Billies take down Pirates in WVHIT
by Jerry Fekete
MAN — The Man High School boys’ basketball team took the rubber match with the Fayetteville Pirates with Thursday night’s 56-46 win by the Hillbillies in the West Virginia Hometown Invitational Tournament at the Man Memorial Fieldhouse.
Man (5-14), now 1-2 in the WVHIT, was scheduled to complete tourney play on Saturday at Summersville against Doddridge County.
The Billies went 2-1 this season against Fayetteville. The Pirates won 63-61 over Man at home on Jan. 5. Then one week later at Man on Jan. 12, the Billies won 69-47.
Man trailed Fayetteville 12-10 after one quarter and 28-22 at halftime before taking control in the final two periods. Man outscored the Pirates 16-6 in the third to grab a 38-34 lead. A 18-12 advantage by the Hillbillies in the fourth quarter then put the game away.
The Billlies were led in scoring by freshman John Thomas Keffer, who netted 19 points and dished out five assists.
Jake Adkins tallied 15 points and eight rebounds, while Cayce Mullins just missed a double-double with nine points and 16 boards.
Mikle Scott Rowe chipped in with five points. Kenny Joe Adkins had four points and 10 rebounds, while Gage Harvey and Chris Justice had two points apiece.
Aaron Krise led Fayetteville with 17 points. Tyler McVey had nine, Zach Simple seven, L.J. White six and Will Dooley five.
Up by two points after one period of play, the Pirates went on an 8-0 run to start the second as Fayetteville led 20-10, thanks to two 3-pointers by Krise and McVey.
Adkins then hit a short jumper in the lane, followed by two free throws by Mullins and a three-point play by Keffer as Man cut the deficit to 21-18 with 3:12 left until halftime.
The Pirates scored the final three points of the first half to take a 28-22 halftime lead.
Man then started the third quarter with a 10-0 run to grab a 32-28 lead at the 4:30 mark, forcing the Pirates to call timeout. Adkins hit a 3-ball and two foul shots during the run, while Keffer made a floater in the late and Adkins tacked on another bucket.
Dooley got Fayetteville back into the game with a 3-pointer, trimming Man’s lead to 32-31 at the 3:39 mark.
Mullins then scored a late hoop for the Billies as Man held a slim 36-34 lead heading into the final period. Man would outscore Fayetteville 14-6 in the third.
Man started off the fourth with an 8-0 run to take a 44-34 lead with 6:01 left in the contest after buckets by Mullins, Rowe, Keffer and Adkins.
Fayetteville couldn’t recover a Man went on to win by 10.
Doddridge County 58
Man made a long trip to Summersville early on Saturday morning and beat Doddridge County, 60-58, on the final day of the West Virginia Hometown Invitational Tournament.
The Hillbillies improved to 6-14 on the season and finished 2-2 in the WVHIT.
Jake Adkins led Man with 19 points. Cayce Mullins had 12 and Mikle Scott Rowe 10. John Thomas Keffer had eight, Kenny Joe Adkins seven and Gage Harvey four.
“I’m glad that we went 2-2 in the tournament instead of 1-3,” Man coach Harvey Arms said. “To get up and leave on the bus at 6 0’clock in the morning and go a long way to play a game at 10 it was a good win. We played well offensively and defensively.”
The Billies have two games left in the regular season — next Friday night at home against Mount View and Feb. 19 at Chapmanville.
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