PHILIPPI—The Grafton High School boys basketball team (8-16), played their final game of the 2016-2017 season last Thursday night in Philippi ,against the Philip Barbour Colts.
The Bearcats played the Colts, who are ranked number five in AA, close in the first quarter, but fell apart in the second and third quarters on their way to a 104 to 67 loss to the Colts.
This game eliminated the Bearcats from the sectional tournament, thus ending their season.
Behind the shooting of senior guard, Dylan Dinaldo, the Bearcats were able to keep up with the Colts during the first quarter, as they only trailed by five points at quarter’s end.
The Bearcats fell behind in the second quarter, as the Colts score at will from the inside and on transition. At the half the Cats found themselves down 51 to 32.
“I thought we played a pretty good first quarter for the most part,” said head coach Mike Johnson.
The third quarter was also not kind to the Cats, as they were outscored 26 to 12, with only three Cats able to put the ball in the basket.
The fourth quarter was chaotic, as both teams continued to push the ball up and down the court. During the final period the Colts only outscored the Cats, 25 to 23.
“We knew coming in that we had to keep them off the glass, and we knew we could not have any bad quarters,” said Johnson. “And in the second and third quarters we had dug such a big hole that we could never get out of it,” he added.
Dylan Dinaldo was the leading scorer for the Bearcats with 24 points, with 15 of the points coming from three point range.
The remaining points for the Cats were scored by Austin Young (13), Cameron Forte (7), Anthony Robinson (5), Dylan Massie (3), Austin Saltis (2), Brandon Clark (5) and Caleb Bish (8).
“When we started this season I looked at the roster and the schedule, and I truly could not tell what we had this year,” said Johnson. “But we have come a long way, and we have shown improvement throughout the year. We have been in many games and even won some games this year that we probably had no reason winning. I am really proud of the effort they gave this season. In a couple of games we could have just packed it in but we did not. Overall I thought we really good season,” he concluded.