PB Colts gallop past EHS Tigers

The Inter-Mountain photos by Tony Baisi PB senior Noah Price gets lose on a fast break Monday, before Elkins defenders Tyler Monk (25) and Donovan Wiles (1) converge to stop the play and send Price to the line instead.

PHILIPPI — Philip Barbour senior Cole Whited collected 17 first-half points put into the south end bucket at the Colts’ Corral Monday, helping Class AA No. 6 PB take an 81-51 win over Elkins in Big 10 Conference action.

Whited finished the contest with a double-double, racking up 21 points and 13 rebounds for the hosts.

“Since the second half of the Grafton game, we’ve changed our defense up,” PBHS coach Marcus Johnson said. “That was the key again tonight. We’re just trying to get them to play team defense, and the last few games they’ve played pretty good.

“I don’t know what we’re averaging the last three games, but we’re averaging a lot of points,” Johnson said. “The emphasis tonight was to play good defense, and we jumped on them early. The defense continued to give us good looks again, and we are getting some quality minutes from our bench, too.”

The Tigers trimmed things a little in the second quarter to recover from a 20-7 deficit in the first, and trailed 38-21 at halftime. Elkins only lost the third period by 5 points, but the writing continued to be on the wall for the Colts’ road to victory.

Elliot White surveys the entry pass options for the Tigers as Noah Matlick defends for the Colts Monday during Big 10 Conference action.

David Shriver hit a near last-second three-pointer to close out the first half. Picking out three more from behind the arc in the second half, he finished with 21 points.

Mason Campbell played early and often for the Colts, and nabbed 9 in the scoring column for PB. Kiyan Bartlett with 6, and Noah Price with 5 put ink in the rebounds counts.

Donovan Wiles cashed in with 2 threes on his way to 15 points for Elkins. Elliot White made 13 for the orange and black, and Ean Winans also canned a pair of treys on his way to 8 points. Read Schumacher rounded out the EHS scoring with 6 points.

“Our boys play hard buzzer to buzzer,” EHS coach Brandon Simmons said. “If you take away some points we gave up early, and that three there at the end of the half, it could have been a different result.”

The Colts will take their 15-2 record on the road today, while looking for a ninth consecutive win when landing in Mineral County for a sectional-foe battle against the Frankfort Falcons, who posess a current record of 11-5.

Elkins will be back at home with a 9-9 resume Wednesday when playing host to 10-8 Tucker County. Varsity tip time is slated for 7:30 p.m. in the Jungle; JV matters will open the gym at 5:45 p.m.