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Griswold’s blazing start sinks Orient-Macksburg

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 1:41 a.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 1:52 a.m. CST
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(CNA photo by LARRY PETERSON)
Aaron Metheny of Griswold (12) reaches to defend a drive to the basket by Orient-Macksburg guard Jesse Johnson (13) during Tuesday's district semifinal game. After winning their first district game since 2011 on Saturday over Guthrie Center, the Bulldogs lost 83-52 to the Tigers.

GREENFIELD — After a whirlwind first period, Griswold was on pace to score 120 points.

But, after facing a 30-16 deficit in the opening eight minutes, the Orient-Macksburg boys put more resistance in trailing 47-29 at halftime of their Class 1A District 13 semifinal game here Tuesday night.

Griswold then put the game away with a 10-0 run to stretch it to 57-29 midway through the third period, finishing with an 83-52 victory.

The Tigers (14-8) advance to Thusday’s district final at Stuart against seventh-ranked Nodaway Valley. O-M ends at 8-14. The Bulldogs’ quarterfinal victory over Guthrie Center was the program’s first district victory since 2011, when assistant coach Nick Ray was a senior on the team.

Bulldog coach Drew Dornack said the pregame strategy needed adjustment after Griswold senior Grant Haynes made two 3-pointers on the way to 13 points.

“Our whole philosophy was to try to pack it in, because I really didn’t think they could shoot the three that well,” Dornack said. “I knew 14 (Tyrel Peters) was good, and he kind of killed us on the baseline, but 40 came out and hit those threes.”

Griswold had only a 17-13 edge in the second quarter. But, by then it was an uphill battle for the Bulldogs.

“I was proud of our guys,” Dornack said. “We could have been totally blown out in that first half, but I think we were down 18. The guys kind of got their bearings and got after it a little more. We would get some stops but we had trouble getting anything going offensively.”

Jordan Thompson had 13 points for O-M. Chantz Davidson had all 10 of his points in the first half, and freshman guard Dylan Nichols also finished with 10.

Davidson, Wyatt Hensley and Tyrell Stucker played their final game for Orient-Macksburg.

“For them to all come back after a 1-22 season, and then to to be 8-14, if feels like we won 20 games and I’m glad they were a part of it,” Dornack said.

GRISWOLD (83) — Tyrel Peters 8 3-5 19, Mason Boucher 7 0-0 14, Grant Haynes 4 2-4 13, Walker Mundorf 3 0-0 6, Jacob Maass 3 0-2 6, Aaron Metheny 2 0-0 5, Derek Kirchhoff 2 1-3 5, Caleb Schaaf 2 1-1 5, Jacob Reynolds 1 0-0 3, Tyler Wyman 1 1-1 3, Joe Schoning 1 0-0 2, Johnny Duggan 1 0-0 2. Totals — 35 8-16 83. 3-point goals — 5 (Haynes 3, Reynolds 1, Metheny 1). Team fouls — 15. Fouled out — None.

ORIENT-MACKSBURG (52) — Jordan Thompson 4 4-6 13, Dylan Nichols 5 0-0 10, Seth White 2 2-5 7, James Sullivan 1 2-2 4, Jesse Johnson 1 0-0 2, Tyrell Stucker 1 0-0 2, Wyatt Hensley 1 0-1 2, Logan Holste 1 0-0 2. Totals — 21 9-14 52. 3-point goals — 2 (White 1, Thompson 1). Team fouls — 17. Fouled out  — None.

Griswold — 30 47 64 83

O-M — 16 29 36 52

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