The Gridley High School boys basketball team made a major statement at home Tuesday night against perennial rival Sutter, blowing out the Huskies, 78-51 to improve to 2-0 in the Butte View League (13-5 overall) in 2017-18.

The Bulldogs led by as many as 30 in this one before the Huskies (3-15, 1-1) were able to narrow the gap late against the Gridley reserves.

Despite the win, second-year Gridley coach Chay Dake wasn’t completely pleased with his team’s performance, especially on the defensive end of the court.

Dake likes for the Bulldogs to not give up more than 40 points.

“We need to work on our defense,” Dake said.

Still, Dake was impressed with his team’s offensive intensity out of the gate.

The Bulldogs opened with a 13-2 run and led 19-11 at the first stop.

Senior Tyler Little was a force as usual for Gridley, pouring in 28 points to go along with 11 rebounds for a double-double.

Brian Wilkerson added 17 points, Grant Tull had 13 and Randy Miller chipped in with 12 to round out a quartet of Bulldogs in double figures.

The Bulldogs were a 51-32 winner in the freshman contest.

Gridley was slated to continue BVL play on Thursday night with a trip to Wheatland.

Girls basketball 
Gridley 79, Sutter 53

At Sutter, the Bulldog girls made it a Gridley sweep to improve to 10-8 overall  in 2017-18 (2-0 BVL).

Maddyson Tull had a game-high 30 points for Gridley, along with 12 rebounds, four assists and three steals. Lauren Erickson added 21 points and 14 boards. Kennedy Tull added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs’ third double-double.

The Bulldogs host Wheatland Friday night.