Strong start leads to 67-43 victory at East Jordan
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
I was pleased with our defensive intensity in this game. I thought our guys cranked up the defensive intensity as the game went on. Our perimeter guys were really good defensively; Buddha (Christian Artress), Trey (Moffit), Nick (Hunter), Louis (Cotton), and Sam (Davis) were outstanding at that end of the court. Troy (Summers), Brent (Weismiller), and Spencer (White) were very good on the boards.” – Rich Moffit, Grayling High School's Varsity Boys Basketball Coach
In their last Lake Michigan Conference contest of the 2016-2017 season, the Grayling Vikings – in a rescheduled varsity boys basketball game originally slated for Feb. 10 – led by as many as 21 points in the first quarter following a 19-0 run, putting the Vikings on track for a 67-43 victory vs. the East Jordan Red Devils on Monday night at East Jordan.
The Vikings opened the game with a 23-2 run, scoring 19 unanswered points from the 5:46 mark to the 0:44 mark.
Christian Artress and Justin Nicholas each had two three-pointers for Grayling in the first period. Troy Summers had nine points in the quarter with two inside shots and five free throws. Spencer White also scored for GHS during the 19-0 run.
Going into the second period, Grayling led 23-6.
At halftime, the Vikings led by 19, 39-20. Grayling scored 16 points in the second quarter. Trey Moffit had seven points for the Vikings in the period. Summers had five points. Sam Davis and White also scored for Grayling.
The Vikings outscored the Red Devils 16-8 in the third quarter. Grayling’s 16 points included a drive by White, two inside shots by Summers, a put-back by Summers, a three-pointer by Moffit, a lay-up by Moffit, and three free throws from Moffit.
Going into the fourth quarter, the Vikings led 55-28.
Grayling won 67-43.
The Vikings scored 12 points in the last eight minutes of regulation with a three-point play by Summers, a three-pointer by Moffit, a jump shot by Moffit, and two drives by White.
“I was pleased with our defensive intensity in this game,” Coach Rich Moffit said. “I thought our guys cranked up the defensive intensity as the game went on. Our perimeter guys were really good defensively; Buddha (Christian Artress), Trey (Moffit), Nick (Hunter), Louis (Cotton), and Sam (Davis) were outstanding at that end of the court. Troy (Summers), Brent (Weismiller), and Spencer (White) were very good on the boards.”
Summers had 23 points and 18 rebounds for the Vikings. Moffit had 20 points. White had 10 points, four rebounds, and three steals.
“Troy Summers had a very good night with 23 points and 18 boards. Trey Moffit was aggressive offensively, knocking down 20 points. Christian Artress hit some big shots early, as did Justin Nicholas. Justin sprained his ankle in the second quarter, which is a point of concern for our program. We are hoping to get him back by district time. Spencer White, despite foul trouble, was very good getting to the rim,” Coach Moffit said.
The game against East Jordan was Grayling’s final conference contest of the season. Traverse City St. Francis won the Lake Michigan Conference this year with a 12-2 record in league play. Three teams – Grayling, Elk Rapids, and Boyne City – tied for second place at 10-4 in conference games.
Lake Michigan Conference
St. Francis..................12-2 (14-5)
Elk Rapids..................10-4 (14-6)
Boyne City..................10-4 (12-7)
Harbor Springs...............6-8 (9-9)
East Jordan................0-14 (3-16)
Last week’s scores:
Boyne City 61, Elk Rapids 59
Grayling 67, East Jordan 43
Petoskey 49, Boyne City 43
Cheboygan 56, Harbor Springs 37
Elk Rapids 55, Frankfort 50
St. Francis 78, Gaylord 48
Kalkaska 64, Lake City 52
Charlevoix 54, Mancelona 27
Grayling 56, Roscommon 50