Ramey
Living by the 3
PikeView (66) Vs. Princeton (62)
By GEORGE THWAITES
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
GARDNER — Not even the camouflage worn by Princeton’s rowdy student section could conceal their disappointment in the outcome of Saturday night’s boys basketball rematch with PikeView.
The Panthers got 3-pointers from Hunter Hill and Seth Meadows in the first two possessions of overtime and PikeView held the Tigers off at the free throw line for a 66-63 OT victory.
“We trust in our outside shot. We preach the difference between good shots and bad shots. Both of those were great shots and both of the guys shot them as true as they can,” said Pike View head coach Colton Thompson.
After the clutch trifectas, Pike View (8-4) stayed aloft with a 9-for-13 showing at the free throw line while Princeton (6-5) scrapped every possession to keep its comeback hope alive.
“It was just a hard-fought basketball game,” said Thompson, whose team beat the Tigers 53-48 in the Christmas Tournament at Princeton. “I told coach (Ernie) Gilliard that was an excellent job of extending a basketball game as long as you can. We never felt like we had them on the ropes because they always kept fighting back.”
Meadows scored 21 points to pace the Panthers, gathering up eight rebounds and handing out four assists. Hill, who was a little gimpy in the second half due to a recurring lower leg cramp, finished with 11 points.
Tyler Cecil added 11 points for the Panthers off the bench. He’s scored in double-digits the last three games.
“Tyler Cecil has really stepped up and filled the role as our sixth man. He brings energy on defense and a great spark on offense,” said Thompson. “He really gives us that chemistry that we’ve been needing.”
Tyler Boyd scored nine points and had three assists and two steals. Big post Wayne Brookman had six rebounds and blocked two shots.
Princeton was led by Colton Fix, who scored 22 points on the night. Fix had just enough time for a desperation trey attempt as time expired. He collapsed in the floor after the shot rolled off the rim.
Princeton trailed 35-25 at the half but rode a stiff defensive effort to mount a serious comeback effort.
“The second half ... was basically a gut-check to come out and play solid defense and come out and actually do the things we had talked about doing,” said Gilliard. “We stayed true to those things, got back in it and had a chance to win it.
Cole Cochran whose bucket with 1:55 in regulation held up to send the game into overtime tied at 50, scored 17 points. Logan Watkins scored 16 points.
Princeton travels to Greenbrier East on Tuesday. PikeView hosts James Monroe.

At PikeView High School
PRINCETON (6-5)
Garrison Hartwell 0 0-0 0, Colton Fix 7 8-20 22, Aaron McCabe 2 0-0 6, Jared Hamm 0 0-0 0, Cole Cochran 7 1-2 17, Bryson Murphy 1 0-0 2, Logan Watkins 6 2-2 16, Cade Fix 0 0-0 0, Drew Hopkins 0 0-0 0, Bradley Van Thyne 0 0-0 0, L.J. Reed 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 11-14 63.
PIKEVIEW (8-4)
Todd Vest 3 2-4 8, Tyler Boyd 4 1-2 9, Seth Meadows 4 9-12 21, Hunter Hill 4 1-2 11, Wayne Graham 0 0-0 0, Daniel Baldwin 0 0-0 0, Sebastian Mann 0 0-0 0, Tyler Cecil 3 5-6 11, Dakota Stillwell 0 0-0 0, Wayne Brookman 3 0-0 6. Totals 20 18-26 66.
Princeton............13 12 20 5 12 — 63
PikeView.............16 19 9 6 16 — 66
3-point goals: Princeton 6, (McCabe, Cochran, Watkins), PikeView 8 (Boyd 3, Meadows 4, Hill 2). JV: Princeton 70-50.
Game Scoreboard
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
PikeView 16 19 9 6 16 66
Princeton 13 12 20 5 12 62
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