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South too much for Tigers, 63-33

Sylvia fires in 23 points to lead Pats in their opener

PARKERSBURG – Malaki Sylvia had 23 points as Parkersburg South defeated Elkins, 63-33, on Friday night.

The Tigers dropped to 0-2 with the setback and will return to action Wednesday at Preston for a Big 10 Conference encounter.

The Patriots are coached by Brett Rector, who played for Elkins head coach Amrit Rayfield at Davis & Elkins College.

Rector was making his coaching debut for Parkersburg South, which jumped out to a 17-5 lead after one quarter and carried a 37-14 advantage into the intermission.

The Patriots, who had 11 different players reach the scoring column, started the third quarter on a 12-0 run to open up a 35-point advantage and a 55-25 cushion entering the final frame.

Each team scored 11 points in the final frame.

“Turnovers hurt us tonight,” Rayfield said. “We just didn’t make good decisions with the ball.

“Once we start doing that, we should be pretty solid.”

Rayfield said playing tough Class AAA opponents to start the season — the Tigers lost to No. 5 Morgantown at home in their opener on Tuesday night — will help his young team in the long run.

“Playing the type of competition we are playing will only make us better,” he said. “We will learn from our mistakes and try to improve as the season goes along.”

Mitchell Price had nine points and Blake Harris eight for Elkins.

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