Seniors lead Tigers past Bucs, 65-44

ELKINS – After being honored in pregame ceremonies, Elkins’ senior players capped off an emotional evening by leading the way in a 65-44 victory over rival Buckhannon-Upshur Friday night in front of packed Richard P. Simmons Memorial Gymnasium.

The Tigers (8-4, 6-3 Big 10) were led in scoring by a trio of seniors. Logan Phillips fired in 27 points, followed by Colby Gainer and Tyler Shreve with 10 each.

Elkins led by just three points at the intermission before taking control in the third quarter, outscoring the Bucs 21-7.

The largest lead came at game’s end.

Dillion Gaudet and Cody Garrett each had 10 point for the Bucs (4-7, 1-5).

“We looked really good at times and we looked really bad at times,” Tigers coach John Lawson said. “We came out really jacked up. It was senior night and we had a really great crowd. Before the game we talked about not getting too jacked up, but they were anyway. We didn’t play well in the first half and we turned the ball over a few times. We settled in the second half and started doing the things we like to do. We wore them down and got into a rhythm.”

“If we can start getting some games under our belt, I think we will start to come together and play really well.”

Elkins will host Lewis County at 7:30 p.m. Monday for a key Big 10 contest, while B-U will visit Preston on the same evening.