Vikings win 88-71 vs. team from Canada on Saturday
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
During a Saturday game against a school from Canada – the Knights of Blessed Cardinal Newman Catholic from Ontario – Grayling High School’s varsity boys basketball team won by a final score of 88-71, getting double digit points from four different players.
The Vikings – the home team for the contest – outscored the Knights 21-15 in the first eight minutes of regulation. Highlights for Grayling included two three-pointers by Justin Nicholas, two inside shots by Conner Brill, three baskets by Trey Moffit, and a drive by Christian Artress.
Grayling added to its lead in the second quarter, outscoring Blessed Cardinal Newman Catholic 18-13 in the period. Nick Hunter had eight of the 18 with four free throws and two lay-ups. Ryan Anderson hit a three-pointer for the Vikings. Brill had an inside shot and Artress scored on a lay-up. Nicholas hit two free throws.
At halftime, the score was Grayling 39, Blessed Cardinal Newman Catholic 28.
The Vikings scored 32 points in the third quarter (three more points than they scored during their entire game against Gaylord on Wednesday night). The Knights scored 26 points during the period.
Scoring highlights for Grayling during the third quarter included two three-pointers by Moffit, four baskets by Brent Weismiller, a lay-up by Moffit, two inside shots by Brill, an inside shot by Anderson, a three-point play by Hunter, a lay-up by Hunter, a drive by Nicholas, and a pair of free throws from Artress.
The Knights pulled within seven, 57-50, late in the third period, but the Vikings finished the quarter with a 14-4 run.
Going into the final eight minutes of regulation, Grayling had a 71-54 advantage.
The Vikings scored 17 points in the fourth quarter with a lay-up by Sam Davis, a three-point play by Brill, an inside shot by Anderson, a lay-up by Nicholas, an inside shot by Brill, a three-pointer by Cam Sova, and a three-pointer by Mitchell Kuziel.
Grayling won by a final score of 88-71.
Brill finished with 18 points and six rebounds for GHS. Moffit had 14 points. Hunter had 13 points and four steals. Nicholas had 12 points, six rebounds, nine assists, and four steals. Anderson had nine points. Weismiller had eight points. Artress had six points and four steals.
“I was very pleased with our transition game today. This was a big point of emphasis for us after our first game and we improved immensely in this area,” Coach Rich Moffit said. “Our guys did a great job of sharing the basketball, especially in transition. Loved the scoring balance from our team and our ability to find the open man. We know we have tons of work to do and this was a good step for us.”
The Vikings (1-1 overall, 0-0 league) will host Traverse City St. Francis on Friday, Dec. 15.