MAKING HIS POINT
PHILIPPI – It was only a matter of time before Logan Phillips would join an elite group of players in Elkins High School basketball history.
Needing 20 points entering Wednesday’s Big 10 Conference matchup against Philip Barbour to reach 1,000 points for his career, the senior forward finished with 21 in the Tigers’ 75-69 victory.
With 5:30 left in the fourth quarter, Phillips scored on a one-handed layup to become the ninth player in school history to reach the milestone.
“It’s an awesome feeling,” Phillips said.
“This is something I thought about before the season and I was glad I was able to get (1,000 career points).”
Phillips had several chances to hit the mark in the second half, but like any good team player, passed up a shot to find the open teammate, which on many instances was fellow senior Colby Gainer, who also had 21 points on the night.
“It’s quite an honor,” Tigers coach John Lawson said of Phillips’ efforts. “Elkins has been playing basketball for over 100 years and only nine players have surpassed 1,000 points.
“Like I told the kids in the locker room, nobody scores 1,000 points by themselves. It’s an honor for the whole team. He’s worked very hard to become a good player. Nobody deserves it more. I’m really happy for him.”
The Colts, meanwhile, put themselves in position to ruin Phillips’ evening with a scrappy effort led by the 3-point shooting of Kamian Bartlett, who knocked in 18 points on the night.
Trailing 57-51 after three quarters, Philip Barbour used one of Bartlett’s six treys on the night to get within 61-60 with 5 minutes left in regulation.
But an inside basket by Gainer, followed by a key 3-pointer from Hammond allowed the Tigers to rebuild a six-point edge.
The Colts came no closer than three points the remainder of the game, however, as Hammond and Kollin Hopwood each hit two free throws inside of one minute left in regulation, while Gainer added another to seal the win.
Hammond also reached double figures with 13 points.
“We struggled all night on defense,” Lawson said. “The guys did a good job of finding a way to win. They finished strong. Offensively, we played good. We moved the ball around well. We got it where we wanted it and found a way to win.”
Trevor Matko added 16 points and Joey Anglin had a strong effort in the second half for Philip Barbour, finishing with 12 points.
Elkins (9-6) will return to action at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Buckhannon-Upshur, while the Colts (4-13) will visit North Marion on the same evening.