Grangeville thumps Genesee

Grangeville’s Aiden Anderson helped key a strong defensive effort that kept the Bulldogs in the game during a relatively slow first three quarters — a defensive effort that eventually led to an offensive breakthrough, as a series of fast breaks fueled a double-digit margin of victory.

On Friday night, Dec. 21, Grangeville thumped Genesee 60-46 on the strength of double-digit scoring performances by Blake Darr (13) and Colby Kennedy (15).

But the final score against Genesee obscures a tight contest that had seen Genesee unload a series of three-point shots early in the game and carry a six-point lead into the fourth. Hunter Schoo knocked down a trey from the left wing corner early in the fourth, Jacob Vanderwall followed up with a free throw and Aiden Anderson drilled a jumper to tie, 36-36, with about six minutes left in the game.

Genesee’s Dillon Sperber fouled out trying while guarding Noah Kaschmitter with 4:37 remaining, and Kaschmitter put Grangeville ahead to stay with a free throw.

Grangeville’s lead remained precarious at 42-39, but back-to-back-to-back fast break baskets by Darr — the third of which he converted for a three-point play — put Grangeville ahead by 10.

The Bulldogs are off for the holidays and are next scheduled to play Jan. 3 at Prairie.

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