GRAFTON—The GHS freshman boys’ basketball team played a very solid Elkins’ team recently, and even though the Tigers got the better of the Bearcats on the scoreboard, Coach Hartsel Keener was proud of his team’s effort and states that the game was much closer than the final score of 71-53 indicated.
“We knew going in that Elkins had a good freshman program this season,” Keener said after the game. “I asked the boys to compete and work hard for me for 32 minutes and give ourselves a chance to make it interesting in the fourth quarter. Elkins can get hot and they knocked down some nice shots behind the arc and we hurt ourselves turning the ball over with their press.”
Around the three-minute mark, the Bearcats settled in and played even for the rest of the contest, with both teams scoring 15, 14, and 13 points in the final three periods.
Leading the way for the Bearcats on the offensive end were J.T. Veltri and Cole Mooney, who scored 34 of the Bearcats’ 53 points. Bryson Kittle added six points, followed by Bryson Bish (4), Garrett Hudson (4), Hunter Mayle (3), and Markus Carder (2). Elkins had three players reach double digits.
“It wasn’t the outcome we wanted but I am proud of the way these boys play hard for me from the first buzzer to the final buzzer and that is all I can ask for as a coach. These boys have come a long way in a short period of time and have gotten better every day. That was our goal at the first practice and that is what they have done for me.”
The Bearcats (4-4) were scheduled to face Preston last night and Braxton on Tuesday, but both of those games have been canceled. They are still scheduled to play at Lincoln on Monday at 6:00pm.