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Borders pours in 30 as Hornets rally by HSJ

Coal Grove Hornets’ Cory Borders hit eight 3-pointers and scored 30 points to lead a 64-56 win over Huntington St. Joseph on Saturday. (Photo by Tim Gearhart)

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Now that’s the Cory Borders the Coal Grove Hornets know.
Missing half the season with a dislocated kneecap and returning to action at about 75 percent, the Hornets senior guard has been trying to play his way back into shape.
Borders bombed in eight 3-pointer as he scored 30 points to lead a huge second half comeback by the Hornets as they beat the Huntington St. Joseph Irish 64-56 on Saturday.
Coal Grove (5-14) trailed by 13 points at the half but outscored the Irish 52-31 in the second half as Borders scored 27 of his total.
The game was tied 10-10 after the first quarter. Borders and Tait Matney hit 3-pointers for the Hornets while Zavion Johnson hit a 3-pointer and scored 5 points and Jaylen Motley scored 4 points for the Irish (8-9).
Coal Grove managed just two foul shots in the second quarter while Motley and Johnson combined for 13 points to give St. Joseph a 25-12 halftime lead.
But then the Hornets got hot in the third quarter as they outscored the Irish 27-14.
Borders drained three 3-pointers, Malachi Wheeler knocked down a pair of triples and Matney scored 5 points as Coal Grove tied the game at 39.
Christian Lane scored 8 points and Motley 6 to account for the St. Joseph total.
Borders proved he was just heating up in the third quarter as he came back to bury four 3-pointers and make 6-of-8 free throw as Coal Grove outscore the Irish 25-17.
Gunnell Hickman hit a 3-pointer and scored 8 points for the Irish.
Besides Borders, Matney and Wheeler scored 8 points each while Evan Gannon had 7 and Peyton Smith 6.
Motley and Johnson got 19 points each while Lane added 12 for the Irish.
UP NEXT: Coal Grove goes to Green on Tuesday.
Coal Grove 10 2 27 25 = 64
Hunt. St. Joe 10 15 14 17 = 56
COAL GROVE (5-14): Perry Kingery 0 0 0-0 0, Cory Borders0 8 6-8 30, Evan Gannon 2 1 0-2 7, Peyton Smith 2 0 2-5 6, Tait Matney 2 1 1-1 8, Luke Ferguson 0 0 1-2 1, Malachi Wheeler 1 2 0-0 8, Jarren Hicks 2 0 0-1 4. Totals: 10 10 9-17 64.
HUNTINGTON ST. JOSEPH (8-9): Jaylen Motley 6 1 4-6 19, Mekhi Barlow 1 0 0-0 2, Christian Lane 5 0 2-4 12, Zavion Johnson 4 3 2-3 19, Gunnell Hickman 2 0 0-0 4, Caden Ehirim 0 0 0-0 0, Matt Baker 0 0 0-0 0, Crosby Short 0 0 0-0 0, Jaden Price 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 3 4-8 56. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: Barlow.