Elkins downed by RCB, 59-40

CLARKSBURG — Elliot White was the game’s leading scorer Friday, but it wasn’t enough to lift the Elkins Tigers past Robert C. Byrd in boys varsity basketball. The Eagles won the Big 10 Conference matchup, 59-40.

“We came out and had a tough time scoring the ball in the first half,” EHS coach Brandon Simmons said. “I didn’t think we were playing very good team basketball in the first half, at all. We were trying to force a lot. We wasn’t really running our stuff well. RCB played an aggressive defense and that got us out of what we were trying to do. We just didn’t really play very solid basketball in the first half. We only put up 17 points. That’s been a recurring theme for the past couple of games. We haven’t had very good first halves and we’ve been digging out of a hole in the second half. We came out and played a lot more aggressive in the third quarter and cut the lead to four at one point. After that, they kinda ran away with it.

“Where they hurt us was the transition game. They got a lot of easy buckets. All I’ve heard from other coaches is how well they shoot the three ball, well they only hit one three pointer tonight. They hurt us in other areas, the transition and in the paint,” Simmons added.

White set the pace for the Tigers with 20 points. Other EHS players recording ink in the stat book included Donovan Wiles, 8 points, Tyler Monk, 7 points, Matthew Gainer, 3 points, and Luke Swecker and Read Schumacher, 1 point each.

The RCB players reached double digits in scoring. Khori Miles led the pack with 19 points, while Tre Junkins and Brice Roseborough contributed 11 points each.

Poor shooting spelled doom for Elkins, as the Eagles jumped out to a 28-17 advantage at halftime. Although both teams played to an even 12-12 third period, RBC erupted for a 19-11 fourth stanza to seal the victory.

The Tigers (7-5) return to action on Wednesday, when the Grafton Bearcats visit for a Big 10 Conference Matchup. Junior varsity action tips off at 5:45 p.m. and the varsity contest is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.