MOUNTAIN IRON — Fans at the No. 5 North Woods vs. Mountain Iron-Buhl boys’ basketball game Friday night got to witness quite a show.
That was the Cade Goggleye show as the Grizzlies cruised past the Rangers, 84-47.
“Cade did a fantastic job. He really controlled the tempo of that game. He made some great assists and shot the ball well,’’ North Woods head coach Will Kleppe said. “That’s who he is, but he stepped it up tonight and did a real nice job.’’
If Goggleye wasn’t knocking down 3-pointers or stealing the ball, he was handing out some pinpoint, no-look passes to help get his teammates great opportunities.
Speaking of just how easy of how the game appears for Goggleye, Kleppe said, “It’s like he can see what’s gonna happen before it happens. Some of those passes are intuition. He puts the ball in the right spot.’’
In addition to Goggleye, the sharpshooting of TJ Chiabotti and the inside play of Darius Goggleye helped North Woods jump out to a 13-1 lead.
Riley Kintner, Vincent Benkusky and Asher Zubich helped the Rangers score from inside and out, but the Grizzlies continued to grow their lead.
Goggleye engineered the offense, which included getting 6-foot-4 Trevor Morrision involved as he was coming back from a hand injury. Goggleye, however, knocked down a three and converted a fast break layup and the lead was up to 31-15.
Kintner’s jumper slowed the Grizzlies offense for a few seconds, but Morrison, Darius Goggleye and Cade Goggleye answered right back to extended the lead to 41-26 at the half.
“We came out a little slow against the pressure tonight,’’ MI-B head coach Luke Winans said, which was something he talked about with his club before the game.
The Rangers made some adjustments defensively, but could never recover from the hole they were in.
“They’ve got a lot of weapons,’’ Winans said about North Woods. “Trying to stop them, you’ve got to pick your poison.’’
The second half was much the same as Cade Goggleye and company continued to build their lead with apparent ease. Dylan Chiabotti and Chase Kleppe scores made it 46-29.
Some MI-B turnovers and a trio of 3-pointers from Ian Sherman soon made it 59-33 and basically put the game out of reach. North Woods outscored the Rangers 25-14 the rest of the way to come away with the 84-47 victory.
Asher Zubich, an eighth-grader, led the Rangers with 13 points, but the 3-point specialist was basically held in check by a smothering North Woods defense.
“They have nice pressure defense and it gave us a lot of fits tonight,’’ Winans said.
Cade Goggleye ended the contest with a game-high 27 points, Sherman put in 12 and Morrison added 11.
North Woods (9-1) takes on No. 4 BOLD at 4:15 p.m. today at Duluth East, while MI-B (6-5) hosts Greenway on Tuesday.
N. Woods 41 43 — 84
MI-B 26 21 — 47
NW: Cade Goggleye 27, Dylan Chiabotti 6, Chase Kleppe 6, TJ Chiabotti 9, Darius Goggleye 9, Trevor Morrison 11, Ian Sherman 12, Tanner Barto 2, Brian Whiteman 2. 3-pointers: C. Goggleye 3, D. Chiabotti 1, TJ Chiabotti 3, Sherman 3. Free throws: 7-12. Total fouls: 14. Fouled out: None.
MI-B: Vincent Benkusky 6, Asher Zubich 13, Joe Buffetta 7, Riley Kintner 6, Dylan Maki 8, Carter Martinson 4, Braxton Negen 3. 3-pointers: Zubich 3, Negen 1. Free throws: 11-16. Total fouls: 9. Fouled out: None.