GRAFTON- The Grafton High School boys basketball team was back on the road this past Thursday to face off with arch rival, the Philip Barbour Colts.
The Bearcats started slow in the beginning, but they got it together in the end to win on the road, 57—53.
The Colts started strong in the first quarter with their offense, but the Bearcats were able to keep up with them with the help of Dylan Massie with five points. Philip Barbour led after the first quarter with the score of 16—13.
The Grafton offense came out roaring in the second quarter, and that was the turnaround of the game. Grafton’s defense held the Colts to four points, while the Bearcats’ offense scored 12 points, with Blake Moore and Jack Faulkner hitting key threes. Grafton led 25—20 after the first half.
The Colts came out into the third quarter like a heavyweight fighter. Philip Barbour outscored Grafton in the third quarter with the score of 18—13. The game was tied at 38, and it was all decided in the fourth quarter.
Grafton’s offense came out shooting in the fourth quarter, which helped them pull out a key win on the road. Grafton’s offense was led by Faulkner, Moore, Massie, and Caleb Bish. The Bearcats win with the final score of 57—53.
Grafton was led by Faulkner with 17 points followed by Massie with, 16 points.
The remaining scorers were Bish (8), Moore (8), Garrett Moats (4), Ryan Maier (3), and Garrett Wellman (1).
The boys were back in action the next day following their big win over Philip Barbour. They welcomed the Berkeley Springs Indians to the Scotty Hamilton Gymnasium as part of their Shoot for Cure event. Grafton wasn’t shooting well in the first quarter, but they came alive in the second quarter and the rest was history.
Grafton’s offense started the game the same way they did the previous night. Grafton’s offense was led by Jack Faulkner with five points. The Indians outscored the Bearcats with the score of 17 to 10 in the first.
Grafton came on during the second quarter with an outstanding performance by Faulkner scoring 11 points to help the Bearcats get a led before halftime. Faulkner had a three pointer and four two pointers. Grafton’s defense played shut down defense by giving up only eight points to the Indians. Grafton outscored Berkeley Spring with the score of 22 to eight.
In the third quarter, Berkeley Springs came out surging and cutting their deficit. It was Blake Moore’s turn to help the Bearcats’ offense. Moore made three foul shots and a two pointer. The Indians outscored the Bearcats with the score of 17—13.
Grafton came out in the fourth quarter and finished business. Faulkner came out shooting again by helping the Bearcats pull the impressive win, and he scored eight points in the final quarter. Grafton will go on to win a regular season sectional game by the score of 64—57.
The leading scorer was Faulkner with 24 points, followed by Garrett Moats with 11 points.
The remaining scorers were Caleb Bish (8), Moore (7), Massie (6), Ryan Maier (3), Logan Beltner (2), and Matt Gallo (2).
The Bearcats will be back in action tomorrow night, as they host North Marion. The JV contest will begin at 5:45 p.m., with the varsity scheduled at 7:30 p.m.