Prep boys basketball: Williamstown boys lose to Ritchie County 63-36

ELLENBORO, W.Va. – In a battle of Little Kanawha Conference North Division foes here Friday night, host Ritchie County never trailed during its 63-36 domination of Williamstown.

The Jackets, now losers of five straight and still playing without the services of Gage Wix, missed their first eight shots and never found any rhythm versus the Rebels, who got easy looks all night and had the game in hand by halftime.

Justin Sage’s 3-pointer 1:55 into the contest put the Rebels ahead for good and it was 5-0 at the 5:28 mark when Andrew Davis scored on a tip-in. Davis, one of four Rebels to finish in double figures, tallied 12 points, grabbed a game-high 15 boards and added five assists, four steals and a quartet of blocks. After Landon Travis netted two of his team-high dozen counters for the ‘Jackets to make it 5-2, the Rebels scored eight straight thanks to a pair of Seth Cottrill field goals as well as deuces from D.J. Burgess and Sage.

A Travis lay-in made it 13-4 at the end of one and after a Josh DeBolt bucket was followed by a Chandler Weber trey to open the second quarter, Williamstown (3-5, 2-2) appeared to be back in it. However, the Rebels dominated the rest of the quarter and finished on a 22-4 run to take a commanding 35-13 edge at halftime. Johnny Hogue, who joined Davis in scoring 12 points, started the surge when he was left open for a 3-pointer. Hogue later connected again from downtown while left unguarded beyond the arc to make it 27-11. Although Travis scored to cut the deficit to 14, the Rebels tallied the final eight points. Burgess scored four of his game-high 17 points in that span, which included getting a steal and a layup for the 22-point halftime bulge. Ryan Malson’s putback before the buzzer gave the Rebels, who improved to 5-3 overall and 1-1 in the LKC North, a 50-22 advantage entering the fourth.

Nathan Shipe chipped in five points and six boards for the Rebels, who welcome Tyler Consolidated to town on Tuesday. Cottrill finished with 10 markers.

Weber tallied eight points for the Yellowjackets, who will try and snap its losing streak when Gilmer County visits on Tuesday. DeBolt had six points and a team-high seven caroms.