He said dare to be great.
If the weekend was an indication, Gray's players have taken on his challenge. One night after beating Willard by 33 points at home, the Truckers wiped out a Huron team that had won 11 straight games on its home floor Saturday, 76-54.
With the win, Norwalk improved to 21-0 overall and extends its regular season winning streak to 42 games. The Truckers will likely finish No. 3 in the final Associated Press poll today.
Meanwhile, the Tigers saw their win streak come to an end and fell to 16-5.
“We are fortunate that we have a special group,” Gray said. “Our theme the last week-and-a-half was 'dare to be great.' I think they want to achieve something special. But I'm telling you, if Huron continues to play that hard, they are good enough to get to the regionals."
Huron trailed 22-19 on a Colin McCready basket at the 6:31 mark of the second, but the Truckers went on a 12-5 scoring run to go up 34-24.
After two Aaron Casey free throws brought the Tigers within single digits (32-24) with 1:02 left in the half, Norwalk's Trey Hallock converted a layup and Ben Haraway had a screen cleared for him on the final play of the half for a slashing bucket for a 38-26 halftime lead.
The Truckers opened the second half with a flurry, scoring seven points in a 1:07 span to open up a 45-26 lead. Trae Graham's 3-pointer at the quarter buzzer brought the Tigers within 57-44, but much like the beginning of the third, Norwalk found a different gear to start the final eight minutes.
All five Norwalk starters were in double figures, as Jeff Thomas had 20 points on 9 of 13 shooting.
Hallock added 10 points and eight rebounds, and Haraway also had 10 points.
Norwalk can go for back-to-back unbeaten regular seasons Friday with a win at Tiffin Columbian (7-13).
Colin McCready had 17 points for Huron.
Read more in Sunday's Sandusky Register and Monday's Norwalk Reflector.