Vikings end regular season with 78-65 victory vs. Bobcats
Senior guard Trey Moffit sets a new school record with eight three-pointers at Houghton Lake on Tuesday
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The Grayling Vikings built a double digit advantage with a 16-3 run late in the first period, and they maintained a lead the rest of the way during Tuesday night’s varsity boys basketball game at Houghton Lake, leading to a 78-65 victory for Grayling. The contest – a nonconference match – was the regular season finale for the Vikings.
Houghton Lake had a 10-9 advantage with 3:30 left in the first quarter. Conner Brill, Christian Artress, and Brent Weismiller scored points for the Vikings early in the game.
Grayling ended the first period with a 16-3 run. The series featured three triples by Trey Moffit, one three-pointer by Justin Nicholas, a drive by Nicholas, and an inside shot by Nick Hunter. For Moffit, it was the start of a record-setting performance.
The Vikings took a 25-13 lead into the second quarter.
Both teams scored 14 points in the second period. Grayling scored its 14 points with a lay-up by Hunter, an inside shot by Weismiller, two free throws from Ryan Anderson, a drive by Moffit, two free throws from Brill, a jumper by Moffit, and an inside shot by Brill.
The halftime score was Grayling 39, Houghton Lake 27.
The Vikings edged the Bobcats 20-18 in the third quarter. Highlights for Grayling during the period included two more three-pointers by Moffit, three inside shots by Brill, two inside shots by Hunter, two baskets by Nicholas, and a jumper by Anderson.
Grayling led 59-45 going into the final eight minutes of regulation.
The Vikings opened the fourth period with a three-pointer by Moffit. Houghton Lake responded with a triple. At the 6:09 mark, Moffit connected on another basket from beyond the arc; it was his seventh of the game, tying Grayling High School’s single game record for three-pointers (Shane Hinkle, 1995, and Eric LaForest, 1993).
Brill scored on an inside shot with 5:47 left in the game. The Bobcats hit a three-pointer. Grayling answered with a triple by Nicholas.
Later, at the 3:38 mark, Moffit hit his eighth three-pointer of the night, setting a new Grayling High School record for most triples in a game with eight.
Grayling scored five more points in the contest with five free throws from Nicholas.
The Vikings won 78-65.
“This was a good match-up for us prior to March Madness. Our guys got out of the gates very well, putting up 27 points and holding the Bobcats to 13. Our pressure bothered Houghton Lake and we were able to take advantage in the open court. We did a solid job of moving the ball vs. their press and we found open shooters at the other end of the court,” Coach Rich Moffit said.
Moffit finished with 28 points. Nicholas had 17 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Brill had 14 points and eight rebounds.
“Trey had a really good game offensively, hitting for eight threes. Justin Nicholas was solid, passing for four assists and scoring 17 points. Sam Davis and Christian Artress were outstanding at the defensive end of the court. Conner Brill played one of his best games, scoring 14 points and grabbing eight boards. (Weismiller) and Nick Hunter were outstanding defensively and running the court offensively. Ryan Anderson had another solid game running the show from up top,” Coach Moffit said.
Grayling finished its 2017-2018 regular season with an overall record of 12-8. The Vikings were 8-6 in the Lake Michigan Conference, finishing behind Traverse City St. Francis (14-0), Boyne City (10-4), Kalkaska (9-5), and Elk Rapids (9-5).
Grayling will play in the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s District 62-B tournament this week.