Spoilers battle Indians
Grafton boys basketball team opens with a loss on Saturday
The 2013-2014 Grafton boys basketball season got underway last Saturday in a foul-riddled home opener against a scrappy Four Winds-Minnewaukan team. The Spoilers eventually lost the game 70-61.
Austin Contreras led the Spoilers offensively with 18 points, followed by Zak Hernadez with 13. The Indians’ Trayvon McKay led all scorers with 19 followed by Hadley Smith with 17.
The Spoilers opened the game with a strong first quarter jumping out to a 15-4 lead with the help of a couple 3-pointers by Hunter Baldwin. By the end of the first quarter Grafton had built a 10-point lead and held the advantage at 21-11.
Shortly into the second quarter, the Indians applied a three-quarter court press and went on a 12-5 scoring run. The Spoilers had trouble containing Trevon McKay who exploded with all of the 12 points in that run for the Indians.
The game then took on a more physical nature midway through the second quarter. With the score 23-17 in favor of Grafton, they tried to get the ball inside to the Spoilers’ 6-foot-6 inch center with little success. Garek Droog battled against the Indians’ big bodies down low and despite going to the free-throw line six times he only converted for two points in the quarter. Meanwhile at the other end, McKay converted 6-of-8 free throws and had three field goals for a total of 12 points in the quarter for the Indians. The Indians’ aggressive physical play was the key to containing the Spoilers to only 10 second-quarter points thus tying the game at 31-31 to end the first half.
Grafton came out in the second half and built an early lead 40-35 but soon found themselves down 43-40 on a eight-point run by the Indians. Contreras then tied the game with a 3-pointer to make the score 43-43. The quarter ended with Four Winds-Minnewaukan slipping ahead by a score of 49-44.
Grafton stayed within five points of the Indians for a few minutes to start the fourth quarter but soon found themselves down by 12 at the 62-50 mark midway through the quarter. The Spoilers fought back to cut the score to five but that was as close as they could get. With the score 65-60 in favor of the Indians, Spoilers’ coach Riley Lillemoen called timeout after Contreras was disqualified after being called for his fifth foul. With time winding down in the game, the Spoilers were forced to foul in an attempt to stop the clock but the Indians took advantage at the free-throw line and finished the game with seven straight free throws to win the game 70-61. The Indians converted 13-of-15 free throws in the fourth quarter.
The Spoilers next game will be against Hatton-Northwood in Hatton on Friday.