.
“I thought we did an outstanding job defensively in the first half, holding Harbor Springs to 15 points. We played well in spurts at both ends of the court throughout the night. In the second half, we did an outstanding job of attacking the rim and glass. I thought that we were somewhat timid in that department in the first half. I also liked how we ran our transition break, getting open shots through ball movement and pushing the ball,” Coach Rich Moffit said.
Summers finished with 21 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks. White had 19 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Nicholas had 15 points, three assists, and three steals.
“It was also great to see Spencer Tomczak, the 100.3 Player of the Game, score a field goal. He has worked extremely hard during the offseason and is a valuable member of our unit,” Coach Moffit said. “We have a tight group of kids that continue to push forward through our season.”
“I am pleased with the win and it sets up a big game this Friday vs. Elk Rapids,” Coach Moffit said.
The win vs. Harbor Springs improved Grayling’s Lake Michigan Conference record to 8-2 (12-3 overall).