The host Grandview Heights High School boys basketball team picked up its sixth consecutive victory Tuesday, beating Hartley 51-38 in the final of the Bobcat Holiday Classic.

The host Grandview Heights High School boys basketball team picked up its sixth consecutive victory Tuesday, beating Hartley 51-38 in the final of the Bobcat Holiday Classic.

The Bobcats, who beat Northridge 69-49 on Monday to advance to the final, closed the game on a 13-4 run over the final six minutes. Despite the emphatic fourth quarter, Grandview coach Ray Corbett said this was one of the
toughest tests yet for his team.

"That was sort of a throwback kind of game that we used to have around here, where it was a possession-type game," Corbett said. "Give Hartley credit. They were able to grab control of the tempo, slow things down and make us play their style. That's what good guard play will do."

Grandview improved to 6-1 overall and Hartley dropped to 2-4.

The Bobcats took advantage of some sloppy play by Hartley early, building a 13-2 lead with 2:56 left in the first quarter. The Hawks closed the gap to 22-19 midway through the second quarter and trailed just 27-22 at
halftime.

After a fairly even third quarter, guard Steve Williams hit a 3-pointer early in the fourth to cut the Grandview advantage to 38-34, but Hartley got no closer. Hartley took several 3-point attempts down the stretch, hitting just one, and Grandview pulled away at the free-throw line.

For Grandview, guard Dan Tyler and forward Bryan Riggs scored 12 points and guards Jonathan Ray and David Geygan had nine. Forward Morgan Cornwell led Hartley with nine points.