12/1/2017 2:48:00 PM Chargers Open With Win;
Williams Reaches 1,000
CHARGER OPENER — Bath County’s Trey Shaver (22) challenges Boys Home’s Maurice Williams (24) Thursday night in Hot Springs. The Chargers won their opener, 66-46. (Gavin Dressler Photo)
BOYS HOME HISTORY — Maurice Williams became just the third Boys Home player to reach 1,000 career points Thursday night in Bath County. Williams scored 29 points, bringing his three-year career total to 1,015. Williams is pictured with Hilltopper coach Jason Cordova. (Gavin Dressler Photo)
HOT SPRINGS — Bath County enjoyed an opening-night win Thursday in their home gym.
The Chargers shared the evening’s spotlight with a Boys Home senior.
The hosts put three players in double figures and nine in the scoring column, defeating the Hilltoppers, 66-46.
But in the second quarter, Maurice Williams made some Boys Home basketball history.
Williams, originally from South Hill, Va., joined Ernie Brooks and Donnie Costigan as the only players on the hill to score 1,000 points in their basketball careers.
Williams needed 14 points going in and netted 29 on the night, including a 3-ball with 3:30 left in the second quarter that put him in rare company.
“Just a tremendous player,” said Hilltopper head coach Jason Cordova. “He’s grown so much in the two years I’ve had him. He’s developed more of an outside shot.
When he first started playing three years ago, he was playing with his older brother and he was still learning how to play the game and learning to play as a team. Now, he is the team. The guys look to him and they feed off his energy.
“He’s a tremendous athlete, I really hope he goes and plays at the college level,” Cordova added.
While the Hilltoppers dipped to 2-5 on the season, Bath County was playing their first game without the benefit of a scrimmage.
“I’m pleased,” said BCHS coach Terry Bradley. “We were playing a pretty athletic team that had six games under their belt. I think we showed our depth, we have a lot of options coming off the bench. It’s good to have options.”
Bradley got all 12 of his players involved in the game in the first half as the Chargers jumped to a 40-26 lead.
Boys Home cut the margin to 10 (49-39) late in the third quarter before being outscored 17-7 the rest of the way, including 10-2 in the final quarter.
Bath County got off 81 shots in the game and pulled in a team total of 66 rebounds.
Dylan McComb led the Chargers with 15 points, while Trey Shaver added 13 and Patrick Chestnut scored 12, going a perfect 8-for-8 from the foul line.
Sean Gardener added seven points to a team-high 11 rebounds. Christian Jessee had 10 boards and Cody Woodzell and McComb had seven each.
“Sean Gardener was a presence out there defensively and rebounding,” said Bradley. “And Dylan and Sean Flenner played well. I was particularly happy with Trey Shaver. He scored 13 points, but more important was his leadership at point guard.
“Boys Home was very athletic,” he added. “They play a little helter skelter and they try and get you to play like they do. You’ve got to be a little more disciplined. I think it was the best thing that could happen to us.”
The Chargers are participating in the Mountain View Burger King Tip-Off Tournament this weekend at Turner Ashby.
Bath County lost to host Turner Ashby on Friday night (see separate story) and face off with Monticello in tonight’s consolation game.
Williams added 12 rebounds to his 29 points, while Daylen Owens-Watson snared 13 boards.
“After how well we played in that tournament (last weekend), I’m really disappointed,” Cordova said. “But then again we haven’t played in about two weeks.”
Boys Home will play at Seneca Trail Academy next Saturday at 2:30.