\r\n\r\n<strong>By Mark Robinson<\/strong>\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_24782" align="alignnone" width="1505"]<a href="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/?attachment_id=24782" rel="attachment wp-att-24782"><img class="size-full wp-image-24782" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2017\/02\/Jasiah-Rawls-and-Seth-Brown-East-v-Princeton.jpg" alt="" width="1505" height="1518" \/><\/a> (Photo by Mark Robinson)<br \/>Jasiah Rawls (left) and Seth Brown, of Greenbrier East\u2019s basketball team, try to locate the ball in a flurry of arms, including those of Princeton\u2019s Jared Hamm, in the background. Rawls has the ball, and East had the game, 76-62.[\/caption]\r\n<h1>The Spartans hosted Princeton Friday night, and Elkins Saturday night, and won both games convincingly.<\/h1>\r\n[caption id="attachment_24783" align="alignright" width="300"]<a href="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/?attachment_id=24783" rel="attachment wp-att-24783"><img class="wp-image-24783 size-medium" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2017\/02\/Nethaniel-Patton-East-v.-Elkins-300x199.jpg" width="300" height="199" \/><\/a> (Photo by Mark Robinson)<br \/> In a game against Elkins Saturday night, Nethaniel Patton drives to the basket in heavy traffic. East won the game, 64-47.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nPrinceton lost, 76-62. Elkins lost their game, 64-47. Princeton had defeated East earlier in the season, 59-54, on some very hot shooting.\r\n\r\nThis time around, the defense was tougher, and Seth Brown led the way in scoring, with timely help from Nethaniel Patton and Evan Canterbury, who hit baskets at key moments. Seth Brown scored 26 points, Patton 16, Canterbury 14. Cade Fix scored 22 for Princeton, and Drew Hopkins had 16.\r\n\r\nPrinceton\u2019s ball handling was good, and they moved the ball well, but shots weren\u2019t dropping, and they had some matchup difficulties on defense. Princeton, a AAA school, came into the game 6-11. Coach Ernie Gilliard said before the game, \u201cWe want to play fast, we want to play pressure, but there are some things that have to happen for us to be able to do that.\u201d\r\n\r\nCoach Jim Justice said before the game, \u201cThey shot the blooming eyes out of it down there in Princeton. In all honesty, we jumped out to an early lead, all of a sudden they got back in the game and they got the momentum going their way. Crowd behind them. They had their marching band there, of all things, in the gym. They were running on enthusiasm, and I\u2019m sure they\u2019re fired up here tonight. This game will determine where the first sectional game will be played, whether we play in Princeton or we play here.\u201d\r\n\r\nBrown hit 16 of 16 foul shots, one of the best performances at the line ever at Greenbrier East. Interviewing Brown after the game, Jeff Campbell, radio announcer at the Spartan gym, listed several record performances from the foul line, and noted that Brown was right up there with the best, dating back to the 1970s.\r\n<h2>Brown said afterward, \u201cWe knew they were going to come out and play us in a man, and we needed to share the ball and keep the turnovers to a minimum, and try and go to the basket and get to the free throw line, which I thought we did well.\u201d<\/h2>\r\nAfter the game, Justice said, \u201cPrinceton is strong, and they battled. Heck of a game out of Seth tonight. We used a lot of defenses. We changed non-stop. We changed from a man, to a 1-3-1, to a diamond press, to a 2-3. All the time.\u201d\r\n\r\nOn Saturday the 7-12 Elkins Tigers came to Fairlea. The game looked like it might be a good one early in the contest, as the teams were tied 10-10. But at that point East began to pull away, leading 21-12 at the end of the first quarter, and 43-22 at the half. At the end of the third quarter it was 57-28. Elkins had no one who was able to penetrate into the lane, so they were often confined to outside shots.\r\n\r\nCoach Brandon Simmons for Elkins said at halftime, \u201cWe gave up 20 points in the paint, that\u2019s too many. We have to protect the paint better, get out on shooters. They\u2019re hitting the threes. We have to bring up the intensity level to match theirs.\u201d\r\n\r\nJustice said afterward, \u201cWe were hitting 58 percent of our threes at halftime tonight. That\u2019s good.\u201d Jasiah Rawls sat this game because of a twisted ankle.\r\n\r\nPatton commented after the game that switching defenses helped a lot. The second quarter was key, getting steals on the transition game, and stretching out a lead after a tighter first quarter.\r\n\r\nEast\u2019s record after the Elkins game was 13-5.