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Grizzlies improve to 20-0

Marshall Helmberger
Posted 2/15/18

I-FALLS—Up at the border, the Grizzlies overpowered a highly physical International Falls boys basketball squad to improve their season record to 20-0.

The Grizzlies had six players in double …

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I-FALLS—Up at the border, the Grizzlies overpowered a highly physical International Falls boys basketball squad to improve their season record to 20-0.

The Grizzlies had six players in double figures as they had to keep the ball moving en route to a 96-68 victory over the aggressive Broncos.

“It was a physical battle for us,” said North Woods Head Coach Will Kleppe. “The Falls has good size and strength which presents challenges for our matchups,” he said.

Sophomore forward Trevor Morrison proved the hot hand for the Grizzlies, as he poured in 21 points. Seniors Tate Olson and Brendan Parson added 15 points, while Chase Kleppe connected for 12. Junior guard Cade Goggleye and senior forward Tanner Lokken scored 11 points apiece. Isaiah Squires added three points.

Playing at home last Friday, the Grizzlies made short work of Littlefork-Big Falls, as they routed the Vikings 121-49. Cade Goggleye poured in 24 points, including four treys, to lead the Grizzlies offensively. But he had plenty of help as North Woods had six players in double figures, including Olson, who hit four three-pointers en route to 21 total points.

Lokken and Parson added 12 points apiece, while Kleppe and Ian Sherman connected for ten points each. Darius Goggleye added eight points.

The 20-0 Grizzlies were set to take their undefeated record to Virginia on Thursday night to take on the Class 2A powerhouse, in a game that’s likely to be North Woods’ biggest test ahead of the playoffs. They’ll host Mesabi East on Friday and Lakeview Christian Academy on Tuesday. Both games start at 7:15 p.m.

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