Guy Ellis

The Grove Ridgerunners basketball team finished out their 09 NEO Tournament Boys Gold round robin bracket with a 53-46 loss to Miami Saturday night at the NEO Field House.

Senior Trent Winters led the GHS scorers with 11 points. Chris Graham scored eight, Tyler Spychalski seven, with Ryan Miller rounding out the top scorers with six.

Consecutive three-point field goals for GHS courtesy of Graham and Winters in the early minutes of the fourth quarter saw a Wardog lead cut to four, 39-35.

Miami responded and by the final minute of the game had stretched their lead to 52-41.

With 34 seconds left GHS senior Reid Harding made a conventional three point play that, followed by a bucket from Graham, brought the Ridgerunners to within six, 52-46.

But Miami rode out the final 22 seconds including two trips to the charity stripe where they made the final point of the contest.

The Ridgerunners will return home Tuesday for Verdigris Valley Conference play with the Jay Bulldogs.