Graham wins district preview

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It didn’t count as an MED game, but the G-Men let the Devils know the district won’t be easy.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

MAX MEADOWS –– The good news for Grayson County was that the Blue Devils got an early look at a fellow contender for the Mountain Empire District boys’ basketball race. The good news ended there.


Graham held Grayson County scoreless the final 2:41 and rallied late for a 75-72 win in the second round of the First Bank of Virginia Classic at Fort Chiswell High School.

The game does not count in the MED standings, and the loss bumped the Blue Devils (5-3), losers of three straight after a 5-0 start, into the seventh-place game Saturday against George Wythe. Graham played Auburn for fifth place Saturday.

The second half alone featured seven ties and seven lead changes, the last of which came on a Tony Hood tip-in with 50 seconds left that put Graham in front 73-72.

A hurried Grayson County shot on the other end was rebounded by Roman Workman, and Hood sank a pair of foul shots to put Graham in front by the final three-point margin.

Grayson County had three shots from behind the arc in the final 15 seconds, including two attempts inside the last five ticks.

Max Rodgers poured in a dozen points in the second period as Grayson County rallied from a five-point hole and into a 43-36 lead by halftime.

Graham rode Colby Hill early in the second half as the lanky sophomore guard scored a dozen third-quarter points, including a 3-pointer and a layup and foul shot in a 12-2 run that saw the G-Men take a 54-49 lead midway through the period.

Max Rodgers swished a 3-pointer and Mikey Rodgers hit two free throws to put the Blue Devils back in front 58-56, and the teams entered the fourth knotted at 60.

Lucas Rudy’s bucket and two inside baskets by Max Rodgers early in the fourth gave the Blue Devils a five-point cushion, 66-61, but Graham tied the game at 68 with a 7-2 run capped by Hood’s trey with 4:02 to go.

Grayson County took its final lead of the game when Ty Cannaday scored from the wing with 2:41 to play, but that was it for the Blue Devils.

Hill had 10 first-quarter points to go with his huge third quarter and finished with a game-high 32 points. Hood hit three 3-pointers and went 11-of-15 from the foul line to finish with 26. Only four Graham players scored, three of them in double figures, as Spencer Sheets added 11 points.

Max Rodgers led Grayson County with 25 points and Cannaday dropped in 19 for the Blue Devils. 


Grayson County......16  27  17  12––72

Graham....................23  13  24  15––75


Grayson County (5-3)

Cannaday 7 3-3 19, Rudy 3 1-2 7, Mk.Rodgers 3 2-4 9, Mx.Rodgers 11 1-2 25, Wyatt 3 0-0 6, Davis 1 0-0 2, Mitchell 1 2-2 4. Totals 29 9-13 72.

Graham (6-3)

Hood 6 11-15 26, Sheets 5 0-0 11, Hill 14 2-3 32, Proffitt 3 0-0 6, Hawley 0 0-0 0. Totals 28 13-18 75.


Three-point field goals – Grayson County 5 (Cannaday 2, Mx.Rodgers 2, Mk.Rodgers), Graham 6 (Hood 3, Hill 2, Sheets). Team fouls – Grayson County 15, Graham 12. Fouled out – Proffitt. Technical fouls – none.