Grapeland Defeats Lovelady, 78-56

By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

 GRAPELAND – The Grapeland Sandies are the nine-time defending champs of their basketball district (currently 20-AA) and played like it on Tuesday, Jan. 30.

The Sandies welcomed the Lovelady Lions to town for a league match-up and took the roar out of the Lions with a 33 point second quarter as a part of the 78-56 Grapeland win over Lovelady.

Grapeland came out of the locker room and torched Lovelady in the first half to effectively put the game out of reach. The Sandies held the Lions to seven first quarter points on five from Michael Price and a pair of free throws from Jay Thomas Robinson.

The Sandies spread their point production out as Tyrin Wiley had five, Javion Joseph dropped in four, Keizion Ashford and  Deco Bryant both had three, Rick Frauenberger had two from inside and BJ Howard made one of two from the charity stripe to close out the quarter with Grapeland ahead 18-7.

While the Lions were trying to find an answer to the Sandies offense, the home team shifted into

Deco Bryant

overdrive and poured in 33 points during the second quarter. Joseph led the way with nine points while Frauenberger had six. Bryant and Howard added five apiece, Wiley and Keriaun Davis both hit from behind the arc and Ashford chipped in two.

Lovelady, meanwhile, was only able to score eight in the quarter which made the halftime score 51-15. The Lions were led by price with five, J. Robinson with two and Colt Robinson with one.

Following the intermission, Grapeland downshifted to a slower tempo, ball control type of game. Deco Bryant paced the Sandies with five third quarter points while Frauenberger continued his steady play in the post with four. Howard knocked down his second three-pointer of the game while Joseph and Josh Ackley both added two.

The Lions points came from Price with six, Alex McKnight with three, both Deontrae Hawkins and Taylor Womack with two and Logan Lowery with one which made the score 67-29 after three quarters of play.

With nearly a 40-point lead, the Sandies slowed the offensive tempo to a crawl with only 11 points in the quarter. Ashford netted six and Bryant had five as Grapeland coasted to a 78-56 win over Lovelady.

For the game, the Lions were led by Michael Price with a game-high 21 points. Jay Thomas Robinson dropped in 11 and Seth Murray had eight. Other Lovelady scorers included: Colt Robinson with six; Deontrae Hawkins with four; Alex McKnight with three; Taylor Womack with two; and Logan Lowery with one.

The Sandies had four players in double figures and were led in scoring by Deco Bryant with 18 points. Javion Joseph netted 15, Rick Frauenberger worked inside for 12 and Keizion Ashford had 11.

Other scorers for the Sandies included: BJ Howard with nine; Tyrin Wiley with eight; Keriaun Davis with three and Josh Ackley with two.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.