Ramey
Honaker slips past Graham
Graham (57) Vs. Honaker (58)
Dec 17, 2015
BY ANTHONY STEVENS
for the Daily Telegraph
BRISTOL, Va. — There will be a new champion in the Bearcat Invitational.
Defending champion Graham fell in a close one to Honaker 58-57 at the Bearcat Den on Thursday night. The Tigers trailed most of the game but were able to comeback in the fourth quarter.
“In the fourth quarter I thought all five guys started playing as a team,” Honaker coach Marcus Dunham said. “We had been sputtering, but we started clicking on all cylinders. We made some defensive stops and started playing smarter basketball.”
The G-Men went up 51-46 on a layup by Chandler Cooper with 3:34 left to play in the game. Point guard Blake Stinson scored when he drove to the basket for a layup for Honaker to cut the lead to three. After a couple of misses by Graham, Stinson found Brett Boyd open in the corner. The freshman swished the net to tie the game at 51.
The next possession for the G-Men, Tanner Miller was fouled and made one of two fouls shots for a one-point advantage. Hartley Hilton got loose to score for the Tigers, giving them their first lead 53-52 in the second half with just over a minute to play.
“As soon as I caught the pass, I saw no one was on the baseline so I just drove it,” stated Hilton. “There was a lot of pressure, but I knew I had to make it.”
Graham missed a shot that would have given them the lead and had to foul. Sophomore Brandon Sample made two clutch free throws with 43 second left to give the Tigers a 55-62 lead. After a miss, Garrett Dalton had an offensive rebound and a put-back for the G-Men as they pulled within one with 22 second left.
Stinson was again fouled and made 1-of-2 from the line and Honaker held a 56-54 lead with 20 seconds left. Graham again missed a shot and Stinson grabbed the rebound and was fouled with five seconds left.
Stinson made both free throws and they were definitely crucial. Roman Workman made a long 3-pointer as the horn sounded.
“I just tried to step to the line with confidence, I had worked on that a lot in practice,” Stinson said. “This feels good, a lot of people didn’t think we could play with Graham. We kind of played with a chip on our shoulder and wanted to prove everyone wrong.”
It was the first setback for Graham (2-1). Thomas Clarke led the G-Men with 17 points and Dalton contributed 10 points.
“Our offense broke down in the second half,” Graham coach Glynn Carlock said. “We took dumb shots. We didn’t do what we were supposed to do, like we did in the first half. We missed a lot of open shots. Give credit to Honaker, I felt they wanted it a little more than we did tonight.”
Tanner Robinette had another big night for the Tigers with 19 points. Boyd (15 points) and Hilton (10) were also in double figures.
Graham, which beat Honaker to win the tournament title last season, will play Saturday at 3 o’clock against host Virginia High. Honaker (4-0) faces Sullivan South, a 64-34 winner over Chilhowie, in the tournament semifinals tonight at 7 p.m.

at the Bearcat Den
GRAHAM (2-1)
Cooper 3 0-0 7, Morgan 1 0-0 3, Workman 3 0-0 7, Clarke 8 1-3 17, Dalton 5 0-0 10, Jones 0 0-0 0, Curto 1 0-0 2, Allen 2 0-0 4, Martin 1 0-0 2, Miller 2 1-2 5. Totals 26 2-5 57.
HONAKER (4-0)
Sample 2 3-7 8, Boyd 5 0-0 15, Hilton 5 0-4 10, Stinson 1 4-4 6, Robinette 6 7-14 19, Eaton 0 0-0 0, Coleman 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 14-29 58.
Graham........................11 20 16 10 — 57
Honaker........................10 17 15 16 — 58
3-point goals – Graham 3 (Cooper 1, Morgan 1, Workman 1), Honaker 6 (Sample 1, Boyd 5). Total fouls – Graham 22, Honaker 12. Fouled out - none. Technicals – none.
Nightly Roundup
Game Scoreboard
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
Graham 11 20 16 10 0 57
Honaker 10 17 15 16 0 58
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