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James River boys bring on the heat

The weather outside is frightful but, for all intents and purposes, the James River boys say “let it snow.”

  River’s Ethan Thrasher comes down with a rebound in last week’s win over Bath County. - Photo by Ed McCoy
River’s Ethan Thrasher comes down with a rebound in last week’s win over Bath County. - Photo by Ed McCoy

River has all but clinched the Pioneer District basketball season title. The Knights clinched a tie for the regular season with a home win over Bath last week. They need to beat either Covington or Highland to make it official, and Highland has won just one district game this season, against winless Craig County.

Meanwhile, the Knights are 8-0 in the district and looking for another 20 win season with an 18-2 record and two games remaining. The schedule says the Knights had Covington on Tuesday and a trip to Highland Thursday, but the weather should have a say in that.

Last Thursday in Buchanan the Knights breezed to a 71-33 win over the Chargers. River led just 10-7 after the first quarter but outscored Bath 43-14 over the second and third periods to send the starters to the bench.

Patrick Bennett had 15 points to lead River, while Andrew Tucker had a dozen, Ethan Humphries had 10, and Jordan Talbott had nine points.

River has no games scheduled for next week but that could change if one or two games this week have to be postponed. That wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing for the boys, who otherwise would go close to two weeks without a game before their first appearance in the Pioneer District tournament.

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