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It wasn't always pretty, but Grafton's boys basketball team did enough Monday evening to cruise past York 60-32 at home and enter winter break undefeated.
The game was out of hand from the opening tip as Grafton came out aggressively on offense and stuck to its frustrating pack-line defense that limits driving opportunities for opponents.
So effective was the defense, the Clippers held York scoreless for the first six minutes of the game. During that time, Grafton broke free on a 15-0 run to open the game.
After just eight minutes of play, the Clippers had opened up a double-digit lead over the Falcons.
The second quarter was more of the same as Grafton, behind the hot hand of Kiran Durant, was able to get open looks on offense seemingly at will.
Grafton opened the second quarter on a sizable run, mirroring the start of the first quarter. This time, the Clippers strung together an 11-0 run to open the quarter behind six points from Jacob Murillo.
Durant, who had a game-high 23 points, splashed 3-pointers in both of the first two quarters en route to giving the Clippers a 30-10 halftime advantage.
As good as Durant was over the first two quarters, he took over the game in the third quarter for Grafton.
Seemingly by design, Durant repeatedly found himself open along the perimeter and was able to either pull up for a jumper or drive the lane for contested layups. Durant scored 13 of Grafton's 18 third quarter points.
While the Clippers were rolling on offense, York got into somewhat of a rhythm on the other end of the court thanks to six third quarter points from Rayvon Patrick, who had a team-high 12 points for the Falcons.
With Grafton leading 48-23 heading into the fourth quarter, the Clippers were able to sub in reserve players and cruise to the finish line to maintain its perfect start to the season.
For Grafton Coach Jeremy Jordan, the winter break came at a perfect time for the Clippers.
"I think we're happy to be heading into Christmas break," he said. "I'm excited about Christmas break. It's an important time for us that has makes or breaks our season. We get back to fundamentals."
Grafton (9-0) will continue its season on the road against Grafton Jan. 6, while York (0-7) will host Smithfield Jan. 6 looking for its first win of the season.
York: 4 6 13 9 — 32
Grafton: 15 15 18 12 — 60
York: McFadden 2, Nanartowich 4, Kimrey 8, Bert 2, Patrick 12, Christian 2, Simmons 2
Grafton: King 11, Murillo 10, Alves 8, Durant 23, Izzard 4, Brown 2, Robinson 2
3-point goals: Grafton 7 (King 3, Durant 4)