Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 21, 2013

Bluefield crushes Mount View by 70

BRUSHFORK — The defending Class AA state champion Bluefield Beavers gave a performance befitting late February on Friday night at the Brushfork Armory in the opening night of the Bluefield Invitational by recording a 91-21 victory over Mount View.

There was little evidence this was only the Beavers’ third game of the season, as their full court press worked to almost perfection, forcing 11 Golden Knight turnovers in the first quarter alone.

Offensively Bluefield ran and ran and ran, whether it was following a View turnover or on a defensive rebound, the Beavers scored the first 15 points of the game and led 34-4 after the initial eight minutes.

Sub Jordan Huckleberry put an exclamation point on the opening frame with a thunderous dunk following a Mount View giveaway with eight seconds showing.

Coach Buster Large substituted liberally late in the opening period and throughout the entire contest.

He remarked after the game, “We have a lot of respect for the Mount View program. I certainly understand they have a young ball club. We played our bench almost three-quarters of the time.”

Senior Anthony Eades led a quartet of double digit scorers for the now 3-0 Beavers with 20 points including 10 in that opening frame. Sub Azir Price followed with 14, as starters Michael Yost and Lykel Collier chipped in 12 and 10 points respectively.

In that inaugural period, Bluefield knocked down 13 of 16 shots from the field, including 9 of 9 from inside the three point arc.

The Beavers led 54-11 at the break, finishing the half connecting on 21-of-34 shot tries or 62 percent.

Golden Knight head coach Gary Brown, who called a timeout only 20 seconds into the game and another at the 5:31 mark of the first, assessed, “We had a game plan and didn’t come close to executing it. … I felt good about what we were going to do. We just got too excited and didn’t do at all what we have practiced the last two days.”

Senior Paco Bonds led the now 0-3 Golden Knights with eight points.

Concluded Large, “I’m happy to win.  We tried to have a lot of class about it (by playing his bench so early and often).”

The finals of the tourney will be tonight, with Mount View meeting PikeView at 5:30 p.m. and Bluefield facing Oak Hill in the nightcap.

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