Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Grovetown's Graham makes game winner; Warriors advance to play host North Augusta

I thought Grovetown would be the one sub-region 5A team to go backwards this season after coach Daniel Jordan lost his three leading scorers from last season's first place team. Nonsense! Sophomore Eric Graham said as much with his game winning floater right before the overtime buzzer sounded in the Warriors' 71-70 win over Aiken in the quarterfinal round of the North Augusta Christmas tournament.

Graham's heroic shot came after a 5.7 second sprint to the hoop that started on the opposite baseline. The sophomore split two defenders near half court and dropped the shot over a third. He also made the basket that tied the game at 67 with 26 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and forced overtime.

Grovetown advanced to face tournament host North Augusta in Tuesday's semifinal round at 8:30 P.M. The Yellow Jackets dismantled Barnwell in Monday's night cap behind 18 points by Moses Cheeks.

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