GLENVILLE—After holding on for a hard-fought 73-66 victory against Notre Dame on Thursday, the Grafton Bearcats boys’ basketball team traveled to Glenville on Saturday and picked up their third straight win to start the season, knocking off the Titans by the score of 82-34.
Against the Fighting Irish, Blake Moore scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half, picking up right where Ryan Maier left off, as Maier scored 11 of his 16 in the first half, to help Grafton finish strong after a fast start.
The Bearcats led 17-4 after the first quarter, and 38-29 at the half before Notre Dame would mount a comeback late in the second half.
The Irish actually led by four points with just under four minutes to play, but finished the game on a 14-3 run to claim the victory.
“I was really proud of my kids tonight,” said Grafton head coach Michael Johnson. “I thought we played really hard and found a way to get out of there with a win. I thought we handled adversity well after getting into foul trouble and giving up a 13-point first-half lead. But all the boys stepped up and contributed. It was just a great team effort.”
Moore led the Bearcats with 19 points, while Maier added seven rebounds to go with his 11 points. Justin Spiker and JT Veltri scored 10 points each and Kaden Delaney added nine points, 11 rebounds, and three steals. Freshman Jacob Maier scored eight points.
Against Gilmer County on Saturday, Delaney scored 17, Moore scored 16, Veltri added 14 and Maier netted 11 as the Bearcats defeated the outmatched Titans by nearly 50 points.
“I sent messages out to at least 12 different teams looking for a game (after the Philip Barbour game was lost) and Gilmer was the only school that reached back out to us and wanted to play,” explained Johnson. “As far as the game goes, I was not at all pleased with our effort in the first half. We played like a big favorite who had just come off an emotional win. We challenged our kids at the half to come out and play Bearcat basketball and I thought we responded well.”
The Bearcats (3-0) were back in action last night as they traveled to Bridgeport (2-2), but results of that contest were not immediately available.
“Now we hit the gauntlet of the Big 10 schedule and if you don’t show up and play, you’re going to get beat,” Johnson added.