Boys basketball is off to a 2-0 start this season

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Rylee Martin, Feature Editor

      The best time of year is finally here, the first week of boys basketball has started off strong with a 2-0 record . With a 92-58 win against the Bayfield Wolverines, the boys are getting back into the groove of things. Leading the team with a total of 27 points is Zac Grable (23). Along with six rebounds, three assists, one dunk, and two steals, the junior has been a strong player for the Reds already this 2021-22 season. Grable said, “So far this season has been fun getting back into the swing of basketball after the football season is definitely a challenge but this year has been fun so far.” Coming in as a close second was Walker Martin (23) with 20 points. Martin also acquired his first dunk in his career. Making a strong appearance is Mitch Haythorn (24) with a total of 13 points, two steals, and four assists. Senior Jaden Stone (21) has accumulated a total of 16 points this year and he said, “I think that we shared the ball very well and kept a consistent pace the whole game, we had a lot of guys step up and overall that helped us win.” Teamwork has been essential so far this season and the boys are relying on this to stay consistent throughout the rest of the year. 

          On Saturday afternoon December fourth, the boys went up against the Wiggins Tigers and ended up winning by a 40 point difference with a final score of 83-43. With an outstanding game, Haythorn scored 20 points and had six rebounds. The young talent in this year’s 2021-22 should not go unappreciated. Lucas Stone (24) and Haythorn are two prominent athletes for the Reds and will be key players for years to come. During the first half the boys started off a little slow outside of the key with only 13 points in the first quarter but once the boys started to get back into the groove, they scored a high of 25 points in the second quarter. By scoring 45 points in the second half, the boys secured the win for the Reds against the Tigers. Head coach Dean Grable said, “The team is playing extremely well on the offensive end of the floor, sharing the basketball and taking care of it.” Looking towards the next game this Friday December 10th against the Highland Huskies, coach Grable said, “Our goal is to get better on the defensive side of the floor and play the best basketball we possibly can in every single possession”.