Vikings pull away in 2nd half after trailing by double digits in 1st quarter, win 70-51 vs. Rayders
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The Grayling Vikings, during Tuesday night’s varsity boys basketball game vs. Charlevoix, overcame an early deficit and pulled away in the second half, defeating the visiting Rayders by a final score of 70-51.
Three minutes into regulation, Charlevoix had a 6-5 advantage. The Vikings scored their first five points with one free throw from Nick Hunter, a jump shot by Justin Nicholas, and an inside shot by Conner Brill.
A 12-1 run by the Rayders gave Charlevoix an 18-6 lead.
Ryan Anderson hit a three-pointer for Grayling at the 2:34 mark. Nicholas made one of two from the free throw line. Charlevoix scored. Anderson scored on a drive. Brill converted on an inside shot for the Vikings.
At the end of the first period, the Rayders led 20-14.
Grayling opened the second quarter with a 12-0 run. The series included a drive by Christian Artress, a three-pointer by Trey Moffit, two free throws from Moffit, a triple by Nicholas, and a lay-up by Moffit.
Charlevoix scored on a drive. Grayling scored four points with two baskets by Moffit. The Rayders made a lay-up. Nicholas hit a three-point shot at the 2:52 mark. Charlevoix outscored the Vikings 6-1 in the last 2:51 of the second period.
At halftime, Grayling led by four points, 34-30.
The Vikings outscored the Rayders 14-4 in the first four minutes of the third quarter. The 14 points for Grayling included an inside shot by Nicholas, a put-back by Nicholas, two free throws from Brent Weismiller, a three-pointer by Artress, and two free throws from Moffit.
The Vikings scored nine more points in the third period with a jumper by Moffit, a three-pointer by Anderson, an inside shot by Louis Cotton, and a put-back by Cotton.
Going into the fourth quarter, Grayling led by 15 points, 57-42.
The Vikings outscored the Rayders 13-9 in the last eight minutes of regulation. Weismiller scored eight of Grayling’s final 13 points. Anderson scored the other five points with a three-pointer and two free throws.
Grayling won by 19 points, 70-51.
“After our slow start I thought we played pretty solid for the remainder of the game. Defensively, we went to our man to man defense and did a good job slowing down their scorers and we got our transition game going. I loved the way that we shared the ball in transition and played with chemistry at both ends of the court,” Coach Rich Moffit said.
Nicholas finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, and three steals. Moffit had 15 points, three assists, and three steals. Anderson had 13 points and nine rebounds.
“Justin Nicholas played a good all around game, scoring 17 and grabbing a career high 13 rebounds. Trey Moffit and Ryan Anderson provided a spark offensively. Brent Weismiller, despite being in foul trouble, scored eight points. Sam Davis and Christian Artress were very good defensively. Louis Cotton gave us a real spark at the end of the third quarter with a couple of hoops. Nick Hunter and Eli Jackson played well defensively,” Coach Moffit said.
“This is a good game for us going into the Motor City Roundball Classic game on December 29. We showed some growth in a number of areas and we have to continue to grow as we go through our journey this year,” Coach Moffit said.
The Vikings (3-2 overall, 1-1 conference) will play in the Detroit Roundball Classic on Friday, Dec. 29.