Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 8, 2014

McDowell rivalry goes to Golden Knights

WELCH — Mount View assistant coach Kenny Brown summed things up following the Golden Knights’ 46-35 win on Friday over the River View Raiders on the Ergie Smith Court at the Castle, “It’s a good rivalry. It’s a good county rivalry.”

The Knights led the entire way, other than a 2:19 span of the third, to claim their fourth win in thirteen outings.

Tight defenses by both teams translated into poor shooting by each.  Another by-product of the in-your-face defenses was a total of 39 turnovers, 20 by the Golden Knights and 19 by the Raiders.

The opening chapter was much like a boxing match between a pair of heavyweights, with each team feeling the other out. Mount View did not score until the 6:01 mark of the inaugural quarter and it was a full 3:45 later before the Raiders would light the scoreboard to knot the count at two.

A Paco Bonds rebound goal, followed by back-to-back Juwan Diggs scores staked the Golden Knights to an 8-2 advantage after the initial eight minutes.

The difference in the stanza, with each team playing man-to-man, was shooting, as Mount View converted four-of-seventeen shots, while the Raiders could muster only one-of sixteen attempts.

Taylor DeHaven, this week’s Pocahontas Coal Association/Bluefield Daily Telegraph Player of the Week, scored on a drive and added a freebie 34 seconds later for River View and sophomore Tyree Baker capped a four point run with another charity toss to close to within two, at 8-6.

The Golden Knights went on a nine point tear to open up an eleven point margin before the Raiders did likewise to again come within two, with 1:51 showing.

That two point difference is where the pair of Views stood at the break, with the Knights on top 20-18.

Baker scored 11 of his game high 19 points in that second period.

Mount View’s Rashawn Brooks’ goal at the 5:57 mark of the third extended the lead, ever so briefly, to 24-20.

Baker found the range with a trey, was fouled, and canned the bonus to produce the second and final tie.

Senior T. J. Stacy’s jumper from the left edged the Raiders ahead 26-24 for their only lead of the night before Paco Bonds and Timothy Nowlin scored consecutive buckets, capped by a pair of Ellis Bryson freebies to retake the advantage for keeps.

A defensive deployment change by the Knights in the third paid big dividends, as they went to a 2-3 zone that forced River View to attack  from the perimeter, converting only one-of-seventeen threes in the final sixteen minutes.

Dee Duff’s foul shot with 6:15 showing in the fourth closed the gap to 34-31, but Mount View then went on an eight point run that stretched to scoring 12 of the final 16 points to take the victory.

Brooks and Bonds scored 10 points apiece for Mount View, while Diggs chipped in 9.

Baker’s 19 took game scoring honors for the Raiders.

Another big difference for the Golden Knights in the second half was more aggressive play on the boards.  The Raiders outrebounded Mount View 28-23 in the opening half while the Knights won the battle of the boards 32-20 in the second.

Continued Coach Kenny Brown, who led the Golden Knights due to the absence of head coach Gary Brown, who had attended the funeral of a classmate at Gary High School’s wife and son, “I thought it was a tough fought game.  We knew DeHaven and Baker were their primary scorers, so we tried to keep pressure on them.”

Summed up first year River View head coach Roger Hale, “It was a long night at the office.  We couldn’t make any shots.  It seemed like everything we did went wrong…We didn’t play well all around.”

The now 6-6 Raiders will travel to East Ridge, Ky., tonight to play, while Mount View will also hit the road, visiting Wyoming East.

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