Posted On: 01/6/19 1:13 PM

Last year, it took a fourth try before Grant could upend Jefferson. This year, the Generals got it done in round one. In a back-and-forth game whose lore will join the other epic battle stories between these two PIL foes, Grant used pinpoint passing, timely shooting, and a whole lot of Aaron Deloney to win the first matchup between the rivals this season, 83-82.

"Most people - they have been saying our team was better last year and we had a better chance of beating (Jefferson) in the first game last year," Deloney said. "Most people thought we would lose this game - I heard it first. So it feels good."

The game didn't look as if it would be a battle at the outset. Jefferson raced to a 22-12 first quarter lead, hitting their jumpers and utilizing their size advantage by pounding the ball inside. But Grant stayed the course and exploded for a 31-point second quarter to take a lead, and staved off every Jefferson comeback in the second half for the win. Deloney led the way with 30 points and eight assists while Ty Rankin added 17 points and 11 rebounds. Marcus Tsohonis led Jefferson with 25

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