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Seneca Valley Holds Off Clarksburg in Tense Game

It seemed the postseason started early on Friday night as Seneca Valley hosted Clarksburg for a game that felt more like a playoff matchup than the last regular season game of the season. The large crowd with supporters of both teams added to the intensity for the Eagles’ senior night send-off, which saw Seneca Valley’s outstanding senior point guard, Triston Price return to action for the first time in more than a month.

After allowing a 20 point lead to evaporate, Seneca Valley was able to hold off a hard-charging Clarksburg team to win 59-52. The Eagles end the regular season 15-7, and the Coyotes drop to an even 11-11 on the year.

Seneca Valley had 11 fast-break points in the first quarter to help build the lead.

“We looked like ourselves there for a while in the first half and for a bit in the second half,” said Seneca Valley Head Coach Brian Humphrey. The Eagles led 26-7 after the first quarter, and much of that was attributable to Price’s return from an MCL injury suffered Jan. 12 in a game against Northwood. “Triston was on a timer so we could only play him for two minutes and we had to take him out,” said Humphrey. “As a result, we would get into a flow, and he’d come, and we’d get out of that flow, and get back in when he was playing.”

In limited time and playing at about 80 percent of his capacity, Price was able to score 13 points, on five field goal, and a three-pointer.

“I had to keep the injury out of my head and just play for my team,” said Price. “I had to keep my composure. I am just happy I am playing again. This is my last regular season game. It feels good.”

Seneca was led by sophomore Mazae Blake who netted 17 points on three-twos, and three-threes and shot two from the foul line. In all, the Eagles had four players in double-digits, Price, Blake, and seniors Harold Dotson and Manasseh Joaquin. Joaquin added 11 points, and Dotson had 10 points in the game.