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Graham (72) Vs. Fort Chiswell (51)
By GEORGE THWAITES
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
BLUEFIELD, Va. — The Graham student section wore pajamas to Tuesday night’s home game with Fort Chiswell. The G-Men didn’t wear any, but early on played like they were sleepwalking a little.
Graham eventually woke up, exploding for a 12-0 run over the final 2:22 of the third quarter and running off with a 72-51 victory over the visiting Pioneers.
“We were playing pretty sluggish to start the game,” said G-Men head basketball coach Glynn Carlock, Jr. “We weren’t getting it done and the nice thing about itis, we have enough guys that if somebody isn’t playing well our young guys can come in and give us a spark.”
Graham’s triumph interrupted a nine-game winning streak by Fort Chiswell (14-4), which had led 11-2 by 3:52 in the first quarter.
The game was tied at 35 as of Jared Stephens’ steal for a 3-pointer off transition with 3:24 remaining in the third period. Pioneers coach Derrick Jackson shuffled his lineup and all of the sudden it came unraveled.
“I was trying to get some rest for my starters and they really started putting pressure on us,” said Jackson.
“We were down five or six and then it bloomed to like, 10 or 12. I put the other guys back in and it got up to 15 and we were just fighting from behind. We had to get out of the halfcourt game and try to pressure and it opened it up for them in the fourth quarter,” he said.
The G-Men (12-2) got 3-pointers from Darrin Martin and Cameron Allen during the pivotal run. Fort Chiswell committed 22 turnovers on the game, most of them in the second half.
Graham scored 31 points in the third period and 22 in the fourth. The G-Men only mustered 10 in the first quarter and nine in the second.
“They play that 2-3 zone as well as anybody you find in high school. I’m glad we had a preparation day for them, because it’s really unlike any of the others. It’s kind of like Syracuse ... they’re kind of unique in the way they play it because they force you to shoot the jump shot,” said Graham head coach Glynn Carlock, Jr.
Thomas Clarke led the G-Men with 14 points, also grabbing four rebounds. Roman Workman had 13 points and Nick Morgan and 10 points and four boards. Cameron Allen distributed four assists and had two steals, finishing with eight points. Garrett Dalton had eight points in the post, also snaring three rebounds and three steals. Tanner Miller had four rebounds.
“After a slow start I was proud of how our guys played in the second half. I thought in the second half we did a pretty good job turning transition into points for us off of our press,” Carlock said. “They’re a quality team. We beat a good team and they’re going to have a lot of success in their conference tournament,” he said.
Tanner Bailey scored 18 points to pace Fort Chiswell. Bryson Booher scored 11 points, delivering five assists and collecting three steals. Stephens scored 10. Strong-armed Colby Rider corralled nine rebounds.
“We didn’t weather that storm. We talked about not giving up runs,” Jackson said, who said 2A Graham was good preparation for his team’s 1A post-season aspirations. “It got away from us and we started getting out of our game. We tried to slow them down and get them in a halfcourt game.”
For Graham, Tuesday’s win was the first game of a tough home stretch. The G-Men face Tazewell at home tonight, take on Grayson County in a quad on Friday and take on Grundy in a Saturday afternoon quad that starts with the JV girls at 1 p.m.

At Graham Middle School
FORT CHISWELL (14-4)
Isaiah Ramsey 1 0-0 3, Tanner Bailey 8 1-2 18, Ben Van Dyne 0 0-0 0, Andrew Stoots 0 0-0 0. Bryson Booher 4 0-0 11, Jared Stephens 5 0-0 10, Cole Underwood 0 0-0 0, Ben Porter 1 0-0 2, Colby Rider 2 5-3 7. Totals 21 4-7 51
GRAHAM (12-2)
Chandler Cooper 0 2-2 2, Nick Morgan 3 3-4 10, Roman Workman 5 3-4 13, Chris Jones 2 1-2 7, Thomas Clarke 6 2-4 14, Emil Curto 1 0-0 2, Cameron Allen 3 1-2 8, Adam Cole 0 0-0 0, Darrin Martin 1 0-0 3, Nick Shoemaker 1 0-0 2, Nathan Figueroa 0 0-0 0, Tanner Miller 1 1-2 3, Garrett Dalton 4 0-0 8. Totals 27 13-20 72.
Ft. Chiswell...................11 9 15 16 — 51
Graham.........................10 9 31 22 — 72
3-point goals: Ft. Chiswell 5 (Ramsey, Bailey, Booher 3), Graham 5 (Morgan, Jones 2, Allen, Martin).
Game Scoreboard
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
Graham 10 9 31 22 0 72
Fort Chiswell 11 9 15 16 0 51
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