Lion trio makes winning difference

HANCOCK – Jon Moore, Anthony Grandberry and Dominic Morrow combined their efforts Saturday afternoon to give Finlandia University a 91-79 men’s basketball win over Silver Lake College.

The trio combined to splash in 60 points in the win, earning the praise of FU coach Terry Smith.

“I thought those three kids really stepped up and played well today,” Smith said afterward. “When they’re playing like that … our chances of winning go up.”

Moore came up with 21 points and five rebounds in a typically solid showing, while Grandberry had 21 points and a game-best six assists. Morrow was close behind with 18 points and eight rebounds.

The win improved the Blue and White to 5-15 on the season. Silver Lake slipped to 4-15 so far.

The Lions had their hands full with a Silver Lake squad that was playing shorthanded (just seven players) because of eligibility woes.

“They’re not a bad team at all,” Smith said. “But we played better defense in the second half than in the first half when we let No. 11 (Anthony Parker) get loose. I think they ran out of gas in the second half.”

Holding a 45-38 lead at halftime, FU had to fend off several rallies by the Wisconsin team in the final 20 minutes.

The closest came with around eight minutes to play when Parker – the game’s top scorer with 25 markers – connected for six points in a row to make it 75-72.

That was when Moore took over. The 6-foot-4 junior forward from Ecorse nailed two buckets and fed teammate Ben Coleman for a layup that swelled the margin to 81-72.

“Jon Moore played very well today,” Smith said. “He can play inside or out.”

The locals also received 10 points and a team-best nine rebounds from Coleman. Keith Arnold had a steady game with nine points, six assists and seven rebounds.

Grandberry, who went 9-of-12 from the field, also had six assists.

The Lakers were led by Paker, but also received 18 points from Austen Allen-Walker. Carl Heing Jean and Irving Cato divided 28 more points. Finlandia will be idle until a Feb. 12 contest at Northland International.