Tigers knock off RCB

Elkins survives furious late rally to upend No. 7 Eagles, 65-61

The Inter-Mountain photo by Logan Comer Elkins High’s Elliot White prepares for a key defensive stand during the Tigers’ 65-61 win over No. 7 Robert C. Byrd on Thursday night.

ELKINS — Elkins survived a furious fourth-quarter rally by Class AA, No. 7 Robert C. Byrd on Thursday night to claim a 65-61 win at Richard P. Simmons Memorial Gymnasium.

In a battle of sectional and Big 10 Conference foes, the Tigers seemed in control after Blake Harris knocked down a 3-pointer with 6:00 remaining in regulation to give the hosts a 55-40 cushion.

But the Eagles (6-3) responded with a 15-0 surge to tie the game on a trey Bryson Lucas with under three minutes left.

A layup by Elliot White, however, put Elkins back on top for good. The senior guard then converted an old fashioned 3-point play to extend the margin to 60-55 with less than a minute showing on the game clock.

Another trey by Lucas brought RCB to within two points before Donovan Wiles answered with a layup and Brayden Davis scored a bucket to make it 64-58 with 11 ticks remaining.

Davis later knocked down a free throw with 1.7 seconds left to seal the deal.

“It was a great win for us,” EHS coach Amrit Rayfield said. “For the most part, four of our five seniors were on the court the entire second half and their leadership was crucial for us.

“Those (seniors) just want to win, and they showed that tonight, especially when RCB was able to tie things up.”

Rayfield, whose team was coming off a 95-56 loss to No. 2 Fairmont Senior on Tuesday, was pleased with how his team bounced back.

“We came out early not taking care of the ball and again late in the game when (RCB) made their run,” Rayfield said. “But we didn’t panic and made the plays down the stretch to get the win.”

Trailing 30-28 at the intermission, the Tigers came out the break on an 8-0 run and never trailed again on the night.

The game was tied at 38-38 when White answered with a trey and a layup to give Elkins a five-point edge.

The Tigers carried a 48-40 advantage into the final quarter.

“Different guys stepped up for tonight, along with the seniors,” Rayfield said. “Blake hit a couple of big (3-pointers) and Brayden had that big basket and free throw in the fourth quarter.

“It was just a great overall team effort for us.”

Wiles, coming off a 30-point effort against Fairmont Senior, led the Tigers once again with 20 points. White followed with 17 and Davis added nine.

Gavin Kennedy paced RCB with 22 points. Khori Miles netted 19 and Lucas had 14, including three 3-pointers during the fourth-quarter rally.

Elkins (6-4) will remain home at 7:30 p.m. Saturday to face Tygarts Valley.

The Eagles return to action at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at home against Bridgeport for a Big 10 encounter.

Robert C. Byrd (6-3)

Khori Miles 9 1-2 19, Gavin Kennedy 8 5-6 22, Bryson Lucas 5 0-0 14, Blake Meighen 1 0-0 3, Tanner Kennedy 1 1-1 3, Logan Parsons 0 0-0 0, Tommy Hawkins 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 7-9 61

Elkins (6-4)

Donovan Wiles 8 3-5 20, Elliot White 7 1-3 17, Read Schumacher 2 0-0 4, Blake Harris 2 0-0 6, Matthew Gainer 2 1-4 5, Brayden Davis 4 1-2 9, Mason Kimbleton 1 0-0 2, Alex Pritt 1 0-2 2. Totals 27 6-16 65

Robert C. Byrd 13 17 10 21 — 61

Elkins 13 15 20 17 — 65

3-point goals: RCB 6 (Lucas 4, G. Kennedy and Meighen), EHS 5 (White and Harris 2, Wiles