History repeats for PikeView vs. Mavs
James Monroe (51) Vs. PikeView (66)
Feb 02, 2016
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
GARDNER — Much like the movie “Groundhog Day,” recent history repeated itself on Tuesday night in the PikeView High gym.
Taking a 66-51 victory from James Monroe, PikeView’s Panthers (9-4) won for the sixth time in seven games, while the Mavericks (6-7) kept fighting but lost their sixth straight. PikeView had claimed a 73-61 win in the teams’ first meeting on Jan. 14.
The Panthers were hot from the start, making nine of 14 field-goal tries in the first quarter to take a 23-9 lead. Senior Hunter Hill had 10 of those early points.
“The first quarter felt very good,” said PikeView head coach Colton Thompson. “We hoped to ride the momentum.”
The second quarter belonged to James Monroe’s Caleb Spencer, who nailed 11 points. His 3-pointer in the final minute of the half brought the visitors within seven points, 29-22, at the break.
“The shots started falling for him,” said Johnathan McPherson. “We’ve got some guys that can score. I tell them, not all of us are going to be hitting every single night, but somebody is and we’ve got to make sure we get him the ball. That got us back in the game.”
PikeView’s rebounding in the third quarter led to another offensive burst. Todd Vest got a 10-0 run started, and Seth Meadows ended it with an old-fashioned three-point play that gave the Panthers a 20-point lead, 47-27.
Thompson said that Vest’s play “helped spark our interior point scoring.”
The Mavericks outscored their hosts 7-2 to begin the final period and cut the scoring gap to single digits, 52-43, with 3:41 left on a spinning layup by Dakota Copenhaver. James Monroe, however, lost a key player when Clay Havens fouled out, and the Panthers gradually increased their lead.
James Monroe head coach Johnathan McPherson said, “We tried a couple of different defenses, and they were just shooting really well, early on. But once we kind of settled down, I thought our defensive effort was pretty good the final three quarters.”
“We never stopped fighting. We got it within striking distance there, late, but they just had too much of a run in the third quarter. ... Other than that, we were right there with them.”
Brookman led all scorers with 20 points and collected 14 rebounds.
Thompson said, “When the 3 goes cold, Brookman did a good job of converting, when he got touches.”
Brookman said, “I just stayed big in the paint, guarded, stood straight up, and always had back-side help from my team. ... Defense wins games.”
He said about the Panthers’ winning streak, “It feels great. We’re playing as a team, finally. We’ve got to keep on our game.”
Meadows provided 16 points and seven assists — all of them to Brookman. Hill finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, and Tyler Cecil also had seven boards.
Spencer led the Mavericks with 17 points. Havens had 11 points.
James Monroe plays at Nicholas County on Friday, continuing a stretch of four road games in 10 days. PikeView travels to Raleigh County on Friday to play Liberty.

At PikeView High School
Caleb Spencer 6 1-3 17, Lance Wilson 2 0-0 5, Dakota Copenhaver 2 1-4 5, Landan Shires 3 0-2 7, Jaylon Lewis 2 0-0 6, Clay Havens 3 5-6 11. Totals 18 7-15 51.
Todd Vest 3 0-0 6, Tyler Boyd 2 1-2 7, Seth Meadows 6 3-3 16, Hunter Hill 5 0-0 12, Tyler Cecil 2 0-0 5, Wayne Brookman 9 2-8 20. Totals 27 6-13 66.
James Monroe.......9 13 13 16 — 51
PikeView.............23 6 20 17 — 66
3-point goals — JM 8 (Spencer 4, Wilson 1, Shires 1, Lewis 2); PV 6 (Boyd 2, Hill 2, Meadows 1, Cecil 1). Total fouls — JM 14, PV 13. Fouled out — JM, Havens.
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James Monroe 9 13 13 16 0 51
PikeView 23 6 20 17 0 66
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