A tough night for SVC basketball
Huntington, Zane Trace, & Southeastern
all fall in D-III tournament
Check for links under each game on the Good Health Chiropractic Center SVC
Boys' Basketball Scoreboard for picture links from Friday night at the Convo
A night spent at the Convo in Athens is always an enjoyable evening. It is a great atmosphere, where –
as the public announcer always reminds us during each pregame - it is always
Basketball :30.
Unfortunately for SVC followers, Friday night marked the end of the tournament run for Huntington, Zane
Trace, and Southeastern.

Huntington put themselves in a tough spot as the Huntsmen got off to a slow start against a one-loss
Chesapeake squad. After trailing 20-11 at the end of one quarter, the green and white settled in nicely as
they played a much more competitive second quarter and trailed 33-22 at halftime.

In the third quarter, it appeared the Panthers were ready to deliver the knockout punch as the ‘Peake
stretched the advantage to 41-24, but that is when the Huntington backcourt came alive. Blake Campbell
hit back-to-back triples and then Brice Vickers dialed up a three-ball and all of a sudden it was an eight
point game at 41-33. The lead would remain in single digits for the remainder of the third quarter as
Chesapeake led 43-34 entering the final quarter.

This is when Huntington got a spark from another guard in sophomore Jake Kellough. Brendon Campbell
and then Dylan Gragg assisted Kellough on two straight field goals to start the quarter, and then Kellough
hit a triple to trim the lead to four at 49-45. Following a Chesapeake basket, Gragg scored to bring the
deficit back to four at 51-47, but the Huntsmen would never get closer.

Chesapeake was able to answer with a run and some solid free throw shooting and a gambling Huntington
defense made for a final score of 68-57. I had Gragg unofficially for a team-high 23 points which would
end his career at 1,083 making him the 53rd all-time scorer in SVC history. Blake Campbell added 12
points for Huntington while Vickers and Kellough scored 10 and nine points respectively.

In Game 2, Zane Trace played well early holding a two-point advantage late in the first quarter at 10-8,
but Peebles closed the period on a 6-0 run to take a 14-10 lead after one quarter. The second quarter
was evenly played as the two teams went to the half with Peebles up 27-23. I felt two big keys in the first
half were the play of Colton Whitehouse and the foul trouble of Jesson Hill. Without Hill on the floor, the
Pioneers – especially in the second quarter – missed the extra experienced ball handler, but I did feel
the senior Whitehouse played well which helped ZT stay close.

The second half saw things get away from Zane Trace in a hurry. Peebles outscored the Pioneers 22-6 in
the quarter. The Indians rolled from that point winning it 67-40. Unofficially, I had Wes Beam as the only
Pioneer in double figures with 12 points.

The final game saw the Southeastern Panthers take the floor against Eastern Brown. The Panthers started
well as they enjoyed an 11-8 lead after the first quarter; however, as Eastern extended its defense in the
second quarter, SE started having trouble getting the ball comfortably into the scrimmage area. This
resulted in Michael Brown not getting as many touches, and the Warriors started getting easy transition
opportunities as EB took a 28-21 lead at halftime.

The third quarter of this game was another quarter to forget for the SVC. Eastern outscored Southeastern
20-7 in the period, and like ZT, the Panthers trailed by 20 entering the final quarter at 48-28. Eastern
finished things off in the final period to win it 61-37. Unofficially, my stat sheet read Brown with 12 points,
but no other Panther scored in double figures.

SVC fans, the current
Good Health Chiropractic Center SVC Boys’ Basketball Scoreboard has
several links for pictures of all the SVC action Friday night at the Convo, so be sure to click
here to look
for those links.