ASHTON, W.Va. — The Hannan boys basketball team shot just 28 percent from the field while dropping its third straight decision Monday night following a 65-51 setback to visiting Elk Valley Christian in a non-conference matchup in Mason County.
The host Wildcats (2-8) led just 15 seconds in the entire contest, as the Eagles overcame an early 3-2 deficit with an 18-7 surge over the final 4:57 of the opening period to secure a 20-10 advantage. Hannan never came closer than eight points the rest of the way, allowing EVCS to claim a season sweep in the home-and-home series.
Elk Valley Christian (2-6) posted a 59-46 victory over HHS back on December 7 in Elkview, W.Va.
The Wildcats took their only lead of the night after Paul Holley drilled a trifecta for a 3-2 edge at the 5:12 mark of the first quarter, but the guests countered with 10-5 run over the next 2:09 for a 12-8 lead. The Eagles closed the final 2:29 with an 8-2 surge to secure a 20-10 advantage after eight minutes of play.
Hannan trailed by 15 points (27-12) at the 5:25 mark in the second stanza, but the hosts rallied with a 12-7 surge to close the half trailing 34-24. Hannan shot just 24 percent (9-of-38) and had eight turnovers in the first two frames, while EVCS sank 11-of-31 shot attempts and committed seven turnovers by the break.
Both teams netted 13 points apiece in the third canto for a 47-37 contest headed into the finale, and Hannan was never closer in the second half than at the 2:57 mark of the third — as Holley drilled another three-pointer to pull the hosts to within 45-37.
Elk Valley Christian — which led all of the fourth quarter by double digits — closed regulation with an 18-14 run to wrap up the 14-point triumph. The Eagles had 17 turnovers in the contest, compared to just 14 giveaways by the hosts.
Hannan connected on 19-of-68 field goal attempts overall, including a 7-of-31 effort from three-point range for 23 percent. HHS was also 6-of-16 at the free throw line for 38 percent.
Holley and Tyler Burns led the Wildcats with 12 points apiece, followed by Tyler Jenkins with 10 markers. Ty Paige and Brad Fannin respectively chipped in eight and six points, while Kade McCoy rounded out the scoring with three markers.
Elk Valley Christian netted 21-of-56 shot attempts for 38 percent, including a 3-of-20 effort from three-point range for 15 percent. The guests were also 20-of-42 at the charity stripe for 48 percent.
Daniel Beverly and Jordan Elkins each poured in a game-high 19 points for the Eagles, followed by Trey Suttle with 16 points and Bert French with 11 markers.