’Jackets take down Tyler

JAY W. BENNETT The Marietta Times Williamstown’s Trent Lynch, left, passes as Tyler Consolidated’s Griffin Phillips defends during a high school boys basketball game Thursday.

WILLIAMSTOWN — Tyler Consolidated’s furious rally fell a little short here Thursday evening as host Williamstown survived the Silver Knights for a 60-53 Little Kanawha Conference West Division victory.

The Silver Knights (8-5, 3-4 LKC West), who in the last eight days had played just once and hadn’t practiced at all, appeared to be in deep trouble after Baylor Haught’s offensive rebound and putback gave the Yellowjackets (8-3, 4-3) a commanding 39-21 cushion with 3:35 left in the third.

However, the visitors had other ideas despite still trailing 45-31 entering the final eight minutes thanks to a wild buzzer-beating bank shot in the lane by Dylan Roberts.

Griffin Phillips poured in 15 of his 18 points in the final stanza for the Silver Knights, who still trailed 53-46 after a three-point by Phillips with 2:36 to go.

The deficit remained at seven points, 55-48 with 1:39 left, after Phillips had a steal and a lay-in to counter a pair of free throws by ‘Jacket Eric Brown.

TCHS, which plays Monday at Liberty (Harrison), appeared to catch a break after Phillips’ deuce when Trent Lynch missed the front end of a 1-and-1.

That didn’t turn out to be the case as the ball came off the rim, went off a pair of Silver Knights and then right into the hands of Lynch, who darted to the hoop and scored for a 57-48 advantage.

Down but not out, Mark Rucker canned his third triple of the night to draw within six at the 1:15 mark. Following a WHS turnover, Rucker capped his game-high 19-point performance with 65 seconds left to close the gap all the way to four at 57-53 after he connected on a pair of charity stripe tosses.

Williamstown, though, managed to hold on as the Silver Knights missed their final four field goals and the hosts got a foul shot by Xavier Caruthers, who had 13 points off the bench, as well as a late bucket by Brown.

Cullen Cutright came off the bench for WHS to post 14 points while grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds. Lynch drained a trio of 3s in the opening period and finished with 14 points and seven boards.

Rucker pulled down a team-high eight rebounds. Roberts produced seven points while ‘Jacket Eli Inman had a game-high seven assists.

WHS returns to action with another LKC West tilt on Tuesday at Ritchie County.