Meadowview falls 62-55 in Elite Eight

Published 8:48 pm Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Meadowview Christian’s Travis Stacey (13) attempts to score against Abbeville’s Cody Helms during Wednesday’s game at Huntingdon College. -- Robert Hudson

MONTGOMERY — The Meadowview Christian School Trojans went on a couple of runs late in the game, but the early deficit proved too big to overcome, as they fell 62-55 to the Abbeville Christian Generals on Wednesday at Huntingdon College’s Catherine Dixon Roland Arena, ending their season in the AISA Elite Eight.

James Murphy, head boys basketball coach of Meadowview (14-11), said a slow start and hot shooting by the Generals hurt the Trojans.

“In the beginning — it’s a part of the game — our guys came out flat. They came out and hit some threes on us, and that’s a part of basketball,” Murphy said. “Some nights you’re on, some nights you’re off, and a couple of our players were off tonight. Some players stepped up, but we didn’t step up enough. We missed some easy shots. You just have to call it what it is. You win some, you lose some.”

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Meadowview trailed 34-24 at the half and the Generals pushed their lead to 44-24 until Tyler Bush and Travis Stacey each hit two free throws, and Bush hit a shot in the paint to make it 44-30 with 3:56 left in the third quarter.

Bush, Stacey and Dylan Lawrence each added a basket to bring the Trojans closer at 48-36 going into the fourth.

Abbeville’s Kyle Helms opened the fourth with a 3-pointer to make it 51-36, but again, Bush, Lawrence and Stacey added shots for the Trojans before teammate Clayton Thorton hit a 3-pointer that helped make it a 55-45 game with 3:02 left.

Meadowview went cold for a stretch and was forced to foul, as Helms hit two free throws, and Alex Robinson hit one for Abbeville before Thorton added two more for the Trojans to make it 58-47 with 59 seconds left.

Dakota Hudson added two more free throws for the Generals, but Abbeville then missed four straight from the line before Stacey hit back-to-back threes and Bush scored in the paint to make it a 60-55 game, but with only five seconds left, the Trojans’ comeback attempt ran out of time.

Helms led Abbeville with 27 points, including six 3-pointers, while Dustin Shiver added 8 points for the Generals.

Stacey led Meadowview with 25 points, while Lawrence had 13 points and Bush had 10 points.