Patriots start Abbeville Christian tournament 2-0

Published 9:31 pm Friday, December 14, 2018

The Pike Liberal Arts boys and girls’ varsity basketball teams competed in the Abbeville Basketball Tournament on Friday afternoon.

The Patriot boys began the afternoon with a 64-40 win over Abbeville.

The win for the Patriots launched them into Friday night’s game against Chambers.

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The Patriots had four players score in double figures, led by Ty Singleton who finished with a game-high 17 points. Senior Max Copeland finished with 16 points, while Drew Nelson had 11 and Nick O’Brien had 10.

The Patriots outscored the Generals in all four quarters on Friday afternoon. Singleton scored eight of his 17 points in the opening quarter and the Patriots jumped on the Generals and took a 21-7 lead into the second quarter.

Despite hitting two three-pointers, the Patriots managed to score just seven points in the second quarter. They went into the locker room at halftime with a 28-12 lead.

Singleton found his game again in the third quarter and tallied eight more points in the third quarter. After going into the final quarter up 40-27, Copeland scored 12 of his 16 points to slam the door.

Jade Sikes and Javon Christian both finished with four points.

The Patriots continued their winning ways when they knocked off Chambers Academy 52-49. The win increases Pike’s winning streak to six consecutive games.

Copeland carried over his strong play from game one with a team-high 17 points. Sikes added 14 points, while Singleton scored seven.

Copeland got the Patriots off and running in game two with nine first quarter points to help allow the Patriots to carry over a 16-12 lead into the second quarter.

After 23 total points were scored in the second quarter, the Patriots went into the locker room with a 31-20 lead.

Chambers dealing doubled the Patriots’ point total in the third when they outscored the Patriots 16-9 to cut into the Patriots heading into the fourth quarter trailing 40-36.

Chambers cut into the Patriot lead a little more in the fourth, but the Patriots did enough to hold on to the three-point win.

The Patriots will be back in action tonight beginning at 8:30 when they take on Northside Methodist.