Bearcats use late surge to upend Colts

The Inter-Mountain photo by Tony Baisi Philip Barbour’s Colton Criss puts up a jumper in front of Grafton defender Jack Faulkiner on Thursday night.

PHILIPPI — Grafton used a strong fourth quarter to pull away from Philip Barbour, 57-53, Thursday night in Big 10 Conference action.

The game was tied at 38-all before the Bearcats claimed the final canto, 19-15, to escape with the four-point win.

The visitors jumped out to a 12-7 lead at the 3:25 mark of the first quarter before the Colts trimmed and overtook the deficit to be up 16-13 to start the second period.

Grafton was back on top, 20-16, with 4:45 left in the first half.

With less than 30 seconds left in the second canto, the rivalry battle was tied at 20 apiece. The Bearcats, however, managed to sink a trey and steal the ball for a runaway layup to go up by five (25-20) before intermission began.

Grafton still led the contest with 4:24 to go in the third quarter at a 36-29 tally. Philip Barbour again pushed back to tie the game after three quarters.

Levi MacAdam paced the Colts with 13 points, nine boards and four assists. Kiyan Bartlett finished with nine points and four rebounds, while Jed Hawkins had eight points and four assists, Jesiah Matlick had eight points and Gage Bibey hit a pair of triples to chip in from behind the arc.

Grafton’s roster recorded the two highest scorers in the contest as Jack Faulkiner fired in 17 points and Dylan Massie hit for 16 markers.

Philip Barbour (8-8) will return to action on Tuesday at sectional foe Keyser.