QUINCY, W.Va. -- George Washington standout Jon Elmore had heard it from the Riverside student section all game, including some less-than-flattering chants.
In the end, Elmore quieted the Warrior faithful, making all the key plays in the second half to help the Patriots pull away late in earning a 52-43 road victory at Riverside in boys high school basketball action Wednesday night.
"I heard them but I try and tune them out," Elmore said. "I try to not let other factors bother my game. I just go out there and play. It is pretty nice when you give them a reason to quiet down."
In the second half, Elmore scored or assisted on every GW point on his way to a game-high 33 points in helping the Patriots (8-2) stave off Riverside (5-4), which had tied the game at 35 midway through the fourth quarter.
Elmore scored nine of the Patriots 11 third quarter points, assisting on the other basket, and in the fourth quarter, scored 13 of the 18 GW tallies and assisted on the other two scores.
"Jon is just really, really good," GW coach Rick Greene said. "There is a lot of really good players but there is nobody I would trade him for. No disrespect to anybody. He has got to be talked about as the best player in the state. He has to be in that conversation."
After Riverside erased a five-point deficit to start the fourth quarter and tie the game at 35, Elmore hit a 3-pointer to give the Patriots the lead back with 5:03 remaining.
The Warriors cut the deficit to one, but Elmore grabbed an offensive rebound and hit Alex Lewis for another key 3-pointer to give the Patriots a 41-37 lead with 3:25 left.
Quan Brock hit a mid-range jumper to trim the lead to two, but a 9-0 run for GW finally helped the Patriots pull away.
Elmore scored the first seven points in the run and assisted Anthony Dean for the other GW score. In the decisive fourth quarter, Elmore scored 13 of his 33 points, and for the game, added 10 rebounds and five assists.