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Top-seed Man pulls away from Tucker County

Photo by Marcus Constantino / West Virginia Press Association Tucker County’s Zack Colebank (42) goes up for a shot against Man Tuesday evening in Class A quarterfinal play at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center.

CHARLESTON — Eighth-seed Tucker County stayed within striking distance of Man through two quarters on Tuesday evening.

But the top-seeded Hillbillies embarked on a 22-1 run to start the second half en route to a 74-34 win in Class A quarterfinal action inside the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center.

The Mountain Lions trailed 14-10 after the first quarter and opened the scoring in the second frame on a pair of free throws from Zack Colebank to get within two points.

Man briefly took a double-digit lead before freshman Ashton Lycliter and Colebank scored inside to cut the deficit to 24-18 with 3:30 left in the first half.

The Hillbillies, who led 32-20 at the half, dominated the third quarter, however, outscoring Tucker County, 32-7.

Trenton Wilfong’s free throw cut the deficit to 32-21 but a 3-pointer by Peyton Adams on the other end started the third-quarter run by Man, which ended on Christian Toler’s layup to make it 54-21 with 3:23 left in the quarter.

“We came out flat (to start the second half) and didn’t make any shots,” Tucker County coach Daniel Helmick said. “In the first half, we got the shots we wanted. But we came out in the second half and didn’t seem to play as hard, which was disappointing.”

The Mountain Lions held a 53-45 rebounding edge but shot just 18 percent from the floor and committed 27 turnovers.

Colebank, one of three seniors for Tucker County, had 16 points and eight rebounds. Lycliter added 10 points and seven boards and Gus Mullennex seven caroms.

Austin Ball, a 6-foot-7 junior center tossed in 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the winners and went over 1,000 points for his career in the process. He also had three blocks and three steals.

Toler followed with 15 points off the bench, Adams chipped in 11 points and six assists and Jackson Tackett contributed 10 points.

The Mountain Lions, who also lose Mullennex and Taylor Long to graduation, finished the season 12-6.

Man (14-2) advances to face No. 4 Webster County at 7:15 p.m. Thursday in semifinal play. The Highlanders defeated Clay-Battelle in Tuesday’s late game.

Tucker County (12-6)

Gus Mullennex 1 0-0 2, Ashton Lycliter 3 4-4 10, Trenton Wilfong 0 3-4 3, Zack Colebank 6 4-9 16, Dom Mullenax 0 1-2 1, Blake Anderson 0 2-2 2, Maddox Anderson 0 0-0 0, Taylor Long 0 0-0 0, Daniel Bennett 0 0-0 0, Harper Russell 0 0-0 0, Aaron Quattro 0 0-0 0, Zach Long 0 0-0 0, Rory Nestor 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 14-21 34

Man (14-2)

Peyton Adams 3 4-5 11, Jeremiah Harless 1 0-0 2, Ryan Cozart 1 1-2 3, Christian Toler 6 1-1 15, Austin Ball 11 5-5 27, Jackson Tackett 3 4-5 10, Jacob Walls 1 0-0 2, Caleb Blevins 1 0-0 3, Justin Grimmett 0 1-2 1, Israel Canterbury 0 0-0 0, Jordan Adams 0 0-0 0, Colton Miller 0 0-0 0, James Scites 0 0-0 0, Andrew Cozart 0 0-0 0, Hunter Anderson 0 0-0 0. Totals 27 16-24 74

Tucker County 10 10 7 7 — 34

Man 14 18 32 10 — 74

3-point goals: Man 4 (Toler 2, P. Adams and Blevins)

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