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Colts hold off Tigers, 54-52

The Inter-Mountain photo by Joey Kittle Philip Barbour’s Jed Hawkins (1) battles Elkins’ Peyton Isner (12), Cory Harper and Mitchell Price (1) for a loose rebound on Wednesday night.

ELKINS — Philip Barbour survived a fourth-quarter scoring drought and late rally by Elkins to hang on for a 54-52 win Wednesday night in Big 10 Conference action at Richard P. Simmons Memorial Gymnasium.

The Colts, who never trailed after briefly falling behind early in the first quarter, led by 11 points, at 54-43, after a jumper by Josh Watson with just under six minutes left in regulation.

They never scored again, however, as the Tigers began to chip away at the lead.

A basket by Cory Harper made it 54-50 with a minute left, and two free throws from Mitchell Price with 31 seconds remaining made it a two-point game.

But Elkins misfired on two free throws with just five ticks left and after PB failed on two from the foul line with 2.1 remaining, a desperation heave off the miss from full court was not close.

Philip Barbour appeared to be in control after building a 48-35 cushion in the third quarter on Jesiah Matlick’s layup.

However, Harper gave the Tigers some momentum heading into the final canto after drilling a long 3-pointer as the third-quarter buzzer sounded to cut the lead to 48-38.

Josh Watson scored eight of his 11 points in the second half for the Colts, while frontcourt mate DeShawn Webster came off the bench to also net 11. Trenton Whited chipped in 10.

Mitchell Price had 15 points and Harper 12 for the Tigers, who are now 6-7 on the season.

Philip Barbour returns home Friday night to face Lewis County, while Elkins visits longtime rival Buckhannon-Upshur on the same evening.

Philip Barbour (3-7)

Jed Hawkins 2 0-3 4, Jesiah Matlick 2 2-2 6, Cody Cooper 3 0-1 8, Josh Watson 4 3-3 11, Trenton Whited 5 0-0 10, DeShawn Webster 5 1-3 11, Kaden Humphreys 1 0-0 2, Caden Hawkins 1 0-0 2. Totals 23 6-12 54

Elkins (6-7)

Mitchell Price 4 5-5 15, Austin Harris 1 0-0 3, Cory Harper 4 3-6 12, Peyton Isner 3 0-0 7, Jaydon Shreve 0 1-2 1, Malachi Watson 2 1-2 5, Luke Jackson 3 0-0 9. Totals 17 9-13 52

Philip Barbour 18 13 17 6 — 54

Elkins 12 15 11 14 — 52

3-point goals: PB 2 (Cooper 2), EHS 9 (Jackson 3, Price 2, Harris, Harper and Isner)

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