The East Mills boys turned the ball over a season-high 26 times, shot just 36 percent and yet, had the ball in a tie game with just :04 left.
But another turnover ended the Wolverines’ hopes as Griswold withstood a late rally with a pair of free throws with .07 seconds left and pulled out a 48-46 boys basketball victory Friday.
“We shot poorly and didn’t play well and yet put ourselves in a position to win it,” said East Mills coach Kevin Schafer. “We just couldn’t pull it out.”
The Tigers used a trapping 1-3-1 defense that threw the Wolverines out of synch the opening quarter. Griswold led 22-9 after a quarter.
“We didn’t come out early and play real well,” Schafer said. “They’re a little longer and more athletic than we’ve seen, especially at the guard spot so that gave us some trouble.”
The Wolverines rallied to take a 27-26 lead at halftime before a quick Tiger start in the third quarter extended their lead back to 41-33 heading into the final frame.
Noah Meyer led the Wolverines with 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Keegan Wederquist grabbed a game-high 18 rebounds and blocked four shots but hit just 4-of-15 shots to finish with 12 points. Logan Currin added 10 points.
Forward Tyrel Peters led Griswold with 12 points, eight rebounds and six steals.
Griswold girls 35,
East Mills 27
The East Mills girls couldn’t overcome a slow start as Griswold downed the Wolverines 35-27 in non-conference girls basketball Friday.
The Wolverines (3-6 overall, 3-3 in the Corner Conference) scored a season-low five first-half points and trailed 22-5 at the break.
East Mills out-scored Griswold 22-13 after halftime but couldn’t overcome its shooting woes (23 percent) from the field and the free throw line (6-of-12).
Zena Courtier led East Mills with eight points. Devin Laughlin added seven points, five assists and five steals.
Kayla Kirchhoff led Griswold with 17 points.