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Kaylor’s best: His top 5 boys basketball players and MAHS game he witnessed

By Jason Maddux

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Posted 11/6/19

Robert A. Kaylor Jr.’s says his all-time favorite sport is basketball.

“I haven’t missed a home game since 1958,” he said.

He has seen hundreds and hundreds of …

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Kaylor’s best: His top 5 boys basketball players and MAHS game he witnessed

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Robert A. Kaylor Jr.’s says his all-time favorite sport is basketball.

“I haven’t missed a home game since 1958,” he said.

He has seen hundreds and hundreds of basketball players during the last 50 years. Here are his top five Middletown boys players.

• Dave Twardzik, Class of 1968. “He was far ahead of anybody I’ve ever seen play.” Twardzik was the starting point guard on the 1968 MAHS team that won the Class B state championship. He was a Division II All-American at Old Dominion University, and then a member of the Portland Trailblazers team that won the NBA championship in 1977, along with superstar center Bill Walton. The Trailblazers retired Twardzik’s No. 13 jersey. He later became an executive for several NBA teams. In late 2013, Twardzik returned to Old Dominion to do color commentary for the radio broadcasting team.

• Dave Grabuloff, Class of 1993. Grabuloff is the all-time leading scorer for boys or girls in Middletown history. He scored 2,000 points in the 1990s and went on to play at Florida State and William & Mary, averaging 6.9 points in his college career. Kaylor has a vivid memory of how Grabuloff got to the 2,000-point plateau in his final game, a tournament loss to Lake Lehman at Martz Hall in Pottsville. A Lake Lehman player was fouled with three seconds on the clock. He missed his second free throw. Grabuloff grabbed the rebound near the foul line, turned around and executed a “two-hand set shot” from about 85 feet away. Time expired and the ball went through.

• Henry Brown, Class of 1966.

• Terry Martin, Class of 1992.

• Ryan Hughes, Class of 2017. Hughes is heading into his sophomore season at Ursinus College. He played in 26 games as a freshman, averaging 9.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. He averaged 21.6 points per game as a Raider senior and was named to the Class 4A Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State Boys Basketball second team. He closed out his scholastic career with 1,838 total points, according to statistics from MAHS, second on the all-time scoring record at Middletown.

He said his sixth best boys player is a tie “with about 20 people.”

The best game was the state championship on March 23, 1968, which Middletown won 78-48.

Twardzik fouled out of the game in the first half on five offensive fouls.

“He was so far ahead of the rest of the people in that game that the officials didn’t know how to call fouls on him,” Kaylor said.

He said he has always had a very good memory.

“I can tell you scores of games from back when I started going to games as a fourth-grader,” he said. “Everything I’m telling you, I can remember like it was yesterday.”