GRAFTON—Ryan Maier poured in 27 points and Blake Moore added 19 as the Grafton Bearcats thrashed East Fairmont on the road Saturday by the score of 77-44 to begin their varsity basketball season.
Grafton’s defense held the Bees to just 1-10 shooting in the first quarter with six takeaways, and then extended that lead even further in the second when Maier knocked down back-to-back threes to begin the onslaught.
Grafton actually led by 50 points at one point in the second half before cruising to the 33-point win to move to 1-0 on the season.
“I was really proud of the way the boys came out and played tonight,” said Grafton head coach Mike Johnson. “I thought we were solid on the defensive end of the floor and that helped us get out in transition. We ran the floor really well and I thought we did a good job of finding each other.”
Maier finished the contest with seven rebounds to go along with four steals, and Moore finished 9-12 from the foul line and added four rebounds and four assists to his 19 points.
Kaden Delaney also had a strong performance for the Bearcats, adding 12 points and seven rebounds. Rounding out the scoring for the Bearcats were Tanner Moats (6), J.T. Veltri (6), Justin Spiker (2), Andrew Gallo (2), Jacob Maier (2), and Bryson Bish (2).
East Fairmont was led by Seth Cochran with 13 points and seven rebounds off the bench, while two other players had seven points each for the Bees.
The Bearcats (1-0) returned to action last night as they hosted Philip Barbour at Scotty Hamilton Gymnasium, but results from that contest were not immediately available.
“We know that our schedule is difficult and that we have a long way to go but it was a great start,” Johnson added.
In JV action, Isaac Lough scored 13 points and Jacob Maier added 12 as the Bearcats lost a close battle to the Bees by the score of 54-47.
Rounding out the scoring for the Bearcats were Harrison Maier (7), Cayden Boylen (5), Mason Dunham (4), Aiden Hartley (2), Matt Helmondollar (2), and Bryson Bish (2).