By LLOYD COMBS
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
GRUNDY, Va. —
On a night when neither team shot the ball well, a few extra possessions came in handy.
The board work of Blake Cehajic helped Grundy gain a few, and it was just enough to enable the Golden Wave to earn a dramatic, 46-44 win over Hurley in Black Diamond District action Friday night.
The 6-foot-4 sophomore garnered 18 rebounds, including a key stick-back with one minute remaining after Hurley worked its way back from an 11-point deficit to get within one point three times in the final two minutes, twice on a buckets by Tanner Charles.
Two free throws by Greg Stacy got the Rebels within 45-44 with 47 seconds remaining. Dylan Billiter hit a free throw with 7.1 seconds left to account for the final margin. Hurley (3-7, 0-2) missed a lay-up just before the buzzer.
“Blake had by far his best game of the year,” said Grundy coach Jeremy Ratliff, whose club played roughly half the game with leading scorer Charles McCoy and another key starter, Baylen Dillow, on the bench in foul trouble. “And I thought Billiter did a good job, especially in the second half.
“He scored some, but he did a good job facilitating the offense. That gave us a big lift. And I thought Mickey Viars and Kris Hawkins helped us inside off the bench.”
Billiter led Grundy (1--11, 1-1) with 17 points and McCoy added 10 points. Viars grabbed all seven of his rebounds in the second half, while Hawkins added six boards. Charles scored a game-high 19 points,, including nine in the first half when he hit three of his four 3-pointers. Unfortunately for the Rebels, no one was else was htiting. Settling for a series of perimeter shots Hurley (3-7, 0-2) shot just 20.8 percent (15-of-72) from the field.
“(Grundy’s) zone was flat and they gave us the outside shot, and if you’re hitting that’s going to work,” said Hurley coach Mark Cooper, whose club came into Friday’s game off a long road trip to Northwood the night before. “What we preached all night long was ‘let’s attack and get to that short corner’ and we did that a few times, but we should have to buy Grundy some more backboards and rims, because we beat it to death tonight.”
Grundy, said Ratliff, felt a sigh of relief as much as elation over getting a win after an 0-11 start to the season. “It’s a relief, that’s the big thing,” Ratliff explained. “I know the kids were getting down, losing, so maybe this will give them a little confidence.”
Greg Stacy hauled in 13 rebounds for Hurley, which forced 20 Grundy turnovers.
Girls game: Grundy 70, Hurley 19
In the opening game Friday, Grundy scored the first 14 points of the game over a shorthanded Hurley squad that dressed just six players and played the final quarter with four after losing one player to an injury and another to fouls.
Twelve girls played and all 12 scored for Grundy (10-2, 2-0). Savannah was the only double figure scorer with 13 points. Four players added six points apiece.
Kourtney Cook led the Lady Rebels with 13 points.
Cook 13, McCoy 2, Stacy 2, Charles 0, Hurley 1, Estep 2.
Charles 13, Hall 4, Cantrell 5, Webb 4, Snead 2, Sperry 6, Owens 6, Kyle 2, Yates 6, Lane 4, Thornsbury 6, Williams 2.
Hurley...........2 9 6 2 -- 19
Grundy........21 15 16 18 -- 70
3-point goals - Hur 1 (Cook), Gru 2 (Charles 2).
Peck 6, Gibson 8, B. Stacy 1, Charles 19, G. Stacy 8, Oliver 2. Estep 0, T. Stacy 0.
C. McCoy 11, Billiter 17, J. McCoy 2, Cheajic 7, Dillow 2, Hawkins 2, Viars 4, Nash-Cleek 1.
Hurley.........13 6 13 12 -- 44
Grundy........16 12 7 11 -- 46
3-point goals - Hur 4 (Charles 4), Gru 2 (C. McCoy, Billiter).