MAN — The Mount View High School boys’ basketball team pulled away from the Man Hillbillies in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s Senior Night game as the Golden Knights came away with a 66-40 win at the Man Memorial Fieldhouse.
Man, which closes out the regular season on Tuesday night at Chapmanville Regional, fell to 6-15. The Billies are 0-2 against the Tigers this season.
“We played pretty good there for three quarters but the fourth quarter we put them on the free throw line too many times,” Man coach Harvey Arms said.
The Golden Knights outscored Man 26-8 in the decisive final period.
Man honored its two seniors players — Chris Justice and Clay Brumfield — before the game.
The Hillbillies were led in scoring by Mikle Scott Rowe and John Thomas Keffer who had 10 points each.
Kenny Joe Adkins had seven, while Jake Adkins and Cayce Mullins tossed in four each. Clay Brumfield had three and Justice two.
Mount View was led by Maurice Brown’s 25 points. Donnell Bonds had 11.
The Knights jumped out to a 6-0 lead on baskets by Brown and Jerry Saunders and two free throws by Tashawn Vineyard.
Man didn’t score until the 2:52 of the first period to make it 6-2 on a jumper by the freshman Keffer.
The Golden Knights took a 10-4 lead after the first quarter of play.
MVHS extended its lead to 19-9 mid-way in the second stanza on a bucket by William Johnson.
The Knights added two more scores to push the lead to 14 points at 23-9 on Brown’s basket with 2:58 to go until the half.
The Billies went on a mini run to cut the deficit to 25-18 with 1:14 to play on a 3-pointer by Rowe and two-pointers by Keffer, Kenny Joe Adkins and Mullins.
Brown then scored the final five points of the half to give Mount View a 30-18 edge at the intermission.
In the third quarter, Kenny Joe Adkins hit a runner in the lane at the midway point of the third period, trimming the deficit to 10 points at 34-26 with 4:28 left.
Keffer then hit a 3-ball to make it a six-point game at 36-30 with 1:13 on the clock.
The Billies, however, just could not stop Mount View’s big man Brown who once again answered with a basket in the paint as the Knights would take a 40-32 lead into the final eight minutes of play.
The Knights then pushed their lead to 47-36 on a basket by Antoine Calloway with 6:06 remaining.
Donnel Bonds then scored on an old-fashioned three-point play to give Mount View a commanding 14-point lead at 50-36 with 5:45 left.
Mount View went on to extend its lead to 18 points at 54-36 on buckets by Bonds and Taylor Morris.
The Knights then hit their free throws down the stretch to put the Billies away.
Mount View finished 19-for-26 from the free throw line. Man was 6-for-12.