LOGAN, W.Va. - Just by looking at the final numbers, one might think that George Washington's Jon Elmore was a one man show for the Patriots with his 44 points at Logan on Monday night.
Despite Elmore's career-high in points, the senior had plenty of help, especially in the form of fellow senior Dominic King, who gave GW exactly what they needed at the right time to help the Patriots pull away from Logan on the road 68-48 in boys high school basketball action.
King only finished with four points but did so much more than scoring for GW (4-2) by adding nine rebounds, seven assists, and three blocks, and most of his damage came in a decisive third quarter in which the Patriots needed him the most.
With GW clinging to a one-point third quarter lead, King helped the Patriots pull away from the Wildcats, turning the smallest of leads into a 12-point cushion heading into the fourth quarter with six rebounds and three key assists. King didn't have a board at halftime.
"Dominic was great," Elmore said. "He is really stepping it up. That is what we need if we want to go far and play in March. He plays hard all the time. That's all you can say about him."
King knew he or someone needed to step up and give Elmore some help after the leading scorer for GW scored 18 of his team's 27 points at halftime.
"I just put my mindset to rebound hard and just do what i had to do," King said. "Jon is a great player but he needs some help. He can do a lot but we need to help him out. We need to start stepping up."
GW led 39-32 late in the third quarter when King assisted on a jumper and three-pointer from Chris Kay on back-to-back possessions to stretch the lead to 12, and that was the margin heading into the fourth quarter.
With GW in control, Elmore made sure their would be no comeback from Logan, draining all 13 of his free throws in the fourth quarter to ease the Patriots away from the Wildcats, turning a close game into a blowout.