PM Boys Shut Down Riverheads In Rock The Ribbon Opener, 33-24

Jonathan Schwab

Saturday, Jan. 21 – In the first game of the fourth annual Rock the Ribbon Roundball Shootout, the Parry McCluer High School boys basketball team executed its defense effectively to defeat Riverheads 33-24 on Saturday morning at Rockbridge County High School.

The contest tipped off the seven-game event, which is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The game was much different than the teams’ contest at PM on Dec. 27, when the Blues won 63-59.

The Fighting Blues (8-5) jumped to an 8-5 lead and never trailed, going up 11-6 after the first quarter and 21-15 at halftime. Despite a dry spell offensively in the third quarter, PM made up for that with strong man-to-man defense, holding the Gladiators (7-7) to three points in the period and taking a 27-18 lead into the fourth quarter.

Brady Adams had a superb effort off the bench, leading the Blues with 10 points and stepping up defensively with five rebounds and one block. In a stretch from late in the third quarter to early in the fourth quarter, he scored six consecutive points.

Riverheads cut a 13-point deficit to eight in the final minute of the game, but PM made defensive stops and sealed the win at the free throw line.

Aside from Adams, PM’s leaders were Lydell Elliott with eight points, seven rebounds and two assists; Zach Higgins with five points, and Zach Claytor with four points and a block.

Drew Bond led Riverheads with six points, and Bradley Roberts and Grant Painter chipped in four points each.

PM committed 10 turnovers while forcing 15 Riverheads turnovers.

For the full story and photos from this game, along with the rest of the Rock the Ribbon stories and photos, please see our Jan. 25 newspaper.



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