As of Wednesday, January 10, 2018
On the first night of the basketball season, the Kamiah boys got the better of Grangeville — through a mix of blown layups by GHS early-on and sharp play by the Kubs throughout.
Last week, the Bulldogs got even, in no small part due to big plays made by their bigger players.
That includes Jacob Vanderwall, who in hindsight assessed his performance as probably his best in a varsity uniform — so far.
“I thought I rebounded pretty well and played pretty good defense on their guy — Ben Dunning, I think his name is,” Vanderwall said. “We knew we should have beat them the first time we played — we felt that way, anyway. They’re a good team, but we wanted to win. I knew he was one of their better players, and I knew I would have to shut him down.”
The Bulldogs as a squad ended up fouling out not only Dunning, but also Kamiah standouts Kaleb Oatman and Luke Snyder as well — and put up their second 85-point game of the season in the process.
And if the vengeance factor is what made the difference against Kamiah, the GHS boys — having been outflanked by the Lumberjacks’ pick-and-roll offense during long stretches in their loss on Saturday, will have to tap into more of it when they travel to St. Maries later this month.
“St. Maries is bigger and more physical,” Vanderwall said. “It hurts not having Ryan [Ruklic] to help us against teams like that.”
Ruklic, who has been out with an injury, may be able to return to action in time for the St. Maries rematch, which is a road trip scheduled for Jan. 27.
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