CLARKSBURG—The Taylor County Middle School boys basketball team opened their 2017-2018 season on Friday night, in the first round out the Mountaineer Middle School preseason tournament.
The first opponent for the Knights was the Hawks of South Harrison Middle School.
The Knights came out on fire in the first quarter, out-scoring the Hawks 16—11, behind the three point shooting of Cayden Boylen.
The Knights then added to their lead, as they were seven better than South Harrison in both the second and third quarters.
The Hawks mounted a come back in the fourth but it was too late as the Knights left the building with a 47—35 victory.
Ryan Maier led all scorers with 13 points, followed by Andrew Irvine with 10.
The remaining points came from Boylen (9), Tanner Moats (8), James Helmondollar (2), James Hoskins (2) and Kameron Scheuvront.
With the win, the Knights advanced into the championship game on Saturday night against the host team, Mountaineer Middle.
The game was close after the first quarter as the Knights held a 9—7 lead, but it would not be close for long, as the Knights shut out Mountaineer Middle in the second quarter.
At the half the Knights had a 19—7 lead.
TCMS dominated the third quarter 12—6, then held on the in fourth to come away with a 34—17 victory, and the preseason tournament championship.
Maier led the offense with 11 points, followed by Irvine and Scheuvront with six apiece.
The remaining points in the scorebook were credited to Boylen (3), Moats (2), Justin Spiker (2) and James Helmondollar (5).
“It was a great way to start the season,” said head coach Doug Kirkpatrick. “I’m proud of the way we handled our business at this tournament.”
“Now our focus quickly shifts to East Fairmont in our home opener. It should be a good test for our boys,” he added.
The home opener for the Knights will be tonight as they host the Hornets of East Fairmont. The JV game will begin at 6:00 p.m., while the Varsity will go at 7:15 p.m.