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PikeView holds off Raiders
PikeView (55) Vs. River View (49)
Feb 29, 2016
PRINCETON — Thanks largely to River View’s Ronnie Morgan, PikeView’s Seth Meadows didn’t have a particularly good first half in Monday night’s Class AA, Region 3, Section 2 semifinal game at Princeton’s Coach Ralph Ball Court.

Fortunately for the Panthers, there are two halves per game of basketball.

Meadows scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half and PikeView survived and advanced with a 55-49 win over the Raiders.

PikeView (17-5) will face Bluefield in Wednesday’s 7 p.m. sectional championship game at Princeton. Both teams are assured berths in the regional regardless of Wednesday’s outcome.

“You can’t keep a good ball player down the whole game. He played good in the second half,” said River View head coach Roger Hale, whose team led the Panthers 10-2 with 1:27 remaining in the first quarter. “An excellent ball player and a good, well-coached team. I thought they played an excellent game.”

While Morgan was doing his utmost to limit Meadows’ offensive output, Tyler Boyd was face guarding Raiders scoring leader Tyree Baker. The enthusiastic, crowd-pumping Baker had scored 36 points in River View’s last meeting with PikeView but was confined to 21 on Monday night.

“Boyd absolutely accepted the challenge to guard a tremendous offensive player and I thought he did a fantastic job,” said Panthers head coach Colton Thompson.

“Offensively, River View really disrupted us. I don’t think it was so much that we came out flat. They just played some really good defense early in the game and it took us a while to get going and fight back in it.”

Baker had a couple of signature moments where he got the River View fans into the game, wowing the crowd with an improbable reverse layup, coolly draining the and-one for a three-point play.

Moments later he let fly with a crazily off-balance 3-pointer at NBA range that gave the Raiders a 25-20 lead with 1:36 remaining in the first half.

But there were other Baker outside shots that Boyd either lightly deflected or otherwise redirected. There were other drives were Boyd managed to steer the River View dynamo right into help.

“I like the way they were even doubling up on him sometimes. Every time he got around (Boyd) there was someone else to be there with him. Every time he turned the corner, someone from PikeView stepped up,” Hale said. “They played very well.”

Baker wasn’t the only Raider running into difficulty gratis the Panthers D. Todd Coeburn, who scored 12 points River View’s 74-64 loss to Pike View last Tuesday, was held scoreless on Monday night.

“Some shots that we normally hit just didn’t fall tonight. It’s all a credit to their defense. They played really well,” said Hale, who got 12 rebounds from post Jonah Baker.

Despite all the offensive calories Boyd burned on the defensive end, he managed to make some timely offensive contributions. His 3-pointer with a minute remaining in the first half trimmed River View’s intermission margin to 25-22.

In the fourth period, Baker popped a 3 over a screen that cut PikeView’s lead to 3 points. Boyd answered with a trey of his own to neutralize that momentum.

Brian Mitchell started a couple of fast breaks that got the Raiders (15-7) within two points by midway through the final frame. After the subsequent PikeView timeout Meadows broke down the defense and took it to the rim.

Tyler Cecil drove in another and banked it off the glass for the 47-41 lead with 3:20 showing.

Meadows slipped River View the dagger with six points over two possessions, hitting a trifecta at 2:16 and finishing a three-point play after a tip-in for the 53-44 lead with 2:02 left to play.

“River View is a good team. We knew it was going to be a battle coming in. We were just fortunate enough to get the win and go on to Wednesday,” said Meadows, who hit a pair of 3s, had nine rebounds and six steals. “Boyd really stepped up tonight. He played really good ‘D’ and it worked out tonight.”

Post Wayne Brookman had a double-double for the Panthers, scoring 10 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Hunter Hill scored eight.

At Coach Ralph Ball Court

RIVER VIEW (15-7)

Tyree Baker 7 5-8 21, Todd Coeburn 0 0-0 0, Jonathan Hatcher 5 1-2 11, Brian Mitchell 3 0-0 7, Ronnie Morgan 2 0-0 4, Jonah Baker 3 0-0 6. Totals 20 6-10 49.

PIKEVIEW (17-5)

Todd Vest 0 2-3 2, Tyler Boyd 3 0-0 8, Seth Meadows 6 7-7 21, Hunter Hill 3 2-2 8, Tyler Cecil 2 1-2 6, Wayne Brookman 5 0-1 10. Totals 19 12-15 55.

River View...................12 13 7 17 — 49

PikeView.......................6 17 15 17 — 55

3-point goals: River View 3 (Baker 2, Mitchell), PikeView 5 (Boyd 2, Meadows 2, Cecil).
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Game Scoreboard
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
PikeView 6 17 15 17 0 55
River View 12 13 7 17 0 49
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