continued Once that was done, it was time for the boys contest, one where Ludden entered the night as a heavy favorite, but didn't play that way against a fired-up Grimes in the first half.
Jon Carnegie set the Cobras' tone with a dunk, strong rebounding and three blocks during a first quarter where Grimes seized an 11-7 lead.
Three different times in the second quarter, Grimes stretched the lead to six, but missed too many close-up shots. So, despite strong defense against the star tandem of Dan Kaigler and Ben Hackett (who often faced double teams any time they touched the ball), Grimes only took a 23-21 lead to the break.
During a fast-paced third quarter, sophomore Zach Walser continued to give Ludden surprising production. Having scored eight points in the first half, Walser tallied six more in the period and finished with 14 points overall.
Grimes hung in there, six times tying it after Ludden took brief leads, but the toll of playing on back-to-back nights (the Cobras beat Phoenix 71-56 on Friday) caught up to the Cobras by the time they reached the fourth quarter.
Sensing this, Ludden put the game away with a 19-6 run, sparked by 3-pointers from Cameron Littlejohn and Antoine Montgomery.
Kaigler and Hackett would break out, too, as Kaigler earned eight of his 18 points in the final period and Hackett gained 16 points. Grimes, in defeat, saw Casey Evans (14 points), Tom Steinberg (12 points) and Carnegie (10 points) all reach double figures.