Huntington High falls to GW, 70-55
SOUTH CHARLESTON -- After watching his team's preparation to play Saturday in the Mountain State Athletic Conference boys basketball second-place game, it certainly wasn't the performance Huntington High coach Ron Hess expected.
Huntington High fell behind early and never got into an offensive rhythm. George Washington took advantage in a 70-55 victory in the South Charleston Community Center.
"Some of our kids didn't have good energy," Hess said. "We were flat and I'm not sure why. We had two very good practices and we were looking forward to playing tonight, but we just didn't play well."
Huntington High's offensive struggles continued from previous games as the Highlanders didn't find the basket.
The combination of a lack of energy at the start and missed shots turned into frustration as each time the Highlanders had chances at a run, George Washington had the answer.
Defensively, Huntington High did a solid job on George Washington's Jon Elmore, who led the state coming into the game with 30.4 points per game.
Elmore finished with 16 -- 14 in the second half as he shut down any comeback attempt for Huntington High.
The Highlanders trailed by 13 at halftime, but started the second half with a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to four points midway through the third quarter.
Elmore scored seven straight during a 90-second stretch to jumpstart an 11-2 run to end the quarter for the Patriots.
Both teams saw their leading scorers struggle early in the contest with both Elmore and Huntington High's Arick Nicks scoring only two each in the first half.
Nicks, who won the MSAC Dunk Contest earlier in the afternoon, also had three fouls in the first half and finished the game with just six points.
The Patriots were able to lean on the efforts of Anthony Dean in the first half to forge a 33-20 lead at the break. Dean scored 14 of his team-high 20 in the first half while also grabbing 12 rebounds.
George Washington owned the rebounding edge over the Highlanders by a 48-26 margin.
In addition to Dean and Elmore, George Washington also got 10 points from Domenik King.
Anthony Meadows led Huntington High with 16 points and J.R. Howard added 13 while successfully limiting Elmore with his defense in the first half. Tavian Dunn-Martin and Chancelor Wooding both had 10 points.
HUNTINGTON HIGH 12 8 11 24 - 55: Nicks 6, Dunn-Martin 10, Meadows 16, Wooding 10, Howard 13.
GEORGE WASHINGTON 18 15 11 26 - 70: Carena 8, King 10, Elmore 16, Dean 20, Baker 5, Blaney 7, Bryson 4.