Tigers Shut Down Pack Early For District Win
Story by Ken DeLaat
Photos by Alexis Mercer
The Tigers came into Packer territory for the District Opener looking to make it a season sweep against the host team while advancing to the semi-finals and a meeting with Sparta.
The teams tested each other at the start with the defenses holding tight until Spencer Naffziger scored off a spin move. On the other end Ryan Geeting fed Logan Karnemaat and the game was knotted at 2 with the substantial crowd of fans cheering on both schools ready for a closely contested game.
They didn’t get it.
After those points by Karnemaat it would be 8 minutes and well into the second quarter before the Packers...
...got on the scoreboard again. Over 2 minutes into the second quarter when Karnemaat drew a foul and dropped in 2 from the line he ended a 26-0 run by the Tigers that featured 3 triples off the hands of Carter Chase another 3 from Marco Alvarez, Casey Geers and Trent Throop and way too much Spencer Naffziger in the paint on both ends of the court.
To their credit the Packers never stopped battling led by senior Ryan Geeting whose scoring passing and formidable defensive effort helped peel 8 points off the Grant lead but with a couple minutes to go in the half Fremont fell into another turnover rut with 3 in a row that allowed the Tigers to hit intermission with a 37-17 advantage.
“Grant played extremely well and were well coached and well prepared for this game,” said Coach Zerfas.
Coach Matt McCorkle’s team looked strong in all facets of the game Monday night particularly with their ability to quickly capitalize on miscues by the Packers. The Tigers were led by Naffziger who scored 17 from his post position and Carter Chase the freshman phenom who can let it fly from beyond the arc with pinpoint accuracy ripped the nets for an even dozen.
Tyler Lopez added 8 points Geers hit for 7 and Alvarez and Thomas Kelley each finished with 6.
Geeting scored 9 for the Packers as did Bailey Baddis who was a bright spot for Fremont coming off the bench to fire in a trio from three point territory. Karnemaat knocked down 8 points and Cooper Kukal added 6.
The Packers end their season at 13-8 while Grant moves to 16-5 with a matchup against the Spartans looming for Wednesday night.