ASHTON, W.Va. — The streak is over.
After starting the year with seven straight losses, the Hannan boys basketball team held on for its first victory of the season Friday night during a hard-fought 55-54 decision over visiting Elk Valley Christian in a non-conference matchup in Mason County.
The host Wildcats (1-7) stormed out to a 13-8 lead after eight minutes of play, then went on a 12-9 run in the second canto for a comfortable 25-17 cushion at the intermission.
The guests, however, made a furious 21-14 charge in the third period to pull within a point at 39-38 headed into the finale, but both teams traded 16 points each down the stretch — allowing HHS to earn the one-point decision.
Jacob Taylor led Hannan with a game-high 21 points, followed by Paul Holley with 13 points and Ty Page with eight markers. Brad Fannin and Jacob Brumfield added seven and five points, respectively, while Kade McCoy rounded out the scoring with one point. The hosts were 13-of-21 at the free throw line for 62 percent.
Trey Suttle paced Elk Valley Christian with 11 points, followed by Jordan Elkins and Daniel Beverly with 10 markers apiece. EVCS was 9-of-18 at the charity stripe for 50 percent.
Hannan returns to action Tuesday when it travels to Van for a non-conference matchup at 6 p.m.