Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 21, 2013

Richlands falls to University

BRISTOL, Va. — It was a battle between Richlands freshman Luke Phillips and University High senior Marcus Taylor. Chalk one up to experience. The Bucs defeated Richlands 63-59 to grab third place in the tourney.

"They both put on a show," Richlands coach Jody Fuller said. "No. 3 (Taylor) is a great ballplayer. He can score in so many ways and is just very tough to defend. At times we would do a decent job on him but then he would break free and hurt us again."

The entire contest was a roller coaster ride. It was tied six times in the first half, including 29-all at halftime. It was again tied up at the end of the third quarter at 45-all. University High went up by four early in the fourth, but Phillips scored twice to even it up.

The Bucs went up by as many as five late in the game, but the Blues would always fight back. Ben Brown made two fouls shots to pull within 61-59 with 16 seconds remaining. Taylor hit 1-of-2 free throws to put the margin at three with 10 seconds remaining. Richlands set up for a 3-pointer but the shot wouldn't fall.

Taylor finished with 31 points for the Bucs. Phillips had a career-high 30 for the Blues.

Host Virginia High won the tournament championship defeating Lebanon 71-64.

    

UNIVERSITY HIGH (63)

Taylor 13 2-4 31, Ongtingo 1 0-0 2, Evans 4 5-7 13, Estes 1 1-2 3, Berning 0 1-2 1, J. Phillips 2 0-0 5, Horton 4 0-0 8. Totals 25 9-16 63.

RICHLANDS (59)

Phillips 11 4-5 30, Fuller 2 2-2 7, Ratliff 0 0-0 0, Brown 4 2-2 12, Johnson 1 0-0 2, Herndon 0 0-0 0, Holmes 4 0-2 8. Totals 22 8-12

59.

University High........................14  15  16  18  —  63

Richlands.................................17  12  16  14  — 59

3-point goals - University High 4 (Taylor 3, Phillips 1), Richlands 7 (L. Phillips 4, Fuller 1, Brown 2). Total fouls - University High 12, Richlands 19. Fouled out - Ratliff. Technical - Coach Penley.

Tazewell 66,  Council 50

After a tough last-second loss to Honaker in their opener in the tournament on Wednesday, the Bulldogs have now won two in a row. Tazewell (5-4) defeated Council 66-50.

"We got everything together and played an all-around team game," Tazewell coach William Lester said. "Defense is where it begins and ends with us and we picked it up today."

Four players reached double digits in a balanced game for the Bulldogs. Juwan Jordan (15), Isyah Hagy (14), Malik Davis (12) and Tanner Catron (12) were big offensively for Tazewell.

Josh Viers scored a game-high 22 points for Council (3-3). The Cobras finished with 18 turnovers.

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