It wasn’t a blowaway and the outcome was kept at bay until the final seconds ticked off the clock but in the end, it was Graceville ending Paxton’s season with a 51-48 win in the Tiger gym. Their 21-5 record improved to 22-5 under first year head coach Justin Miles. Miles who returned to his alma mater this year as head coach was surrounded by his family following the game, including his expectant wife who is scheduled to deliver a baby girl this week. When Miles was asked if it was in the cards for her to wait until after Tuesday’s game, he had a quick reply, “For sure.”
The first quarter was quite dismal for the home Tigers with only six points going on the scoreboard to Paxton’s 14 points. Graceville turned things up a notch in the second quarter, taking a 12-11 lead over Paxton and narrowed the lead to 25-18 lead at the half.
The two teams took the court after the halftime break and knotted it up at 13 points each. Graceville had eight minutes to rally from 38-31 down. With a pep talk at the quarter break, the Tigers took the court with a different look for the final quarter and it showed on the scoreboard. C J Smith put up eight points with Derrick White right on his heels with seven points in route to a 20-10 fourth quarter lead and a change to move on to semi-regionals.
Graceville was led in scoring by C J Smith with 20 points, followed by Derrick White with 12 points. On board with eight points was Thomas Broxton.
Graceville will host Laurel Hill Tuesday at 7 p.m. All fans and supporters are encouraged to pack the gym and be the sixth man on the court for the Tigers.