Tigers bow to Patriots

CHARLESTON – Jonathan Elmore ripped the Elkins defense for 30 points to lead Class AAA, No. 7 George Washington to a 73-58 victory Tuesday at the Charleston Civic Center.

The Tigers kept the score close in the first half, trailing 37-30 at the break. However, an eight-point fourth quarter wasn’t enough to keep up with the Patriots’ high-powered offense.

“It was a good game,” EHS assistant coach Brandon Simmons said. “We kept it close. They are a seasoned team and very well coached. Elmore is a great player, very solid. We had our chances, we just couldn’t execute at times. It was a good experience, playing in the Civic Center. We’re hoping for a big push during these upcoming games to get the boys clicking. We play eight away games in two weeks.”

Elmore nailed six 3-pointers and went 6 of 6 from the free-throw line. Senior Charles King scored 13 points and Charles Dean added 12 points.

Not to be outdone, Elkins sharpshooter Braden Hammond also hit six 3-pointers in the contest. Hammond paced the Tiger offense with 20 points. Logan Phillips added 16 points to inch closer to reaching the 1,000- point mark for his career.

Elkins (8-6) will travel to Philip Barbour at 7:30 p.m. today for a Big 10 Conference matchup.