PM Boys Top Grayson

PM Boys Top Grayson

ABOVE, PM head coach Mike Cartolaro taps arms with senior guard Ethan Moore, who is introduced before the game begins. AT RIGHT, During a timeout, Cartolaro speaks to his players, socially distanced on different rows on the bleachers. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photos)

PM Boys Top Grayson
PM Boys Top Grayson

PM SENIOR guard Talen Roberts goes up for a shot over a Grayson County defender while teammate John Snider (40) watches. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

Hamilton Pours In 31 Points, Snares 11 Rebounds

The Parry McCluer High School boys basketball team opened its season with a 67-39 home win over Grayson County on Saturday afternoon in Buena Vista.

Spencer Hamilton, PM’s 6-foot-11-inch forward, led the Fighting Blues with 31 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots. Will Dunlap added 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists for PM.

Playing their first game since their Class 1 state quarterfinal loss to Grundy last March, the Blues broke away from a close game early, leading 18-10 after the first quarter. PM went up 36-22 at halftime, with Hamilton scoring 19 points in the first half and Dunlap adding 11.

PM head coach Mike Cartolaro said the Blues fouled too much in the first half, but they did a better job defensively in the second half. The Blues outscored Grayson County 15-9 in the third quarter to extend their lead to 51-31, and they carried the momentum into the fourth quarter. Grayson County fell to 0-2.

Pleased with the win, Cartolaro said, “It was a good start. In this situation that we’re in, it’s a start that we’ve been waiting for for a long time.”

Due to Virginia High School League rules on COVID-19 protocols, the teams were playing before a small crowd, with only senior parents attending. “It was a very different atmosphere,” said Cartolaro. “I thought the kids adjusted well to it … “The bottom line is, we’re here to play basketball.”

In addition to Hamilton and Dunlap, PM’s other leaders were Jalen Mitchell with six points and three assists, Ty Ruley with four points, and Ryan Perry with two points, three assists and two steals.

The Blues did a good job sharing the ball with 18 total assists, and they committed 11 turnovers, while the Blue Devils had 20 turnovers. PM won the rebounding battle, 33-25. Leading Grayson

Leading Grayson County, coached by former PM standout Josh Perry, were Austin Dowell with 12 points and Devin Poe with nine. Cartolaro praised guard Talen Roberts for doing “a great job defensively” on Grayson County’s best player, Andrew Shaffner, who was held to five points.

The Blues were scheduled to play host to Lord Botetourt on Monday and will begin Pioneer District action at home against Narrows on Thursday, starting with the junior varsity game at 5:30 p.m. They’re scheduled to play at Grayson County on Saturday, starting with the JV game at 1 p.m., before returning to district action at Bath County on Tuesday, starting with JV action at 5:30 p.m.

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