PM Falls To Grundy In State Boys Hoops Quarterfinal

Jeremy S. Franklin
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Friday, March 6 -- Grundy defeated Parry McCluer High School 49-46 in the quarterfinals of the VHSL Class 1 state boys basketball tournament at Rockbridge County High School.

Cade Looney totaled 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Golden Wave (23-3) to the victory. Spencer Hamilton posted 20 points and 14 boards for the Region 1C champion Fighting Blues (20-7).

Grundy, the runner-up from Region 1D, led 46-38 with just over a minute to play. Helped along by a number of missed free throws -- the Golden Wave hit just 6-of-14 attempts at the foul line in the final two minutes -- PM battled back, getting 3-pointers from Hamilton and Justin Wade to cut the margin to 47-44 with 33 seconds left.

Looney missed two charity tosses with 26.4 seconds remaining, but the Blues couldn't create a good shot at the other end. Given another chance with 11.2 seconds to play, Looney sank a pair of foul shots to effectively seal the win.

Will Dunlap notched nine points and five rebounds for the Blues. But PM's leading scorer was plagued by foul trouble throughout the night, picking up his fourth personal in the opening minute of the second half and then fouling out with 5:23 to play. Talen Roberts added eight points for PM.

Jacob McCoy recorded 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Golden Wave. Oscar Oygard tallied eight points, and Corey Keene chipped in seven markers.

The game was tightly contested for most of the night, with the lead changing hands seven times through the first three periods. Grundy led 19-17 at the break, only to see the Blues open the third period with seven straight points to assume a 24-19 advantage with 6:32 to go.

The Golden Wave countered with six unanswered markers, taking a 25-24 edge. Following Ryan Perry's runner that put PM ahead 26-25 midway through the quarter, Grundy went in front for good on a basket from Looney at the 2:48 mark.

Yet the Blues wouldn't go away. After the Golden Wave stretched the margin to 36-29 just over three minutes into the final frame, Hamilton poured in seven straight PM points, and his 3-pointer cut the deficit to 38-36 with 3:34 remaining. Grundy answered with an 8-2 stretch before the late treys from Hamilton and Wade gave the Blues a chance in the final minute.

Grundy will take on either Region 1D champion Eastside or Region 1C runner-up Auburn in the state semifinals on Tuesday.

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