Grangeville's Michael Wilson finished with a co-team-high 17 points. GHS senior Josh Dame (not pictured) also scored 17.
Photo by Andrew Ottoson.
GRANGEVILLE The Bulldogs led nearly from start to finish in beating the visiting Maniacs 61-31 Tuesday night. Orofino briefly led, 3-2, but saw GHS forward Jasper Sabatino put Grangeville in front with back-to-back baskets early in the first quarter. Orofino pulled within one point, 8-7, midway through the first quarter, but the Grangeville boys put together an 11-0 run to close out the period with a lead they would not relinquish.
The decisive spurt began with forward Michael Wilson racing in for a transition layup, which Layton Harris followed up with a triple from the left corner, which was set up by a long skip pass from right wing. Then Wilson converted a jumper off of an inbounds play. Just before the first quarter buzzer, Wilson put up a trey that rolled on the rim and went in just as time expired.
Orofino remained mired with a single-digit total until midway through the second quarter. Before the Maniacs found their scoring touch, Grangeville increased the margin to 17 on back-to-back fast break baskets. After a three by Josh Dame off a strong pass from Wilson, Wilson converted another fast break layup.
The GHS lead reached 20 on a possession Alex Koberstein saved twice: first with an offensive rebound, and again when he scrambled to swipe a loose ball from beyond the end line into the waiting hands of Jake Stokes, who knocked down a short jumper.
The fourth quarter was played with a running clock, after Austin Parks ramped the Grangeville lead to 30 with a tough jumper at the end of the third quarter.
More details on this game will be published in the Feb. 5 print edition of the Idaho County Free Press.