As of Wednesday, January 31, 2018
The Grangeville boys did a better job defending St. Maries’ pick-and-roll attack last Saturday, Jan. 27, but St. Maries eventually ground the Bulldogs down.
Earlier in the week, they outlasted Kendrick.
Forward Colby Kennedy, who scored nine and filled up the stat sheets both games, was at the heart of what he called “a good team effort” against St. Maries.
The Bulldogs’ taller players figure more prominently in Grangeville’s post-season destiny following the loss of guard Trey Dreadfulwater to injury.
“We’ve got to have a lot more ball movement, everyone’s got to do their part and lots of bench players stepped up,” he said of the adjustment. “Really, everyone has stepped up a lot.”
Another forward — Noah Kaschmitter — scored the team-high point total, with 17 at St. Maries.
“He’s been playing hard and rebounding big and posting up well,” Kennedy said. “And he’s been helping on defense.”
The same goes for Kennedy, who finished within a point of a double double against Kendrick. But against St. Maries, a killer run during the third quarter tested Grangeville’s stamina.
“We got tired after halftime,” he said. “They got on that run, and we couldn’t quite get back in it.”
Having been swept by St. Maries, Grangeville’s place in the Central Idaho League hinged on two games against Orofino. The away game was played Tuesday night at Orofino, and the Maniacs will be in Grangeville on the last day of the regular season, Tuesday, Feb. 13. The GHS boys will play next Tuesday, Feb. 6 at Clearwater Valley.
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