G ranville was swept in the season series with the Black Horses and came up short in a rescheduled match-up with Cambridge in Wasaren League action.
An outsized Granville squad fell to Schuylerville Monday night, Jan. 31, as the Horde fell, 44-25, in Wasaren League play.
Shots refused to fall for the Horde as the one-loss Horses outscored Granville, 23-4, by halftime. The Horde struggled to overcome a height advantage as the Black Horses suited players with an average height of 6 feet, 2 inches while the Golden Horde put only two players on the court over that height the entire game.
Granville found some bright spots in sophomore Jared Beattie who had all of the Golden Horde’s six two-point field goals; he also went six of nine from the stripe to earn his season-high 18 points to go along with 10 rebounds for a double-double.
Granville had no other scorers in double figures in the game. Jamie Hicks, Ricky Prevost and Tim Perry also scored for Granville; Perry had Granville’s lone three-pointer in the contest.
On Thursday, Feb. 3, the Golden Horde played a make-up game against Cambridge falling, 56-43. Granville came out flat and was down by 19 points at the half. Adding to the Horde’s troubles, senior Jamie Hicks went down with an ankle injury in the second half.
Although it seemed things could only get worse for Granville, the Golden Horde outscored Cambridge in the final two quarters to pull within 10 before eventually losing by 13 points. Hicks led Granville with 11 points and seven rebounds before he went down with the injury. Sam McDermott added six points and nine rebounds, Evan Young added nine points and Ricky Prevost (a 10th-grader called up from JV) added a varsity career high nine points and five rebounds.
Friday night Granville finished off the season series with the Black Horses, falling, 52-30, as the injury riddled lineup again struggled with Schuylerville’s size. The Golden Horde was down early and often as players were tired and reeling from Thursday night’s hard-fought contest against Cambridge.
The Horde battled back to close the gap to 22 points against one of the Wasaren’s top teams. Tim Perry led the Horde with 10 points and six rebounds while Evan Young added nine points.
“The kids are still playing hard and that’s what they’ve got to do – it’s a learning experience,” Horde head Coach Duane Dodge said after the game Friday. Dodge said he was pleased to see the team playing hard, with its heads up regardless of the score.
“The underclassmen will get better from this. I feel bad for the seniors; it makes it hard on them but we’re not done. We’re not giving up on anything,” Dodge said. “I’m happy; the kids get credit for playing hard and playing together.”
Granville 2 2 9 12 – 25
Schuylerville 13 10 9 12 – 44
Cambridge 22 14 10 10 – 56
Granville 4 13 11 15 – 43
Schuylerville 18 18 9 7 – 52
Granville 4 13 6 7 – 30