CARLTON - The Grizzlies dipped to seventh place in the statewide boys Class A basketball rankings this week, but it did nothing to slow their success on the hardwood as they took down the Bulldogs …
CARLTON - The Grizzlies dipped to seventh place in the statewide boys Class A basketball rankings this week, but it did nothing to slow their success on the hardwood as they took down the Bulldogs 93-56 on Tuesday night for their 12th win in a row.
“We started a bit slow but found our stride midway through the first half and played better basketball,” Head Coach Will Kleppe said.
Five North Woods players hit double digits during the game, led by freshman forward Darius Goggleye who scored 19. Seniors Cade Goggleye and Ian Sherman along with freshman T.J. Chiabotti each scored 16. Junior Trevor Morrison rounded out the top-scoring players with 11.
On Friday night, the Grizzlies played their final regular season home game, notching another win against Chisholm, 77-42.
“We did an excellent job on the boards and made the hustle plays we needed,” Kleppe said.
Chiabotti had a big night at home, scoring 26 of the team’s points. Morrison added 19 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double, while Sherman added 14 points. Cade Goggleye added 11 points and eight assists, while Darius Goggleye added seven rebounds.
The Grizzlies are set to play their final regular season game this Friday against Deer River, but all eyes will be on who North Woods will face in the playoffs.
“We’re taking it one game at a time,” Kleppe said. “Working hard and remaining focused are the goals as we approach playoffs.”
The Section 7A tournament will begin Monday for the lowest ranked teams with most teams beginning next Wednesday.
Tipoff for the Deer River game is 7:15 p.m.