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G-Men counter Grundy’s energy
Graham (87) Vs. Grundy (51)
Feb 06, 2016
By BRIAN WOODSON
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
BLUEFIELD, Va. — The plan was to keep Graham from getting one of its patented offensive runs. Grundy achieved those goals through the opening 20 minutes of the game.
It was all Graham from there, with the G-Men outscoring the Golden Wave 44-12 over the final 12 minutes to pull away from Grundy 87-51 on Saturday evening at Graham Middle School.
“That is what we were trying to avoid all night was a run,” Grundy head coach Brian Moore said. “We thought even if they got one if we could cut it off and then maybe answer with something, but unfortunately we were unable to answer it. I think a lot of it had to do is we were exhausted. We had a pretty good effort there in the first half.”
Very good. Grundy (4-14) led by as much as nine points in the second quarter and didn’t trail through the entire game until Thomas Clarke drove the basket with 0.7 seconds left to put the G-Men up 33-32 at the break.
Led by eight points each from Bluefield College football signee Ethan Duty and Dylan Wolford, Grundy canned four 3s in the opening quarter to lead 18-14 and that lead grew to as much as 26-17 with 4:03 led in the second period.
“I am not happy with our effort to start these games,” said Graham head coach Glynn Carlock Jr., whose G-Men (15-2) won for the fourth time this week. “It feels like all week we have kind of started off pretty slowly and we can’t have that.
“It goes through stages. I know how seasons go, four games in a week, it is what it is, but somebody that is 15, 16 years old, four games in a week as many players as we play shouldn’t affect us. I really don’t buy that excuse.”
Grundy fell behind by eight early in the third period before whittling the margin to 43-39 on two free throws by Cole Street and a drive by Duty to the basket with, once again, 4:03 left in the quarter.
“The thing about Grundy is, it was obvious at the get-go, they came into this game with a lot of energy,” Carlock said. “I knew they would be ready to play.
“He does a phenomenal job with their 2-3 zone as well. These zones take us a while to get acclimated, but once we got there I thought we were able to get out and move and get some layups and some easy baskets.”
A bunch of them. Graham began to get out in transition, outscoring the Golden Wave 19-4 the rest of the period and 33-6 with 4:35 left in the game, as the G-Men built the lead to 76-45. The largest lead grew to 38 points, at 85-47, with little time left in the game.
While Grundy had a roster of five and got no points off the bench, the G-Men had a plethora of options, with 11 of Carlock’s 13 players getting on the board, led by Roman Workman, who had 19 of his 29 points after the break, along with four steals, three rebounds and two assists.
Clarke added 11 points, five boards and two assists, while Cameron Allen had eight points, three steals and three assists. Darrin Martin added eight points and three steals, and Garrett Dalton had eight points.
“They were very limited to their depth, they had about five guys that they could count on and they had a eight-man roster so we had to wear on them and make them play fast and eventually we wore them down,” Carlock said.
“That has been our Achilles heel all year is a lot of teams run 8, 10, 12 kids at us and it takes a toll on you, especially by the fourth quarter,” added Moore, whose Golden Wave will visit River View on Monday. “Unfortunately it got us again tonight, but our kids are pretty resilient, they keep working hard. I am proud of them, I thought we gave a great effort.”
Grundy, which joined Graham in falling one step short of the state tournament last season, was led by Wolford with 17 points and 16 for Duty. Cole Street added eight points and Christian Jackson was held to six.
“I feel like with the first half time we showed we can play some ball so we are going to take this and use it as a positive and hopefully we jump up and bite somebody around tournament time,” said Moore, whose Golden Wave upset Virginia High to advance to the co-regional finals last season. “That is what you are always hoping for this time of year.”
Graham will play three games this week, including Tuesday at Richlands, a trip to Narrows on Wednesday, and will close out the regular season on Friday by hosting Virginia High.
“All in all to get through a four-game week and get four games in this week is good,” Carlock said. “We were 4-0, we are now 15-2 so 15-2 going into the last week of the regular season with a chance to win the (SEC) regular season championship is a good thing.”
Next up is a day off, which Carlock will spend cheering on the Panthers in the Super Bowl.
“We need a well deserved day off tomorrow,” he said. “We can sit around and maybe watch the big game and I think the guys will take advantage of that one. I know I need to take advantage of it myself.”

at Graham Middle School
GRUNDY (4-14)
Ethan Duty 5 5-11 16, Dylan Wolford 6 3-4 17, Daleton Anglin 1 2-4 4, Cole Street 1 5-6 8, Christian Jackson 1 4-6 6, Dalton Lester 0 0-0 0, Tate O’Quinn 0 0-0 0, Zack Looney 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 19-31 51.
GRAHAM (15-2)
Chandler Cooper 0 0-0 0, Nick Morgan 2 2-2 6, Roman Workman 12 3-5 29, Thomas Clarke 5 1-3 11, Tanner Miller 0 2-2 2, Garrett Dalton 4 0-0 8, Emil Curto 2 0-2 4, Cameron Allen 2 3-4 8, Adam Cole 2 0-0 5, Darrin Martin 3 0-0 8, Nick Shoemaker 1 0-0 2, Chris Jones 2 0-0 4, Nathan Figueroa 0 0-0 0. Totals 35 11-18 87.
Grundy.......18 14 11 8 — 51
Graham........14 19 29 25 — 87
3-point goals: GRU 4 (Wolford 2, Street 1, Duty 1); GRA 6 (Workman 2, Martin 2, Allen 1, Cole 1). Total fouls: GRU 18; GRA 21. Fouled out: none. Technicals: Clarke, Grundy bench (Moore). JV—Graham won.
Nightly Roundup
Game Scoreboard
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
Graham 14 19 29 25 0 87
Grundy 18 14 11 8 0 51
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