By William

LITTLE RIVER – After a tight first quarter, the Little River boys basketball team put distance between them and visiting Central Christian in the middle two quarters to earn a hard 12-point, 62-50 victory over Central Christian in a Friday night game which was part of the Goessel Bluebird Classic.

In a first quarter shootout, the Redskins only held a four-point, 25-21 lead before outscoring Central Christian 13-8 in the second stanza to take a comfortable 38-29 advantage into the halftime break. Coming out of the break Little River extended their lead to 18 at 53-35 before Central Christian made a valiant comeback by outscoring the Redskins 15-9 in the final eight minutes of play though Little River held on for the win.

Looking at the team stats a couple of things stood out with one being Little River holding a 14-0 advantage in defensive steals while hitting on seven three-pointers to just one for Central Christian.

Individually, the Redskins had four players reach double digits in scoring led by Jayden Garrison who put 24 points in the scorebook, helped by four three-pointers while Braxton Lafferty, Trey Rolfs, and Graham Stephens chipped in with 15, 11 and 10 points respectively.

Rolfs and Lafferty topped the team on the boards with six rebounds each while Lafferty led the Redskins with four assists. Graham Stephens had the quickest of the defensive hands with five steals while four others each recorded two each.

Little River made it three wins over Central Christian by winning the junior varsity game 35-34 and the ‘c’ game 27-21.

On Saturday, the Little River boys will battle with Elyria Christian at 7:00 p.m. for the 2020 Goessel Bluebird Classic Championship.

Central Christian at LITTLE RIVER

SCORING:                    1          2          3          4          FINAL

Central Christian        21        8          6          15        50

LITTLE RIVER               25        13        15        9          62

TEAM STATS:              Central Christian        LITTLE RIVER

FGM-FGA                    17-43                           22-49  

3PTM-3PTA                 1-13                             7-19

FTM-FTA                     15-19                           11-18

ASSISTS                       2                                  9

REBOUNDS                  27                                26       

TURNOVERS                17                                9

STEALS                        0                                  14

BLOCKED SHOTS         0                                  0

FOULS                          16                                17


Jayden Garrison = 24 points with 4-9 on 3-pointers, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.

Braxton Lafferty = 15 points with 4 assists, 6 rebounds and 1 steal.

Trey Rolfs = 11 points with 2-4 on 3-pointers, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.

Graham Stephens = 10 points with 2 assists, 4 rebounds and 5 steals.

Rylan Konen = 2 points with 4 rebounds and 2 steals.

Ty Herzog = 0 points with 2 rebounds.

Dalton Mantz = 0 points with 1 rebound and 2 steals.

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