Bearcats advance in sectional tournament

Cats pull away in a ‘must win’ game against Frankfort

FRANKFORT—The Grafton High School boys basketball team headed to Frankfort last Monday night, in a must win game.

The Cats are in the sectional tournament, and its win or the seasons over.

The Bearcats were looking for revenge, as the Falcons had beaten the Cats 70 to 50 early in the regular season, but this did not scare this group ,as they were up to the challenge.

The challenge was great, but in the end the Bearcats pulled away with a 65 to 53 victory.

The Bearcats used a balance scoring attack to take a 13 to 10 advantage after the first quarter.

In the second the Cats were one better than the Falcons, and held a 29 to 25 lead at halftime.

The Falcons pulled within two points by the end of the third quarter, but the Bearcats dominated the fourth quarter ,as they outscored the Falcons 22 to 10.

“The boys played really well on Monday,” said second year head coach Mike Johnson. “We executed our game plan and we were able to get the game to the tempo that we wanted. It was a good all around effort.” 

Dylan Dinaldo led all scorers with 23 points, while teammate Austin Young added 15 of his own.

The remaining points came from Cameron Forte (5), Anthony Robinson (3), Andrew Willis (3), Caleb Bish (13) and Colton Moats (3).

Defensively Bish and Young led the Cats with three steals apiece, and Bish also led the team with eleven total rebounds.

With the win the boys moved on to play Philip Barbour on Thursday.

The results of that game will be in the next edition of The Mountain Statesman.

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