By GARY DOVE
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
After playing the Phelps Hornets on even terms in the opening quarter, the River View Raiders knocked down 53 percent of their shots over the last three frames to capture their second consecutive win of the season last night.
Phelps turned the ball over eight times in the initial period, while the Raiders canned only 4-of-19 shots from the floor, as the two clubs battled to a 9-all tie after the inaugural eight minutes.
Other than deadlocks at 2, 4 and 9, the Hornets, who are now 2-14, led the entire first chapter.
Zach Avina scored following a steal to start the second, but the View scored 14 of the next 17 points to take a 25-14 advantage at the half.
Taylor DeHaven started the string with a three, giving the Raiders their first lead of the night at 12-11, an edge they would not relinquish the remainder of the contest. Joseph McClanahan and Tyree Baker followed with back-to-back goals.
Devon Smith interrupted that seven point spurt with a free throw before DeHaven scored on the break and then started another seven point run to close out the half.
Chris Stump scored from inside between those two DeHaven buckets, while Baker and Zach Morgan wrapped up the first half scoring.
River View closed out the win, outscoring the Hornets 54-24 in the second half.
Assessed Raider head coach Don Smith, "I thought we played really up and down tonight. When we were playing well, we were playing fast...We're starting to come together."
DeHaven and Baker paced the Raiders with 18 points each, while Tony Clevenger chipped in 10. Nine of the ten View players who saw action scored. Baker dished out five assists.
Tate Compton and Stump led the Phelps offense with eight apiece.
The Hornets outrebounded their hosts 39-36. Smith and Avina hauled down six misfires each for Phelps, while DeHaven grabbed eight rebounds for River View.
The Raiders ended the contest shooting 44 percent from the floor, while Phelps made but 33 percent.
The Hornets turned the ball over 31 times and the View recorded only 13 giveaways.
Continued Coach Smith, "We're starting to come together. I like the way our kids play. They play together and have good chemistry."
River View will play Bluefield Friday night at the Brushfork Armory.
at River View High School
Devon Smith 2 2-4 6, Tate Compton 3 0-2 8, Leon Blankenship 2 0-0 4, Chris Stump 2 4-4 8, Zach Avina 3 1-1 7, Dalton Willard 0 3-8 3, Kyle Snead 1 0-0 2. Totals 13 10-19 38.
RIVER VIEW (79)
RIVER VIEW: Tony Clevenger 4 0-0 10, Tyree Baker 8 1-2 18, Zach Morgan 3 0-0 6, Dakota Collins 1 0-0 2, Taylor DeHaven 7 0-0 18, Joseph McClanahan 1 1-2 3, Jordan Wilson 3 2-4 8, Jimmy Baker 3 0-0 9, Todd Coeburn 2 0-0 5. Totals 32 4-8 79.
Phelps...................................9 5 7 17 — 38
River View.............................9 16 25 29 — 79
Three Point Goals: P 2 (Compton 2); RV 11 (DeHaven 4, J. Baker 3, Clevenger 2, T. Baker, Coeburn 1). Fouled out: None. JV game: River View won