CLARKSBURG – The Taylor County Middle School boys basketball team competed in the Mountaineer Middle School basketball tournament over the weekend in Clarksburg.
The Knights opened the tournament by playing the host team of Mountaineer Middle on Friday night.
The Knights came out swinging in the first quarter as they outscored the much larger Mountain lions 12 to 5. The Knights cooled off in the second quarter as they added seven points to their total and went into halftime with a 19 to 13 lead.
The Mountain Lion guards were unstoppable in the third quarter as they rained three’s on the Knights and went up by two at the end of the third 33 to 31.
The young Knights continued to fight but could never get back in the game and they went on to lose 49 to 41.
J.T. Veltri led the Knights with 16 points followed by Cole Mooney with 11. The remaining Knight points were scored by Isaac Lough (7), Mason Dunham (4) and Harrison Maier (3).
With the loss to Mountaineer Middle the Knights had to play in the consolation game on Saturday. The Knights opponent on Saturday was Mannington who had lost to South Harrison on Friday night.
The two teams went back and forth in the first quarter as both teams put seven points on the scoreboard.
The Knights were able to take the lead into the locker room at halftime as they outscored the Gators 10 to 6.
The Knights extended their lead in the third quarter to 27 to 18 by outscoring the Gators once again 10 to 5.
The Knights seemed to freeze in the final quarter as the Gators came charging. The Knights were unable to score in the fourth, but allowed the Gators to score 13. When the final buzzer sounded the Gators had defeated the Knights 31 to 27.
Harrison Maier led the Knights with seven points followed by Veltri with five. The rest of the TCMS points came from Bryson Bish (4), Jacob Maier (4), Dunham (3), Mooney (3) and Lough (1).
The Knights will be back in action tomorrow night as they host Westwood. The JV game will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the varsity game to follow.