Warriors have hard time with Grubbs, Patriots

Published 11:18 pm Tuesday, January 3, 2017


Behind 24 points from Sullivan East’s Gavin Grubbs, the Patriots rolled out to a 62-47 Three Rivers Conference win over the Warriors Tuesday inside Bayless Gymnasium.

It seemed that every time Grubbs got his hands on the ball, he would either score or draw a foul.

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“Usually, when you look at your box score, he has shot more free throws than your whole team,” Happy Valley head coach Chuck Babb said. “He is good at getting to the rim and drawing fouls. When someone can do that, they are hard to defend.”

However, despite Tuesday night’s loss, Babb said he was happy with how his Warriors competed and didn’t give up.

“If we play with the intensity that we played with tonight every night in our league, then some good things are going to happen,” Babb said. “East shot it well. We shot it OK in the first half. In the fourth quarter, we went cold. We got stops, but we were not scoring.

“I though we did a tremendous job on defense,” Babb added. “But we do need to do a better job on the boards.”

In the first frame, the Warriors and Patriots were neck-and-neck before East went on a 9-2 run in the final minute of the quarter to take a 24-15 lead.

The second quarter saw East out score Happy Valley 16-12 to take a 40-27 lead into halftime. In the second frame, Happy Valley’s Sam Blevins came alive for eight points, while Noah Worley connected for a three to help his team’s cause.

Behind eight points from Happy Valley’s Brayden Sams, the Warriors out worked East 11-9 in the third quarter, and heading into the final quarter, the Warriors trailed East 49-38.

The final quarter saw Grubbs go to the foul line five times, while recording six points. For Happy Valley, Isaiah Rhodes picked up four points in the fourth, while his teammate Austin Hicks had three.

Happy Valley was led by Blevins who recorded 16 points on the night, while Hicks and Sams picked up eight each.

The Warriors (2-1 TRC) will get back into action as they host Sullivan South for another TRC contest.

“This is a big one for us,” Babb said. “This is a game that we need to come in and play better, especially looking toward tournament time. We still have everything we want to do in front of us. We are 2-1 in the conference, just a game of first. Our season started this week.