Record-setting players honored

PHILIPPI — It was a great night for basketball at Philip Barbour High School on Thursday, topped off with a home crowd-pleasing win over Grafton to go along with new records stamped in the books at the Colts’ Corral.

First quarter Big 10 Conference action included two monumental accomplishments for the home team. The game was halted twice by WVSSAC officials in cooperation with the scorer’s table signaling in the goal-reaching moments.

Philip Barbour senior guard Spencer Hudkins put in the first basket of the contest, while only needing 4 more points to reach 1,000 during a varsity career. With 3:07 left in the opening quarter, Hudkins was met at midcourt by teammates and friends to capture the moment as he reached the milestone.

With 1:21 to go in the first frame, junior David Shriver broke the single-season PBHS record for three-pointers made, of which he was only one away when entering the contest. Midcourt was once again a celebratory spot to acknowledge the achievement.

PB coach Marcus Johnson has been a student of the game of basketball since he was a kid, and brings a lot of knowledge to the sideline for the Colts.

He was very complimentary of both student athletes who contributed to the win over Grafton, and the efforts they’ve made to reach their goals.

“He (Hudkins) wasn’t even worried about it mid-way or at the end of the season. He did talk about it a little bit tonight, the boys were harassing him about it,” Johnson said. “He’s all about wanting to win, and he did talk about it before we dismissed the team after the game. He said, ‘It’s about getting over 20 wins, that’s our goal.’

“It’s a good victory for him. He’s been on some not-so-good teams, and he’s just continued to play and battle for us,” Johnson said.

Shriver shifted around the offensive set, and teammates helped set up the sharpshooter who nailed 4 three-pointers in the first half, while garnering 6 treys on the night.

“At one point tonight we were up by 10; next thing you know we’re up 17 because he (Shriver) hit a couple shots,” Johnson said. “We kind of went away from him, and other guys were scoring like they should.

“Then all the sudden he hit two or three big threes after we were stagnant on offense, that’s a big jumper. You don’t always have that type of threat on the roster, but that’s a big jumper when you have someone that can hit shots like that,” he said.

Philip Barbour will be at Berkeley Springs today, trying to put together a potential 4-0 week that started at North Marion on Tuesday.