GRAFTON/HUDSON – The Grafton Boys Basketball team defeated Hudson by a score of 77-64, Saturday, notching an early season win at home against the Hawks.
The two teams exchanged leads throughout the first half, with Grafton entering halftime with a narrow 43-38 lead.
A three-pointer from Ethan McInerny would then extend the Gators’ edge to 13 points with just under two minutes remaining in the third quarter. McInerny would tally 13 points in that quarter and finish the game with a team-leading 33 points.
“We came out slow, but they didn’t put us away,” he said following the win. “We stayed through it the entire way and ended up finishing in the end.”
“We put it all together after we were down and started hitting shots, started rebounding, and playing better defense,” McInerny continued. “We worked as a team to get back into this game and finish with the win.”
The third quarter ended with a buzzer-beating driving layup from Grafton senior Rohan Ramesh, who scored 14 points in the game, bringing the score to 62-53.
Hudson would cut the deficit to just six points in the final quarter but couldn’t keep momentum on its side to seal the comeback.
After a shortened season last year where Grafton suffered only one loss, the Gators were determined to continue working to get back to their winning ways.
This year, though, the team opened its season with a loss.
“We lost our first game, so we knew we had to come out and bounce back,” Ramesh said. “Our offense was clicking the whole day, but, defensively, we knew that we had to step up.”
Both players made it clear that the season-opening loss did not change their goals for the season.
“I feel like we are playing well, and I think we are going to have the same dominant season as we did last year and the year before,” McInerny said. “Me and my team, we are like a family. We come and we win games because we play together.”
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