Bulldogs push Loyal but Hounds hang on to second place

Loyal’s Riley Geiger and Granton’s Michael Meddaugh scramble for a loose ball during the Greyhounds’ 80-67 Eastern Cloverbelt Conference win at Granton on Jan. 28. Loyal led by only one point with less than 15 minutes to play in the game, but was able to pull away down the stretch.

It did not come easy, but the Loyal boys basketball team maintained its tentative grip on second place in the Eastern Cloverbelt Conference with an 80-67 win at Granton on Jan. 28. The Bulldogs provided a stiffer test than previous records might suggest, and Loyal led by only one point with 14:45 left in the game before using an advantage on the offensive glass and late free throws to secure the win.
Powered by Cameron Brussow’s 31 points and 30 from Riley Geiger, Loyal improved to 8-3 in the ECC and preserved a tie with Neillsville for the chance to play in the league crossover runner-up game on Feb. 27 at Neillsville. The Greyhounds needed every point they could get from their high-scoring junior duo, as Granton connected on a dozen 3-pointers in the game and stayed within reach of the lead most of the night.

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