2/11/2018 10:14:00 AM Mountaineers
PEARISBURG — The Alleghany boys basketball team is not ready to pack it up just yet.
Friday night, the Mountaineers went on the road and scored a sweet 57-42 win over Giles in the first round of the Three Rivers District tournament.
Alleghany (5-18), who must win the tournament to advance to regional play, goes to Glenvar to face the Highlanders on Monday in a semifinal.
“It’s been a rough season, but after that emotional game against Giles at our place on Saturday, to come here and win, that’s a stellar effort from the whole team,” said AHS coach Nolan Caldwell.
Shawn Spinner had a game-high 18 points for the Mountaineers, Devin Lane scored 10 and Trey Honts added nine.
“Shawn had a great game, he hit some big shots,” Caldwell added. “And Devin Lane had his best game of the year with 10 points and a lot of big rebounds. We had an all-around great defensive effort.”
Cole Meadows led Giles (13-10) with 16 points.
Meadows, who was ejected at Alleghany on Saturday, was supposed to serve a one-game suspension on Friday.
But an appeal lessoned the punishment to one half.
Alleghany led 30-15 at the break and played even with the full-strength Spartans in the second half.
“We took care of business,” Caldwell said. “We went into a hostile environment, kept our cool and played a complete game.”
Glenvar (15-8) squeezed past Carroll County, 51-50, in another first round game, while James River eliminated Floyd County, 62-37.
The Mountaineer game at Glenvar will tip at 6 p.m. Monday’s other semifinal will send James River to top-seeded and unbeaten Radford.
“We felt like we let one get away at Glenvar,” Caldwell said. “We were up 13 with a minute to go in the third quarter. We were in the same situation tonight, but we were able to take care of the ball and put it away.”