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Bears claim back-to-back wins over Portland Christian, St. Francis

MORGANTOWN - Butler County concluded the 2018 portion of its 2018-19 boys' high school basketball schedule with back-to-back wins over Portland Christian and St. Francis.
The Bears pulled away to beat host Portland Christian 78-63 in a boys' high school basketball game on Thursday (Dec. 27). 
Then, remaining in the win column one day later, Butler County topped visiting St. Francis 74-61 on Friday (Dec. 28). 
More on each game involving the Bears follows. 
Butler County 78, Portland Christian 63: Making itself at home on the road, Butler County shot 50 percent (28-of-56) from the field as it upended host Portland Christian 78-63 in a boys' high school basketball game on Thursday (Dec. 27). 
The Bears were 5-of-14 (35.7 percent) from 3-point range. Butler County shot 63 percent (17-of-27) from the free throw line. 
Butler County featured four scorers in double figures. Justin Elms led a balanced Butler County offensive attack with 14 points. Finishing directly behind Elms in the Butler County scoring column, Leevi McMillin and Solomon Flener netted 13 points apiece for the Bears. Another Butler County player, Jaden Hurt, added 10 points in the triumph. 
Flirting with double figures scoring for the Bears, Parker Rice pushed in nine points while Macauley Hampton added eight points. 
Jagger Henderson (five points), Brody Hunt (two points), Hayden Hodge (two points) and Jordan McGrady (two points) accounted for the rest of the Bears' scoring in the victory. 
Rice and Hunt led Butler County on the backboards, grabbing six rebounds apiece for the Bears. 
Butler County 74, St. Francis 61: Justin Elms scored 20 points to lead Butler County past visiting St. Francis 74-61 in a boys' high school basketball game on Friday (Dec. 28).
With the win, Butler County improved to 8-5.
St. Francis slipped to 3-5 with the loss. 
Butler County shot 49.1 percent (26-of-53) from the field. The Bears were 10-of-19 (52.6 percent) from 3-point range, faring even better beyond the arc. 
Butler County shot 63.2 percent (12-of-19) from the free throw line. 
Jaden Hurt scored 19 points while Parker Rice posted 18 points for the Bears.
Other scorers for Butler County were Solomon Flener (seven points), Hayden Hodge (four points), Leevi McMillin (two points), Jagger Henderson (two points) and Brody Hunt (two points).
Rice and Flener ranked as Butler County's top two rebounders, pulling down six rebounds and five rebounds, respectively.  
In its next outing, Butler County is due to visit Grayson County for a 12th District boys' basketball game on Friday, Jan. 4. 

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