As of Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Grangeville senior Braison Norman and the GHS boys basketball team have their sights set on the playoffs this season, which means winning the league games that will come during the second half of the season, after the winter break.
But the Bulldogs are looking at the games before Christmas as big ones, too.
“I think we’re ready,” he said before their first game, which was slated Nov. 28 at Kamiah. “We’ve been doing really good in practice this week and I’m excited to see how it turns out. We’ve been trying to get back to basic fundamentals. I think we’re going to try and stretch the floor out and say ‘Let’s play basketball.’”
The Bulldogs went 0-4 in regular season league games last winter, but they’re familiar with coach Kelcey Edwards (who is in his third year coaching the varsity boys) and they’re excited for the season.
“He’s great,” Norman said. “He tries to find what each of us are good at and put that in the offense we run.”
Norman is especially excited about playing with sophomore guard Trey Dreadfulwater.
“I love how he tries to get everyone the ball,” Norman said, “and I’m looking forward to playing with him.”
He also pointed out senior Ryan Ruklic’s leadership and post play.
“We’re trying to hit for the tournament,” he said. “We fell just short last year. We want to get past that district tournament, and we want to just see how far we can go.”
Grangeville is scheduled to host Prairie Nov. 30 and McCall Dec. 2, and to visit Weiser the following Saturday, Dec. 9.
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