By BOB REDD
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
It was all business for the Bluefield Beavers in the Class AA Region III, Section 2 semifinals Wednesday night at Princeton Senior High School.
Bluefield raced out to a 41-0 lead en route to an 81-31 win over the Mount View Golden Knights. With the win the Beavers moved to Friday night’s sectional championship game against the PikeView Panthers.
Beavers head coach Buster Large said, “It’s nice to move on. We had a lot of movement, a lot of fluid, a lot of energy and obviously we played everybody. It was a good win. I’m glad we’re playing in the (sectional) championship. We are going to have to be focused Friday night.”
Baskets by Corey Coppola and D.J. Edwards forced Mount View head coach Gary Brown to call timeout 84 seconds into the game. Edwards followed by making a basket and adding the free throw and the rout was on.
Lykel Coller’s three with 3:00 in the quarter made it 20-0 and the first of three treys by Anthony Eades in the opening stanza made it 23-zip. Bluefield led 35-0 after the first eight minutes of action during which the Golden Knights committed 13 turnovers.
The onslaught continued into the second quarter, Bluefield moving ahead 41-0 before Kenneth Brown scored Mount View’s first basket with 6:22 to play in the second.
With 4:35 to play before the half and Bluefield up 48-4, Edwards, Eades, Collier and Coppola went to the bench for the night, never to return to the hardwood for the Beavers.
Bluefield led 57-12 at halftime and 67-22 at the end of three.
All 12 Bluefield players scored, four in double-digits led by Collier with 13 and Edwards with 12. Eades and Jordan Huckleberry tallied 11 apiece.
“We’re going to be well rested for Friday,” Large said. “You try not to take a chance of injury. We like that we have a good second team and thereafter. We got a lot of people in the game and I’m very happy to get this win and happy our team is playing in the championship.”
Mount View was paced by Kenneth Brown and Rashawn Brooks with nine each.
It was the third time this season Mount View lost to Bluefield. The previous scores were 91-21 and 68-23. Coach Brown talked about his team’s performance.
“Our guys aren’t capable at this point in time of recognizing defenses as well as we should. They still look to me to get starry eyed,” Brown said. “I just think for the most part we are not ready to accept the challenge of playing a team that’s in the upper echelon and you can tell.
“Every time we’ve played them we start out the same way. It’s not just turning the ball over, we get point blank shots and can’t even make a shot. So to me that’s more nerves than anything. I don’t know how you overcome that until skill level gets better and you play against better competition which enables you to have a confidence to going about playing. Right now we don’t have that confidence when we play against better teams.”
Mount View concluded its season with a 7-16 record. Bluefield improved to 20-2.
At Ralph Ball Court
MOUNT VIEW (7-16)
Sydney George 0 0-0 0, Taylor Morrow 0 0-0 0, Rashawn Brooks 2 4-4 9, Kobe Brown 1 0-0 3, Jaedon Burress 2 0-0 5, Zack Mitchell 0 0-0 0, Tim Nowlin 0 0-0 0, Kenneth Brown 4 1-3 9, Ellis Bryson 0 1-2 1, Jacquane Imes 0 0-0 0, Marquis Bonds 1 1-4 3, Donnell Bonds 0 0-0 0, Marlin Marrs 0 1-2 1, Totals 10 8-15 31.
Dakoda Smalls 2 1-4 6, D.J. Edwards 4 4-4 12, Anthony Eades 4 0-0 11, Lykel Collier 5 1-1 13, Omar Logan 1 0-0 2, Michael Yost 1 0-1 2, Jordan Ponder 3 1-2 8, Corey Coppola 3 0-0 6, Matthew Woodrum 2 1-2 5, Azir Price 1 2-5 4, Tyler Easley 0 1-2 1, Jordan Huckleberry 5 1-2 11, Totals 31 12-23 81
Mount View......................0 12 10 9 — 31
Bluefield........................35 22 10 14 — 81
3-point goals: MV - 3 (Brooks, Kobe Brown, Burress); B - 7 (Eades 3, Collier 2, Ponder, Smalls). Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: B - Huckleberry.