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Generals cap five-star run with Grand Classic title

Kevin Mays • Dec 31, 2019 at 1:45 AM

WISE — For any doubters, Lee High boys basketball is for real this season.

The Generals played with lots of energy and emotion throughout Monday’s game and captured the championship with a 62-50 win over Mountain 7 District rival Union on the final day of the sixth annual Grand Home Furnishings Holiday Classic at the Virginia-Wise Prior Convocation Center.

The victory was the sixth in a row for the Generals (9-1), who have not lost since Dec. 13 against J.I. Burton. It’s Lee’s best start in recent memory.

View the photos from Monday’s games

“When I took this job, I knew what I was getting myself into, but these guys have responded,” said Lee coach Kevon Honeycutt. “Beating Ridgeview (in the tournament semifinals) and beating Union, it’s a big statement for us.

“I know it’s not a district game, but it’s a district opponent and we’re winning them.”

The game had all the intensity and excitement of any championship, featuring aggressive and physical play from both squads.

Lee High took the lead early and kept it in the first half, leading the Bears 31-26 at the halftime intermission. But with four seconds left in the third quarter, Peyton Honeycutt hit a layup to put the Bears up 37-36 entering the final period.

Lee High then opened the fourth quarter with a 7-0 run to build a 43-37 lead with 4:37 remaining and rode out the victory from there.

Tournament MVP Jacob Whitaker finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Generals. Brayden Bundy had 16 points and Jaxon Collier and Tyler Tabor added 12 each.

Union (5-3) got 12 points from Malachai Jenkins.

Lee High and Union both move into Mountain 7 play this Friday. Union hosts Abingdon and Lee High is at home against Wise Central.

RIDGEVIEW 62, RICHLANDS 50

Ridgeview continued its best-ever start by beating Richlands in the third-place game.

The Wolfpack (8-3) got 18 points from Gabe Brown, 12 from Austin Mullins 10 from Brody Counts. Trenton Adkins hauled down a dozen rebounds in the win.

Richlands (4-4) got a game-high 24 points and 11 rebounds from Cade Simmons, and Cade Berry added 13 points.

HONAKER 65, J.I. BURTON 61

Honaker (4-5) hit four free throws in the final 16 seconds to take the consolation win over J.I. Burton.

Grayson Honaker hit a basket with 29 seconds left in regulation to put the Tigers up 61-59. He followed his shot with two free throws for a 63-59 lead with 16 seconds to play.

After J.I. Burton (5-3) pulled to within two, 63-61, Honaker’s T.J. Mullins sealed the win with two more free throws.

Grayson Honaker led the Tigers with 28 points,. Trajon Boyd had 20 points and Mullins totaled 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Burton got 23 points from Zac Campbell. Ethan Lindsey finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds, Trevor Culbertson added 12 points and Mikey Culbertson snagged 10 boards.

EASTSIDE 50, VIRGINIA HIGH 42

Ethan Powers helped spark an Eastside rally in the fourth quarter when the Spartans (3-4) outscored Virginia High 20-7.

The Bearcats (3-4) led 35-30 after three quarters.

Powers finished with 24 points.

Jake Johnston led Virginia High with 15 points. Gavin Austin added 12 points and Jean Mulumba had 12 rebounds.

GRUNDY 78, NORTHWOOD 68

Grundy junior Cade Looney finished four points away from tying the tournament record and one rebound shy of the tournament mark.

Looney scored 44 points and pulled down 22 rebounds for the Golden Wave (6-1). Blake Meadows added 10 points, Corey Keene snagged 17 rebounds and Jake McCoy added 10.

Northwood (3-4) got 23 points and 11 rebounds from Luke Carter. Mike Frye scored 16 points and Seth Debusk 12.

CHILHOWIE 63, RYE COVE 48

Chilhowie (5-6) broke a 44-44 tie after three quarters by outscoring Rye Cove 19-4 in the fourth.

Ray Berry led the Warriors with 21 points and Jonathan Phelps had 12.

Rye Cove (4-4) got 14 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots from Ethan Chavez. Mason Hardin finished with 10 points.