Indians race past Tigers

ELKINS – Bridgeport extinguished an early Elkins lead in explosive fashion in racing to a 74-54 Big 10 Conference victory Friday night at Richard P. Simmons Memorial Gymnasium.

After the Tigers used treys from Braden Hammond and Logan Phillips, along with a jumper by Colby Gainer to build an early 8-2 lead, the Indians went on a game-deciding 26-0 run that stretched into the second quarter to put the game out of reach.

The lead was 48-18 at halftime.

“We came out sluggish and they weren’t,” Elkins coach John Lawson said. “We got off to a good start during the first couple of minutes but to their credit, they upped the tempo and played fast. They pushed the ball up the floor all 94 feet and we had a hard time keeping up with them because of their speed.”

John Wilfong poured in 22 points to lead four teammates in double figures for Bridgeport (9-3). Chase Robey added 13, Hunter Haddix 12 and Dante Bonamico 10.

Logan Phillips scored 18 of his game-high 23 points in the second half to pace the Tigers (7-3).

“We got after them in the second half, but it wasn’t enough,” Lawson said. “They have a really nice team. You’ve got to play a complete game to beat them and we didn’t tonight.”

Elkins will return to action at 7:30 p.m. Monday at North Marion for another Big 10 game.

The Indians are slated to visit Grafton at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday for their next contest.