Bulldogs pick up first win of season

BROCTON – After a close first quarter, Brocton put the distance between Pine Valley that it needed to as the Bulldogs (1-9) picked up their first win of the season after dropping the Panthers, 51-39, in non-league boys basketball.

“We’ve been playing better ball,” Brocton head coach Jeff Franze said. “We had a close game with them earlier in the year and we had a good feeling going into (Wednesday’s game) that we could be successful.”

The Bulldogs held an 11-10 lead after the first quarter, before going up 29-19 at the break. In the third quarter, Brocton outscored Pine Valley, 11-5, before the Panthers put up 15 points to the Bulldogs’ 11 over the game’s final eight minutes.

Anthony Riforgiato had a game-high 16 points for Brocton while Macalum Buchanan chipped in 13 points and five assists. Also for the Bulldogs, Brian Graves added eight points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

Killian Abers had a team-high nine points for the Panthers.

Maple Grove 65, Westfield 48

WESTFIELD – Maple Grove’s Graham Soffel and Corey Wefing are proving to be a dominant 1-2 punch in boys high school basketball.

The duo struck again Wednesday as they combined for 45 points in lifting the Red Dragons (6-6, 1-3) to a 65-48 victory over the Westfield Wolverines (6-5, 3-2) in non-league action.

Soffel led the way with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Wefing added 21 points, seven boards and as many steals.

“Both are good players,” Westfield coach Bob North said. “They can both step back and hit the 3-pointer, and they drive to the basket.”

Maple Grove took a 12-10 lead after the first quarter and increased its cushion to 27-19 by halftime. The Red Dragons outscored the home team, 30-29, in the second half for the victory.

“I was pleased with our defense in general,” North said. “It was a closer game than it ended up. With three minutes left, we had (the deficit) to nine points. We turned the ball over a couple times and (the lead) was up to 15. We played them a lot better than we did the first time.”

Tanner Dahl led the Wolverines with 12 points and four assists while Jacob Gray had seven rebounds.