The Glenvar boys lost for the first time Tuesday after opening the season with six straight wins. Cave Spring took a 63-53 win at the Glenvar gym.
The Highlanders gave the Knights all they could handle, leading by 11 at one point in the third quarter and five at the half. Cave Spring turned up the defensive pressure in the third quarter and took control, opening a double digit lead themselves. Glenvar got as close as seven in the fourth quarter but couldn’t catch up.
Stephen Barber led Glenvar with 16 points and Tyler Johnson had 11. Cave Spring improved to 5-1 with their only loss coming against undefeated Northside by just three points.
“They’re the best team we’ve seen so far,” said Glenvar coach Cliff Bordewisch of Cave Spring. “This is the kind of team we’ll see come conference time when we play Radford and James River. I’ll be anxious to see how we respond.”
The Highlanders won’t have long to find out as they’re back in action tonight against another Class 3 team, Staunton River. The Highlanders will host the Golden Eagles beginning with a 5:30 pm jayvee game, then next Monday they’ll play their sixth straight home game when William Byrd comes to town. The Highlanders beat both Staunton River and the Terriers the first time around on the road.
Tonight’s game will be the fourth in eight days for Glenvar. Last Thursday they beat the other south Roanoke County team, as they defeated Hidden Valley 70-47 at GHS. Barber had 17 points to lead a balanced attack with Aiden Alexander scoring 11, Elijah Carter and Lawson Simmons scoring nine each, Tyler Johnson with eight and Ty Bolling with seven.
On Monday Glenvar rolled over Giles, 68-30. Barber had 20 of his 23 points in the first half as Bordewisch was able to clear the bench with a big lead in the second half. Aiden Alexander had 10 points and Gabe Ford had nine points and seven rebounds.
“I was pleased with our defense,” said Bordewisch. “Their big kid(Dunford) had 19 against us the first time and this time we held him to seven.”
After Monday’s game with Byrd the Highlanders are off until December 30 when they have a rematch with the Knights at Cave Spring.