Strong start and big 3rd quarter help propel Grayling to 86-56 win
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
This was a really solid effort game for our team. The sustained effort at the defensive end of the court was encouraging. I really liked the way that we shared the basketball. We had four guys in double figures. Justin Nicholas was the key guy with our transition break, leading us with five assists. Really cool to see Louie Cotton and Ryan Anderson hit for a combined six threes." – Rich Moffit, Grayling High School Varsity Boys Basketball Coach
Another game, another hot start, another win. The varsity boys basketball team from Grayling High School defeated the East Jordan Red Devils by 30 points, 86-56, on Friday night during a Lake Michigan Conference game hosted by the Vikings.
Grayling opened the contest with a 16-0 run, and the Vikings led 22-4 at the end of the first quarter. It was the third consecutive strong start for Grayling; the Vikings led 22-6 at the end of the first period vs. Charlevoix on Jan. 6 and the team built a 25-9 first quarter advantage vs. St. John Paul II on Dec. 16.
Grayling’s 16-0 to start Friday night’s contest vs. East Jordan featured a jump shot by Spencer White, one free throw from Christian Artress, a three-pointer by Trey Moffit, two free throws from White, jump shots by Brent Weismiller and Moffit, a drive by White, and a put-back by Troy Summers.
The Vikings scored six more points in the first eight minutes with a three-point play by Summers, two free throws from Moffit, and one free throw from Justin Nicholas.
At halftime, the score was Grayling 39, East Jordan 20.
The Vikings scored 17 points in the second quarter with a three-pointer by Moffit, two free throws from Summers, a put-back by Summers, a put-back by Artress, a triple by Ryan Anderson, an inside shot by Weismiller, an inside shot by Nicholas, and one free throw from Nick Hunter.
In the games vs. Charlevoix and St. John Paul II, the Rayders and the Panthers battled back in the second half to make the contests close; the Vikings won by three, 57-54, vs. Charlevoix and they edged St. John Paul II by four, 71-67. On the sideline on Friday night, the Vikings talked about not allowing any kind of a comeback.
The Grayling players responded with a 15-2 run early in the third period. The series included two inside shots by Summers, a lay-up by Moffit, a triple by Artress, two drives by White, and two free throws from White.
The Vikings scored 12 more points in the quarter with two free throws from Anderson, one free throw from Summers, a three-pointer by Anderson, a lay-up by Hunter, two inside shots by Summers, and two free throws from White.
Overall, the Vikings outscored the Red Devils 29-14 in the third quarter.
Grayling led 68-34 going into the final eight minutes of regulation.
Anderson hit a three-pointer for the Vikings early in the fourth quarter. Louis Cotton hit a three-pointer for GHS at the 6:21 mark. Cotton hit another triple at the 5:15 mark. Anderson scored on a lay-up. Cotton connected on a three-pointer at the 4:06 mark. Chris Hunter hit a shot from beyond the three-point arc with 2:55 left in regulation. Grayling scored one more point in the game with a free throw from Tjerck DeWitt.
The Vikings won 86-56.
“This was a really solid effort game for our team. The sustained effort at the defensive end of the court was encouraging. I really liked the way that we shared the basketball,” Coach Rich Moffit said.
“We had four guys in double figures. Justin Nicholas was the key guy with our transition break, leading us with five assists. Really cool to see Louie Cotton and Ryan Anderson hit for a combined six threes,” Coach Moffit said.
Eleven different players scored points for the Vikings. Four of them reached double figures, and two of those had double-doubles. Summers finished with 18 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, and two blocks. White had 14 points, 11 rebounds, and six steals. Anderson had 13 points, Moffit had 12, and Cotton had nine.
The Vikings (4-2 overall, 2-1 league) will host Elk Rapids on Friday, Jan. 20.