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Braves win one, lose two in Florida

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By Wade Holland

Over the Christmas break, the Grant County Braves traveled to Coral Springs, Florida, to participate in the Kruel Holiday Classic.

During the road trip, the Braves put together what is likely their most impressive three-game stretch of the young season against a trio of teams that would almost surely rank among the best in Kentucky.
And while the Braves won only one of the three road games, that does not take away from how well the team played and the improvements that continue to be made under first-year head coach Brandon Grammer.

“We played excellent. I was very pleased,” said Grammer. “We were able to put things together defensively and played real well against three very good teams.”
Grant County opened against Zion Lutheran High (Fla.) and more than held its own in a 79-69 loss. The Braves continued to impress in a 62-48 win over Salem (Ga.) before falling 57-47 against North Broward Prep (Fla).

“Playing in a tournament like this gives us a chance to see some high caliber teams and players,” said Grammer. “Not that we don’t see that night in and night out in the state of Kentucky, but we don’t see the kind of athleticism that you see when you play teams from Florida. That was a really good benefit to us.”

Zion Luthern 79, Grant Co. 69
Jordan Saylor had 24 points to lead Grant County while Aaron Hicks added 20. Seth Adkins also hit double digits with 13 points for the Braves.
Austin Johnson addedfive points, followed by Cody Kellam with three and Luke O’Nan and Cameron Burk with two each.
Zion Luthern, one of the top teams in its region, has already won 10 games in the first month of the season.

Grant Co. 62,
Salem 48
The Braves jumped on top early and continually added to its lead as the game went on against the athletic Seminoles from Conyers, Georgia.
Aaron Hicks paced the Braves with a game-high 17 points, followed closely by Seth Adkins with 16.
Jordan Saylor gave Grant County another player in double digits with 10.
Austin Johnson added seven to the Braves’ total, followed by Austin Schneider with six, Luke O’Nan with four, and Cody Kellam with two to round out the scoring.

N. Broward 57, Grant Co. 47
Aaron Hicks continued his superb play with 28 points for the Braves, but it wasn’t enough as North Broward Prep prevailed.
Only four players were able to put points on the board for Grant County with Jordan Saylor being the only player other than Hicks to reach double digits.
Seth Adkins added six points for the Braves, and Jordan Rose rounded out the scoring with three.