Roanoke Catholic next... Graham’s David Marrs drives to the bucket and puts up a shot during the G-Men’s win over Narrows on Friday night. Graham forced 30 turnovers in the 73-44 decision.


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

NARROWS, Va. — The Graham G-Men forced 30 turnovers and turned them into points as they rushed out to a 46-24 first-half lead before cruising to a 73-44 victory Friday night in the second game of the Narrows Christmas Classic at Narrows High School.

“I thought for the first time this season we were able to play our style of basketball,” said Graham head coach Glynn Carlock, Jr. “We were able to do what we needed to do. We had two quarters with 23 points apiece. If you can score 23 points two straight quarters, you’re doing something right.”

“We’re struggling right now,” said Narrows head coach Todd Lusk. “We’re trying to find our identity as a team. I’m trying different lineups, mixing, matching here and there, trying to find kids that want to play and ones that are going to keep a good attitude and get out there and play for me.”

Graham forced turnovers with its’ full-court pressure defense that made the Green Wave’s life difficult.

“For the first time this season we had a positive assist-to-turnover ratio for us,” Carlock, Jr. said. “Anytime you’ve got a positive assist-to-turnover ratio you’re going to win games.”

“They got on us 19-3 right there at the very beginning. We made a lot of turnovers early in the game,” We’ve got to slow down and we’ve got to quit panicking. We get into a trap and we panic and we just throw the ball up for grabs and we’re just not playing very smart basketball right now.”

Jason Palmer led the G-Men with 15 points and added six rebounds.

“He has to be able to show up every night and he’s been able to do that since he’s come back off this back injury,” Carlock, Jr. said. “We just tried to run all of our sets tonight and get some different looks out of our half-court sets.”

Scott Brewster added 12 points, Cole Sarver contributed 10 points and Jordan Bryan also snagged six boards.

No player scored in double digits for the Green Wave Friday night. Ryan Dunford was their leading scorer with just eight points.

In the opener, Roanoke Catholic put their talent on full display, running out to a 32-11 lead at the end of the first quarter before easing to a 97-62 victory. Like the G-Men after them, the Celtics forced an abundance of turnovers and turned them into points.

“We were just really trying to play defense and getting our legs back and doing the lilett things right,” said Roanoke Catholic head coach Joe Gaither. “I’m not so much concerned about the score as doing things fundamentally right.”

“We were definitely outmatched man-for-man,” said Giles head coach Mitch Reed. “However we didn’t play well. I attribute a lot of that to them. We made a lot of bad passes. We just didn’t do a lot of things that we’re capable of doing against a good team.”

Clarence Turpin made his first 10 field goals, finishing 11-for-14 from the field for 22 points to lead Roanoke Catholic.

“I thought he ran the offense well, played really good defense,” Gaither said. “He took the shots he had to take. I really liked his intensity on the defensive side, really came out very aggressive.”

Jamar Brown was the Celtics’ other big star of the evening, compiling a double double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.

“I thought he was solid tonight,” Gaither said. “He did some good things, rebounded exceptionally well and we expect that out of him. He’s just got to make some good decisions on the offensive side, take some good shots. But overall I thought it was a good effort from him.

King Jones led Giles with 14 points and seven rebounds. Jarrod Alls added 13 points and Wes Conley contributed 12.

Narrows (1-7) will face Giles (4-4) in today’s consolation game.

“Nothing will be better for us than to right the ship and get going in the right direction before the Christmas break and play good against them,” Lusk said. “But we’re just trying to look for some positive things to build on and try to get our season going in the right direction.”

Reed said he expected to see from his team, “Intensity, just taking care of the basketball and just playing the way we know how. We just came out really, really shocked at the speed of the game. We came out scared. That’s the bottom line.”

Graham (3-1) will take on Roanoke Catholic (8-1) for the championship.

Gaither said he wanted to see his team have, “Hopefully better transition, better ball movement, a little bit more intensity, just pick it up a little more on the defensive side. I’m always emphasizing our defense.”

“We’ve actually been able to see Roanoke Catholic twice,” Carlock, Jr. said. “We scouted them tonight. We also scouted them against Twin Valley. I don’t see how it can get more battle-tested for our guys. It’s going to make us good for after Christmas.”

GRAHAM (3-1)

Sam Dennah 1-4 0-0 2, Cole Sarver 4-12 2-2 10, Kyle Furrow 2-3 1-2 5, Scott Brewster 6-8 0-0 12, Ryan Stanley 1-3 0-0 2, David Marrs 1-7 0-0 3, Torren Byrd 1-1 0-0 2, Kyle Harris 3-6 3-4 9, A.J. Jeffers 1-1 0-0 2, Jason Palmer 5-8 5-7 15, Ryan Woodson 3-3 0-0 6, Jordan Bryan 2-7 0-0 5, Darius Carper 0-2 0-1 0. Totals 30-65 11-16 73.


Mark Martin 2-4 1-2 7, Corey Perdue 1-2 0-0 2, Tyler Wilson 1-5 0-0 2, Corey Lowe 0-3 1-2 1, Adam Morris 2-4 0-0 6, Ryan Dunford 3-7 1-2 8, Jon Martin 0-2 0-2 0, Jordan Green 2-3 0-0 4, Aaron Blankenship 1-3 1-2 3, Ben Thompson 1-6 3-4 5, Alex Taylor 2-4 2-3 6. Totals 15-43 9-17 44.

Graham…...................................23 23 18 9 -- 73

Narrows…....................................8 16 9 11 -- 44

3-Point Goals -- Graham 2-9 (Bryan 1-3, Marrs 1-3, Brewster 0-1, Dennah 0-1, Harris 0-1). Narrows 5-17 (M. Martin 2-3, Morris 2-4, Dunford 1-2, Blankenship 0-1, Perdue 0-1, J. Martin 0-2, Thompson 0-4). Rebounds -- Graham 37 (Bryan 6, Palmer 6). Narrows 21 (Taylor 5). Blocks -- Graham 0. Narrows 2 (Green 2). Turnovers -- Graham 18. Narrows 30.


Clarence Turpin 11-14 0-0 22, Eddie Smith 1-3 0-0 2, Steve Allman 5-10 0-0 11, Javante Brown 1-2 0-0 2, Archie Hickmin 2-4 0-2 4, Stefan Vulevic 6-9 0-0 15, Kalleone Moret 7-9 2-4 16, George Brooks 4-7 2-2 10, Jamar Brown 6-9 1-2 13, Nick Ollie 1-4 0-1 2. Totals 44-71 5-12 97.

GILES (4-4)

Travis Robertson 1-9 0-0 2, Jarrod Alls 3-8 7-7 13, Luke Jackson 3-6 0-2 6, Frankie Robertson 1-4 2-2 4, Andy Randel 3-7 0-0 7, King Jones 6-10 1-3 14, Wes Conley 4-7 3-4 12, Greg Ray 1-3 0-0 2, Chris Collins 1-3 0-0 2. Total 23-57 13-18 62.

Roanoke Catholic…................32 23 23 19 -- 97

Giles…......................................11 18 23 10 -- 62

3-Point Goals -- Roanoke Catholic 4-13 (Vuleric 3-5, Allman 1-4, Ollie 0-1, Turpin 0-1, Moret 0-2). Giles (Conley 1-2, Jones 1-2, Randel 1-3, Alls 0-1, Collins 0-1, Jackson 0-1, F. Robertson 0-2, T. Robertson 0-2). Rebounds -- Roanoke Catholic 28 (Brown 10). Giles 27 (Jones 7). Blocks -- Roanoke Catholic 3 (Brown 3). Giles 0. Turnovers -- Roanoke Catholic 16. Giles 30.

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