GRANGEVILLE — The third quarter of last Saturday’s Central Idaho League showdown between the Bulldogs and the St. Maries Lumberjacks saw visiting sophomore guard Eli Gibson reverse what had been a six-point GHS lead.
But after a Grangeville timeout, the Bulldogs went on to win 56-42.
After Gibson’s three-ball put St. Maries ahead, 26-25, Grangeville forwards Jacob Vanderwall and Kyle Frei had the first hoops of what became a sustained run to the final buzzer.
After Frei tied the score at 28-all with a foul shot, the Bulldogs doubled St. Maries’ output the rest of the way, 28-14.
A post-up by Vanderwall late in the third made it 34-30, Grangeville, and GHS guard Trey Dreadfulwater canned a three for an eight-point lead early in the fourth. These baskets were part of a 12-1 run that had GHS ahead by 13 with four minutes remaining.
Grangeville led by 16 points, 52-36, after a couple of free throws by GHS forward Colby Kennedy, who finished with a 13 points, 17 rebounds double-double.
During the competitive opening phase of the game, Kennedy answered a St. Maries three-pointer with a putback good for a 4-4 score. St. Maries went ahead, 7-4, on a three by guard Jackson Pritchard, which Grangeville answered with three consecutive scores: a second-chance jumper by forward Noah Kaschmitter, a layup by Kennedy and a trey by Kennedy.
St. Maries struck back with a layup-and-one by guard Coy Sands, and took a 12-11 lead on a free throw by post Dan Howard. But Grangeville regained the lead on a stepback three by senior guard Michael Woods, and the lead grew to eight at halftime on a pair of foul shots by guard Blake Darr and a jumper by Dreadfulwater.