Jackets fly by Pineville

Published 5:36 pm Friday, December 29, 2017

The Pineville boys basketball team didn’t have an answer for Williamsburg on Friday in the final day of the Pine Mountain Classic. Every time the Lions went on a run the Yellow Jackets would answer with an equally impressive run of their own.

In the end, Pineville ran out of steam in the second half and lost to Williamsburg 63-40.

The Mountain Lions’ inability to find consistent offense was one issue on Friday with no player reaching double digits. Braxton Caldwell led the Lions with a team-high nine points. Josh Lawson finished the day with eight.

No other Pineville player registered multiple baskets from the field.

Stohn Hunter paced Williamsburg with a game-high 14 points. Toby Cunningham tallied 13 points while going 5-for-6 from the charity stripe. Slaht Hunter chipped in 10 points as well.

Three-pointers from Caleb Rose and Cunningham helped the Jackets get off to a 12-0 run early in the first. It was Brendan King who ended Pineville’s drought with a pair of free throws with 2:20 remaining in the first.

King’s free throws sparked a 7-0 run that helped Pineville cut the deficit to single digits. A 3-pointer by Hayden Callebs narrowed the lead to 12-7. Stohn Hunter ended the run with two free throws before Callebs hit a pair of his own foul shots to bring the score to 14-9.

The two teams swapped baskets at the end of the first with Williamsburg taking a 16-11 lead into the second quarter.

The Yellow Jacket defense stepped up in the second holding the Lions to just four points. Caldwell opened the quarter with a layup to bring Pineville within three, 16-13.

Williamsburg went on a 6-0 run to increase the lead to 22-13 with 5:33 remaining in the half. The Lions halted the Jackets momentum with a layup by Lawson only to see Williamsburg end the half on a 7-0 run.

Hunter Brown ended the second with a hook shot at the buzzer to give the Jackets a 29-15 lead heading into halftime.

Both teams got their offense going in the third quarter. Pineville scored 14 points in the quarter behind Caldwell’s two 3-pointers. Williamsburg tallied 27 points in the third with the help of Slaht Hunter’s six points.

The Jackets held a 54-29 lead heading into the final quarter. The Lions outscored Williamsburg by two points in the fourth, but the Jackets exited the floor with a 23-point victory.

Up Next

Pineville (3-8) will host Barbourville (5-7) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Williamsburg (6-5) will travel to South Laurel (8-2) on Tuesday.

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Williamsburg 63, Pineville 40

WILLIAMSBURG (6-5)

Toby Cunningham 4 5-6 13, Caleb Rose 2 3-4 8, Slaht Hunter 4 2-2 10, Stohn Hunter 6 2-2 14, Jermey Purdie 2 0-5 4, Hunter Brown 3 3-5 9, Hunter Jeffers 1 0-0 2, Gavin Thomas 1 1-1 3. Totals: 23 16-23 63.

PINEVILLE (3-8)

Clay Goodin 1 1-3 3, Josh Lawson 3 2-4 8, Braxton Caldwell 3 1-2 9, Ben Goodin 0 1-2 1, Landon Couch 0 0-0 0, Hayden Callebs 1 2-2 5, Matt Golden 0 2-2 2, Bubb Simpson 0 2-4 2, Reed Baker 1 1-2 3, Marcus Estep 1 1-2 3, Chris Saylor 1 0-0 2. Totals: 11 15-23 40.

Williamsburg 16 13 25 9 — 63

Pineville 11 4 14 11 — 40

3-point goals: Williamsburg 3 (Cunningham 2, Rose 1), Pineville 3 (Caldwell 2, Callebs 1).

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