Graford Athletic Director Ty Tabor said he was very proud of the Jackrabbits for making the final four at the regional tournament played at Abilene Christian University.
In Region II, Graford’s final place was regional runner-up.
“The boys had a very good season, they played with a lot of passion,” said Tabor. “They worked very hard and put time in being fundamental, and it showed throughout the season.
“The game we played against Water Valley was tough,” continued Tabor. “They were a group of senior-laden ballplayers and they were up for the game. We couldn’t seem to get our momentum going. The boys played their hearts out Friday night against Ira, and just didn’t have enough steam for the Saturday game.”
Friday night at ACU’s Moody Coliseum, the Jackrabbits beat the Ira Bulldogs 69-65 in double-overtime in the Class 1-A, Division II, regional semi-final game.
The Graford boys had a narrow 15-13 lead at the end of the first quarter, and, going into the half, the score was tied at 29.
In the third quarter, Graford added 11 points to Ira’s 15, but in the final frame those scores were reversed and they were tied at 55 apiece.
Each team scored seven points in the first overtime period to remain tied at 62.
In the second overtime period, the Jackrabbits pulled ahead, scoring seven to the Bulldogs’ three, giving them the final edge to win the game.
Luis Conde Fernandez led the boys scoring with 21 points; Lucas Simmons added 14; Quinten Tabor, 12; Paul Packheiser, eight; Tanner Hargrove, five; Petr Vopinka, four; Hunter Lewis, three; and Dylan Hart scored two points.
Saturday, the Jackrabbits suffered a 25-58 loss against the Water Valley Wildcats in the regional final game also played at ACU.