Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 20, 2012

Black Diamond District teams continue at Bristol tournament

By ANTHONY STEVENS
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BRISTOL, Va. — The winner’s bracket semifinals are set for the Alpha Natural Resources Basketball Classic. Honaker will face Virginia High and Lebanon will battle Clintwood tonight.

At the Bearcat Den at Virginia High School on Thursday, Honaker continued to roll winning their third straight contest at the start of the season The Tigers were never tied and never trailed as they rolled by Eastside 73-42 in the quarterfinals.

“I’m really pleased with how we are progressing so far,” said Honaker coach Marcus Dunham.

“Tonight, it was a great team effort from all nine guys. Bottom line, we hustled and got after it and that was the tale of the tape.”

Ty Hall opened the game dropping in a 3-pointer from the top of the key and the Tigers never looked back. They led 17-8 after the first quarter and held a 37-19 advantage at halftime. Honaker outscored the Spartans in every quarter. Honaker was 27-of-48 from the floor making 56 percent of their shots.

“We want to emphasize going hard,” Dunham said. “We’re going to go hard from the opening tip to the final horn. But we still want to be under control and we’re getting our basketball legs under us.”

Payton Ball had another huge night with 19 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Casey Dye had his best offensive output of the season with 17 points. Ty Hall added 13 points, six assists and four steals.  Casey Harman with seven rebounds, with two blocked shots and Tanner Robinette added six rebounds and six points.

“With these guys, they put the team first,” remarked Dunham. “They don’t care who scored the most points, they are just having a good time and winning basketball games.”

Eastside was led by Forrest Lunsford with 16 points.

“They outworked us the first quarter and in the first half,” Eastside coach Patrick Damron said.

“Honaker plays smart basketball and they run their fast break really well.

“They had 10 offensive rebounds in the first half to get some easy baskets.

“We couldn’t really get any stops on defense. Tonight was not a good night for us, I don’t know if it was us or if Honaker is just a really good team.”

    

At Virginia High

EASTSIDE (42)

Yates 0 1-2 1, Milgrim 2 0-0 4, Sexton 0 1-2 1, Lawson 0 1-2 1, Cusano 1 0-0  3, Yeary 1 2-4 4, Buchanan 0 2-2 2, E. Banks 2 0-0 5, Helbert 0 0-0 0, Lunsford 6 4-4 16, Green 0 0-0 0, Riner 2 1-2 5. Totals 14 12-18 42.

HONAKER (73)

Hale 0 2-2 2, Dye 8 1-3 17, Ray 2 2-2 6, Hall 4 3-4 13, Lester 3 2-2 8, Harman 1 0-0 2, Ball 6 7-8 19, Osborne 0 0-0 0, Robinette 3 0-0 6. Totals 27 17-21 73.

Eastside...............................8   11  11  12  —  42

Honaker.............................17  20  16  20  —  73

3-point goals – Eastside 2 (Cusano 1, E. Banks 1), Honaker 2 (Hall 2). Total fouls – Eastside 13, Honaker 18. Fouled out - none. Technicals – none.



Castlewood 43, Council 27

The Blue Devils exploded in the second half to take a 43-27 win over Council. The game was tied 20-20 at halftime but Castlewood outscored the Cobras 23-7 in the second half. Council only had two field goals in the final 16 minutes and both came in the fourth quarter.

“We’ve had several games in a row and I think we just got tired,” Council coach Patrick Wade said.

“Castlewood did a good job of making some adjustments in the second half. We missed some open layups and we only got 29 shots off tonight.”

The 1-2 punch of Tyler Austin (20 points) and Reid Edmonds (11) provided over half of the Blue Devils points. But it was the Castlewood defense that was the difference in the game. The Cobras finished with 20 turnovers.

“We played with more intensity in the second half,” Castlewood coach Doug Campbell said.

“We worked the ball better against their zone and got the shots we wanted to take, instead of settling for the shots they wanted us to take.”

Cameron Presley finished with nine points for the Cobras. Justin Mathis and Keeton Bostic added six points each in the loss.        



CASTLEWOOD (43)

Edmonds 4 1-3 11, Summers 0 0-0 0, Austin 8 2-3 20, Moore 0 0-0 0, Trent 3 1-3 7, Collins 1 0-0 3, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Slemp 1 0-0 2, Couch 0 0-0 0, Addington 0 0-0 0, Grizzel 0 0-0 0, Maeda 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 4-9 43.

COUNCIL (27)

Mackey 0 0-0 0, Viers 1 1-2 3, Presley 3 3-4 9, Boyd 0 0-0 0, Barton 0 0-0 0, Tiller 1 1-2 3, Mathis 3 0-0 6, K. Bostic 3 0-0 6, T. Bostic 0 0-0 0, Duty 0 0-0 0, Thompson 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 5-8 27.

Castlewood..........................8   12  16  7   —  43

Council.................................10  10   2   5  —  27

3-point goals – Castlewood 5 (Edmonds 2, Austin 2, Collins 1), Council none. Total fouls – Castlewood 10, Council 12. Fouled out - none. Technicals – none.



Virginia High 62, Twin Valley 35

The host Virginia High Bearcats overcame a slow start to defeat Twin Valley 62-35. The Panthers had beat Virginia High earlier this season.

Twin Valley kept it close early, but struggled to get shots to fall. The Panthers had only 10 points in the first half and trailed by 13 points at the half.

“The first six minutes of the game, the pace was right where we wanted it,” Twin Valley coach Brian Moore said. “But they gradually started pulling away.”

Twin Valley (4-2) struggled to hold on to the ball finishing with 27 turnovers. They didn’t have an answer for the Bearcats Nick Howard who finished with 21 points and Zach Bossard who dropped in 18 points.

No one reached double figures for the Panthers.

Dalton Harris led the team with seven points.



VIRGINIA HIGH (62)

Obuekwe 0 1-2 1, Lang 0 2-2 2, Reisler 0 0-2 0, Lee 3 2-5 8, Howard 7 3-4 21, Bossard 6 6-9 18, Fudge 3 1-4 7, Clisby 0 1-4 1, Rasnick 1 1-2 4. Totals 20 17-34 62.

TWIN VALLEY (35)

Harris 3 0-0 7, Meadows 1 0-0 3, Elswick 0 0-2 0, Cantrell 1 3-5 5, Presley 0 0-0 0, Adams 2 1-5 5, McGlothlin 1 0-0 2, Burniston 1 1-4 3, Moore 2 0-0 4, Case 1 4-6, Helbert 0 0-0 0, Horne 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 9-22 35.

Virginia High.....................13  10  18  21  —  62

Twin Valley..........................8   2   13  12  —  35

3-point goals – Virginia High 5 (Howard 4, Rasnick 1), Twin Valley 2 (Harris 1, Meadows 1). Total fouls – Virginia High 19, Twin Valley 25. Fouled out - none. Technicals – none.