Hudkins reaches 1,000 points in PBHS victory over Grafton

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PHILIPPI — During a game full of back and forth action, the Philip Barbour Colts extended their winning streak to 10 games in row by defeating Grafton High School 89-75 in a Big 10 rivalry clash on Thursday.

Five different players for the Class AA No. 6 Colts reached double figures in front of a packed house, mixing in three double-doubles to go along with two school records being broken. PBHS improved to 17-3 after winning their third Big 10 contest in less than 72 hours.

“On the offensive side we defended home court well. On the defensive side, we didn’t defend it as well as we wanted to,” PB coach Marcus Johnson said. “They (Grafton) hit a lot of shots, several threes (12) and they shot well.

“Our legs could be tired, there’s a bunch of different things that could factor in on that. The thing is we came out with a win, that was a big thing. To our standards, we don’t think we played very well. We still scored 89 points, and a win is a win no matter how you get it,” Johnson said.

First quarter scoring ended with PBHS out in front, 24-17. The Colts started the second with an 8-3 run, before the Bearcats battled back with a streak of 9-2 over the hosts. David Shriver doused Grafton’s fire somewhat, dropping in his third three-pointer of the first half.

After only losing the second quarter by two points, GHS trailed 43-34 at the half. PB tossed out a 21-13 win in the third. Grafton kept their shooting hot from behind the arc by winning the final frame 28-25, though to no avail.

Shriver finished with a game-high 23 points, making 6 total three-pointers, and picking up 7 rebounds. Austin Upton nabbed a double-double with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists.

Noah Price patrolled the paint to fill up the columns with 19 points and 16 boards. Cole Whited recorded 13 rebounds, 10 points and 3 steals. Spencer Hudkins scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.

Philip Barbour (17-13) will be back in action again today at Berkeley Springs High School for a sectional tilt against the 6-13 hosting Indians at approximately 7:30 p.m.

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