On Friday night Continental played host to Hicksville in a non league Boys Varsity basketball game. The Aces started the night’s scoring as they hit a 3 that was followed up by a Pirate Bryce Recker basket to make it 3 – 2 Aces. A four point run by the Aces was stopped by another basket by Recker to make it 7 – 4 Aces. An Aces 5 point run was ended by a Reed Warnement basket Aces 12 Pirates 6. The Aces would finish the quarter by putting in 8 of the next 13 as Taron Butler hit a 3 and Gavin Huff hit a 2 for the Pirates. The basket by Bulter went in as the buzzer sounded. Aces 20, Pirates 11 after 1.
The Pirates opened up the second quarter with Warnement basket to make it Aces 20, Pirates 13. A 5 point run by the Aces was stopped by a Recker basket. This was followed by a 4 point Aces run. Aces 29, Pirates 15. Baskets by Gannon Prowant and Mitchell Coleman sandwiched an Aces basket to make it Aces 31, Pirates 19. The Aces put in a pair of baskets before Huff finished off the half scoring with a basket. Aces 35, Pirates 21 at half.
A basket by Butler opened up the second half scoring as the Pirates made it Aces 35 -23. The Aces would put in 11 of the next 13 points as Coleman would make a basket for the Pirates Aces 46, Pirates 25. Coleman would go 5-5 from the line to reduce the deficit. Aces 46, Pirates 30. After a pair of Aces baskets came before Coleman hit a 3 to make it Aces 50, Pirates 33.
The fourth quarter saw the Aces outpoint the Pirates by 6. Coleman hit 3 threes for all the Pirate scoring of the quarter. Aces 65, Pirates 42.
Mitchell Coleman led the Pirates with 21 points. Bryce Recker put in 6 and Taron Butler had 5. Gavin Huff and Reed Warnement both scored 4. Gannon Prowant scored 2. Coleman hit 4 three-pointers for the Pirates while Bulter made 1.
Continental falls to 0-3 for the season and will travel to Lincolnview on Saturday. Hicksville is now 2-0.
Junior Varsity won a thriller as Noah Becher hit a basket as time expired to for the Pirates to take a 32-30 in overtime.
Continental Fire Department held their Toys for Tots drive at the game last night. Thanks to all who supported the cause and to the Fire Department for making a difference in childrens lives in Putnam County.
–Mike Jones Sportswriter