GBC’s Moore outscores St. Joe in win
HUNTINGTON — Jay Moore 58, Huntington St. Joe 57.
Moore, a 6-foot-3 senior guard, scored a career-high and school record 58 points Friday night to lead Greater Beckley Christian to a 108-57 victory over the Irish in the St. Joe gym. Moore broke the 30-year-old school record of 51 set by current Crusaders’ coach Brian Helton.
“I was joking with him when he had 50 that I was going to sit him down, but I couldn’t get a sub in for him,” Helton said of Moore. “I’m happy for him. He’s very deserving.”
Moore’s previous career high was 34. Friday night, he went 20 for 25 from the floor and none of those baskets came from 3-point range. Moore sank 18 of 20 free throws and grabbed 10 rebounds.
“That’s pretty good,” Moore said of breaking his coach’s scoring record. “He’s kind of like a dad to me. He works me out every day and I appreciate everything he does for me.”
The quick and athletic Crusaders (7-3) also received 16 points from Elijah Edwards, 11 from Orlando Porter and 10 from Thad Jordan.
Sam Adkins and Corey Sweeney paced the Irish with 17 points apiece.
Huntington St. Joe (1-9) took a 5-0 lead after Adkins made a 2-pointer and a Joe Faucette 3, but from that point it was all Greater Beckley Christian. Moore scored from the block to give the Crusaders a 6-5 lead at 4:43 of the first quarter and they never trailed again.
“We didn’t know how good they were,” Moore said of St. Joe. “We wanted to come in and execute our plan. We did that. My teammates did a good job of getting me the ball.”
The Irish stayed close early. Greater Beckley Christian led just 15-12 after one quarter, began the second period with a 15-0 run on their way to a 39-point quarter to take control in racing to a 54-36 halftime lead.
The Crusaders hadn’t played especially good defense in the first half but did in the second. Adkins scored 14 in the first half but was limited to three points in the final two quarters, during which GBC outscored St. Joe 54-21.
Greater Beckley Christian led by as many as 56 points after a dunk by Moore with 3:16 left in the game.
“I’m very pleased with that,” Helton said of his team’s performance. “We played well.”
The Irish played hard but couldn’t overcome 24 turnovers nor match the Crusaders’ quickness.
St. Joe returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at home vs. Wayne. Greater Beckley Christian visits Valley-Fayette at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
GREATER BECKLEY CHRISTIAN 15 39 34 20 — 108: Moore 58, Porter 11, Jordan 10, Walton 9, Edwards 16, Smallwood 2, Graham 2.
HUNTINGTON ST. JOE 12 24 12 9 — 57: J. Price 2, Adkins 17, Hickman 3, Sweeney 17, Bolton 6, Faucette 7, Barlow 5.