Granquist, Ekberg come up big for Jets

CRYSTAL FALLS – Rob Granquist and Trevor Ekberg recorded double-doubles for the second straight time Friday night as the North Central boys posted a 67-56 basketball victory over the Forest Park Trojans.

Granquist hit a career-high 24 points to go with 14 rebounds. Ekberg added 10 points and 12 boards.

“Rob had a monster night and Trevor had a real nice game,” said Jets’ coach Adam Mercier. “This is a good road win for us, especially considering the conference is real even. The kids played well together as a unit.”

The Jets (9-2 overall, 6-2 Skyline) led 17-6 after the first quarter and 26-18 at halftime.

“I was real happy with the way we started,” said Mercier. “We usually don’t start as well up there. Rob had a big 3-point play and hit another bucket at the end of the second quarter, which gave us some breathing room. That gave us some confidence going against their zone in the second half. We did a much better job being aggressive than in the first half.”

The contest was tied at 38 late in the third stanza, but the Jets then finished with a 6-0 run for a 44-38 lead.

“I love how our kids repsonded at the end of the third quarter,” said Mercier. “We shared the basketball real well tonight. We also had a good fan base, which was nice to see. We really appreciate their support.”

Sophomore forward Lee Graff paced the Trojans (6-4 overall, 3-2 league) with 14 points.

“They (Forest Park) have had some injuries, but they’re starting to get some kids back,” said Mercier. “They’re going to be scary at the end of the season.”

The Jets, who dropped the jayvee game, host Republic-Michigamme Tuesday.