Delawder gets his, and win: W.Va.'s all-time scoring leader hits for 48 vs. Panthers

February 23, 2000

Delawder gets his, and win: W.Va.'s all-time scoring leader hits for 48 vs. Panthers

Paw Paw over HancockBy MARK KELLER / Sports Editor

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer

HANCOCK - One way or another, Josh Delawder is going to get his points. Hancock coach Jeff Spielman knew that, having faced the Paw Paw senior seven times in four seasons.

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"The thing that I've found most important," Spielman said, "is to play him tough, but not worry about him especially and make the other four guys beat you."

Delawder did get his on Wednesday, scoring 48 points. But Jordan Spencer got his too, adding 20 points to the offensive barrage as the Pirates beat Hancock, 86-68.


Spielman's hope was to keep Delawder's younger brother, Matt, from hurting the Panthers by crashing the boards and getting putback buckets.

"In the first half, the first quarter especially, it really worked," Spielman said. "Lots of times, Josh would penetrate and dish off to his brother. He says he likes to pass the ball, and he does. He does pass the ball."

But while the Panthers (8-14) tried to keep the ball out of the younger Delawder's hands, the elder brother was busy finding Spencer under the basket for the easy baskets.

Hancock led 20-19 at the end of the first period on the strength of a 10-2 run to end the quarter. But the Panthers started the second quarter ice cold, hitting just one of their first 14 shots, while Delawder and Spencer took back the lead for the Pirates by themselves.

The pair accounted for 13 of Paw Paw's points in an 18-3 run that pushed the Pirates in front 37-23 with two minutes left in the half. They led 41-29 at the half.

But the Panthers never gave in, cutting the deficit back to seven points with a quick 6-0 run midway through the third quarter. When Paw Paw's Roger Ross hit a 3-pointer to again make it a 10-point game, Hancock's Mike Hixon, who finished with 19 points and 17 rebounds, answered with a three-point play.

"He makes a difference for us," Spielman said. "The way he plays and what he does, he's probably as good a player as there is in the county. He's not a ball handler, but for his size (6-foot-1), he's a rebounder."

Jacob Pittman also had 19 points for the Panthers. Spencer Shives had 11 points, Brandon Fling had 10 and Allen Murphy had nine rebounds.

Delawder hit 13 of 27 shots from the field, including four 3-pointers. He was 16-for-22 from the foul line.

Paw Paw 86, Hancock 68

PAW PAW (86)

J. Delawder 48, Spencer 20, Ross 6, M. Delawder 12. Totals 31 18-26 86.


Keefer 6, Pittman 19, Fling 10, Shives 11, Royer 1, Hixon 19, Murphy 2. Totals 28 6-13 68.

Paw Paw 19 22 21 24 - 86

Hancock 20 9 23 16 - 68

Three-point goals - Paw Paw 6 (J. Delawder 4, Ross 2), Hancock 6 (Keefer 2, Pittman 3, Shives).

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