Mineral Wells Index
By CLINT FOSTER
CLYDE – The Graford Jackrabbits (25-3) continued their destruction tour through the Class 1A Division 2 playoffs with a dominant 57-29 win over the Trent Gorillas in their regional quarterfinal game, Tuesday night, in Clyde.
With the win, the Jackrabbits stamped their tickets to a regional semifinal matchup with the Ira Bulldogs at Abilene Christian University, 7 p.m., Friday.
Ultimately, Trent was simply overmatched and could not handle the strength of Graford's many quality post players.
"Trent played hard, but they had a difficult time defending our size once we started getting the ball inside," head coach Ty Tabor said.
As usual, Graford's scoring was balanced across their talented roster. Junior Lucas Simmons led the Jackrabbits with a game-high 13 points followed closely by junior forward Petr Vopinka of the Czech Republic, who scored 12. Third in scoring was junior Quinten Tabor with 11 points.
As much success as the Jackrabbits had in the paint, they were almost just as lethal from the perimeter with four different players raining five three-pointers. Tanner Hargrove led the three-point scoring with two, while Simmons, Tabor and Luis Conde Fernandez each scored once from downtown.
Like the Jackrabbits, Ira won its district with an undefeated record and enjoyed a bye in the first round of this year's postseason. The Bulldogs are fresh off of a 66-62 win over Garden City in the regional quarterfinals, which was preceded by a forceful 65-37 victory over Zephyr.
Ira and Graford have no recent history with each other in boys basketball over the past few years.