Raiders roll to Class B crown
By John Conley firstname.lastname@example.org
Huff Consolidated took control early on its way to the Class B championship.
The Raiders took the lead for good in the first quarter and went on to beat Road Branch, 53-35, on Wednesday night at Mullens Middle School.
Huff (10-1) won the old fashioned way, with a balanced inside-outside attack.
A 7-2 run in the second quarter extended a two-point lead to 18-11.
The Tigers got buckets from Brock Smith and Matthew Blankenship to pull within 20-16, but they got no closer.
Huff pushed its lead into double digits in the third period, getting the ball to center Dylon Adkins for easy hoops around the basket.
The Raiders took a 36-27 margin into the final period and pulled away from there.
“I think they played real good,” said Huff coach Pete Lester. “They boxed out and rebounded.”
Most of the team consists of eighth graders.
“I like my guards and I think I have the best big man (Adkins) in the county,” said Lester.
Adkins had 17 points and Jacob Ellis added 11 for the winners.
Smith tossed in 17 for Road Branch. Blankenship scored 13.
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