PIQUA — For the second straight night, the Graham boys basketball team came from behind in the closing minutes, this time in the championship game of the Piqua Holiday Tournament.
Following a 45-43 win over Troy Christian Wednesday, the Falcons recorded a 57-55 win over Piqua in the championship game Thursday night.
Graham improved to 5-3 with the win and Piqua dropped to 4-1 with the loss.
A putback and a free throw by Colton Beougher had given Piqua a 50-46 lead with almost six minutes remaining in the game, but Graham would score the next five points and never give up the lead.
Zack Vanscoy hit three of four free throws and Eric Goddard scored off an Eli Hollingsworth assist to give Graham a 51-50 lead with 3:26 remaining.
Hollingsworth scored to make it 53-50, before Tanner Kemp answered with a basket to cut the Graham lead to 53-52.
The Falcons then ran more than a minute off the clock before Vanscoy made two free throws with 56.6 seconds to go to make it 55-52.
Dre’Sean Roberts scored with 34.9 seconds to go to get the Indians within 55-54.
After Graham missed a free throw with 30.5 seconds to go an missed the putback after getting an offensive rebound, Piqua came down the floor, but was called for a charging foul.
Graham’s Bode McGuire was fouled with 20.8 seconds to go and hit both free throws to make it 57-54.
Piqua came down the floor, but lost the ball and a jump ball gave possession to Graham.
Ben Sells hit two free throws with four seconds to go to make it 59-54, before Dre’Sean Roberts made a 3-point shot from midcourt at the final buzzer.
Piqua had jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the game and led 13-12, 30-26 and 42-41 at the quarter breaks.
Kemp had 13 points for the Indians and Dre’Sean Roberts had 12 points, five rebounds, five steals and three assists.
Bryson Roberts had 12 points and four assists and Beougher added seven points and five rebounds.
Anson Cox had six points and Josh Crusey pulled down five rebounds.
Sells and Vanscoy each had 18 points for Graham.
McGuire had 12 points and five rebounds and Goddard scored seven points.
Piqua was 25 of 44 from the floor for 57 percent and four of seven from the line for 57 percent.
Graham was 20 of 45 from the floor for 44 percent and 15 of 20 from the line for 75 percent.
The Indians won the battle of the boards 26-15, but had 16 turnovers to Graham’s six.
Troy Chr. 64
In the consolation game, Troy Christian improved to 8-1 on the season with a 64-32 win over Fairlawn.
After a slow start, the Eagles pulled away in the second and third quarters.
Troy Christian led just 14-11 after one quarter, but increased it to 38-24 at halftime and 56-28 after three quarters.
Noah King had eight points in the second quarter and eight more in the third quarter to spark the Eagles.
King led Troy Christian 18 points and seven rebounds.
Parker Penrod scored nine points, all on 3-pointers in the opening half and added five assists.
Isaiah Martin scored seven points, Alex Free had six points, five rebounds and three steals, Lucas Day had six points and four assists, Frank Rupnik scored six points and Connor Frye had three steals.