JV boys basketball team opens season with 47-36 comeback win
Thu, 02/11/2021 - 11:12am caleb
Grayling trails by five at halftime, but Vikings pull ahead and stay ahead after 16-0 run in 3rd quarter
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The junior varsity boys basketball team from Grayling High School started slow in its 2020-2021 season opener on Tuesday night vs. Elk Rapids, but the Vikings heated up in the third period, and Grayling turned a five-point halftime deficit into a 47-36 victory vs. the Elks. The Vikings hosted the contest.
Elk Rapids led 9-7 at the end of the first period. Grayling scored its first seven points with lay-up by Ethan Kucharek, one free throw from Kucharek, a put-back by Fletcher Quinlan, and an inside shot by Jake Hartman.
At halftime, the Elks had a 19-14 advantage. The Vikings scored seven points in the second quarter with an inside shot by Tayvion Hall, a lay-up by Hall, and a three-pointer by Hartman.
Elk Rapids hit a three-pointer early in the third period to give the Elks an eight-point lead, 22-14.
The Vikings responded with a 16-0 run. The series – a jumper by Hall, a triple by Hall, an inside shot from Maddox Mead, a three-pointer by Quinlan, one free throw from Kucharek, another triple by Quinlan, and two free throws from Quinlan – gave Grayling a 30-22 advantage with 2:58 left in the third period.
Elk Rapids scored four unanswered points with a jumper and two free throws. The Vikings led by four, 30-26.
Grayling scored seven unanswered points to lead 37-26. The series included a three-pointer by Quinlan, a lay-up by Hall, and a drive by Hartman.
The Elks scored two points with a drive to the basket during the final seconds of the third period.
After three quarters of play, the Vikings led 37-28.
Grayling scored the first four points of the fourth period with one free throw from Hartman and a three-pointer by Hartman. Elk Rapids hit a three-pointer. Kucharek scored for the Vikings with a drive to the basket. The Elks scored on a drive. Kucharek scored on an inside shot. Elk Rapids converted on one of two from the free throw line. Quinlan scored on an inside shot. The Elks hit a jump shot at the 2:24 mark.
Neither squad scored during the final 2:23 and the Vikings won by 11 points, 47-36.
Quinlan finished with 15 points for Grayling. Hartman and Hall each had 11 points. Kucharek had eight points.
Grayling (1-0 overall, 1-0 league) will play at Charlevoix on Thursday, February 18.