Tucker holds on to top Preston, 77-75

HAMBLETON — Preston County fought back from an 18-point deficit and mounted a furious comeback in the fourth quarter, but the Tucker County Mountain Lions held on to eke out a 77-75 home win Tuesday.

“We opened up a big lead in the first half, but we got into foul trouble late in the game,” Tucker coach Dave Helmick said. “We managed to hold on for the victory.”

The Mountain Lions led 26-8 after the first quarter, and held a 42-28 edge at halftime.

Tucker was still up by 13 after the third quarter, 54-41, but Preston County hit 6 three-pointers in the fourth Equarter to battle back.

“We had three starters on the bench in the fourth quarter with 4 fouls each,” Helmick said. “Preston really made it tough at the end.”

Tucker senior guard Kordell Fulton scored a career-high 29 points Tuesday, including 6 three-pointers. Fulton also grabbed 6 rebounds on the night.

Senior guard Ethan Crosten put up 20 points for the Mountain Lions, adding 5 steals and 5 assists.

Senior forward Josh Kincaid added 15 points and 6 rebounds for Tucker, while senior Jacob Cousins led the team with 11 rebounds on the night.

With the win, Tucker improves to 6-3 on the season. The Mountain Lions have won their last six games in a row.

Tucker will take to the road to play a make-up game with Keyser at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tucker will then host traditional rival Elkins at 7:30 p.m. Friday.