Palestine started off the game in a man-to-man defense, which is what Grapeland’s offense is based on, but moved to a zone defense in the second quarter and held the Sandies to just three points, keeping the lead at just a 13-point margin at halftime.
Once Grapeland’s William Whitehead got going in the second half (he had just four points and two rebounds in the first half), he appeared to be unstoppable by Palestine defenders.
“Most people aren’t going to give him (Whitehead) credit for what he deserves,” Clifton said. “But he’s the reason that we’re firing on all cylinders this year. He’s been here since the beginning, and he’s done a great job. He does everything that our team doesn’t want to do. He cleans up all of our mess and gets the ball in the hole.
“He does great for us,” he added. “I love his hustle and his effort.”
Palestine’s next game is on Friday against Groesbeck at home as it opens district play. For Grapeland, it matches up against Leon on the road in its first district game.