Grayling wins 64-56 at Kalkaska on Friday night
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
We got off to a quick start in the first quarter. Loved the intensity and ball movement. We struggled in the middle quarters and then finished strong down the stretch. I thought our man to man defense was really solid in the first six minutes of the last quarter." – Rich Moffit, Grayling High School Varsity Boys Basketball Coach
It was a close game early in the fourth quarter of Friday’s varsity boys basketball game at Kalkaska – the Vikings led by only two points with 6:44 left in regulation – but Grayling was able to make more plays down the stretch, and the Vikings won by eight points, 64-56.
Grayling had a 19-12 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Troy Summers and Trey Moffit each had six points for GHS in the first period. Spencer White had four points and Justin Nicholas had a three-pointer for the Vikings.
At halftime, Grayling led 34-26. Summers had nine points for Grayling in the second quarter. Ryan Anderson hit a three-pointer at the 4:08 mark. White and Moffit also scored points for the Vikings in the second period.
Kalkaska scored the first five points of the third quarter with a three-pointer and a jump shot, cutting Grayling’s lead to three. A 5-0 run – a series that included two inside shots by Summers and one free throw from Summers – put the Vikings back up by eight.
The Blazers scored on an inside shot and a put-back to pull within four, 39-35. Anderson hit a jump shot for GHS. The Blazers finished a three-point play to cut Grayling’s lead to three. The Vikings responded at the other end with a three-point play by Nicholas.
Kalkaska hit a three-pointer at the 1:09 mark. Grayling scored. The Blazers hit another three-pointer.
Going into the fourth quarter, the score was Grayling 46, Kalkaska 44.
The Vikings scored first in the fourth period with a drive by White. The Blazers made two free throws. Grayling scored six unanswered points with a jumper by Nicholas, a put-back by Summers, and an inside shot by Summers. Kalkaska hit a jump shot. Summers scored on a put-back. The Blazers made two free throws.
With 3:12 left in regulation, Grayling led 56-50.
Summers scored for GHS on an inside shot. White made two free throws at the 1:20 mark.
Kalkaska shot from three-point range, missed, rebounded the ball, missed another three-point attempt, and Summers came down with the ball. The Blazers fouled him to stop the clock, and he made one of two free throw attempts.
Kalkaska missed from beyond the arc and White got the rebound for Grayling. The Blazers fouled Sam Davis at the 0:42 mark, and he made both free throws.
Kalkaska tried for three, missed, and Christian Artress rebounded the ball for the Vikings. The Blazers fouled and Grayling missed both free throws.
After a technical foul on the Vikings, Kalkaska made one of two from the free throw line. The Blazers got possession of the ball after the free throws, and they hit a three-point shot with 19 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Grayling led 63-54.
Kalkaska fouled White and he hit one of two from the line to make it a 10-point lead for GHS.
The Blazers scored on a drive, drew a foul, and missed the resulting free throw. Moffit rebounded the ball.
Grayling won by a final score of 64-56.
“Give Kalkaska a ton of credit. They really came to play and competed hard in the game. Love the environment in their gym,” Coach Rich Moffit said.
“We got off to a quick start in the first quarter. Loved the intensity and ball movement. We struggled in the middle quarters and then finished strong down the stretch. I thought our man to man defense was really solid in the first six minutes of the last quarter,” Coach Moffit said.
“Our bench was really solid tonight. Sam Davis, Brent Weismiller, Nick Hunter, and Ryan ‘Ostrich’ Anderson played with a lot of intensity. Davis was really good defensively. Troy Summers had a solid game in the low post and on the glass, posting 29 points and 26 boards. Spencer White was steady, chipping in with 11. Justin Nicholas, Trey Moffit, and ‘Buddha’ Artress were solid,” Coach Moffit said.
The Vikings (5-2 league, 7-3 overall) will play at Charlevoix on Friday, Feb. 3.
Lake Michigan Conference
Boyne City......................6-1 (8-2)
St. Francis......................5-1 (6-4)
Elk Rapids......................5-2 (8-3)
Harbor Springs...............3-3 (5-3)
East Jordan....................0-6 (2-7)
Last week’s scores:
Boyne City 57, East Jordan 41
Elk Rapids 65, Charlevoix 52
St. Francis 70, Grayling 65
Harbor Springs 66, Kalkaska 50
Charlevoix 67, East Jordan 59
Elk Rapids 51, Boyne City 48
Grayling 64, Kalkaska 56