Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 20, 2012

Black Diamond teams represent in Bristol

BRISTOL, Va. — It was the Black Diamond District against the rest of the Alpha tournament field and the BDD more than held its own on opening day of the four-day event.

Twin Valley made it three wins in four tries for the BDD with an impressive effort in Wednesday’s nightcap, defeating Chilhowie, 75-63, at Virginia High.

Dalton Harris scored 23 points, Logan Cantrell had a double-double with 22 points and 11 boards, and Christian Case added 13 points and nine boards for the 4-1 Panthers, who got most of their points in the paint.

“The kids played a little better inside than they have the last couple of games, especially in the second half,” Twin Valley coach Brian Moore said. “They hit a lot of threes, but we didn’t lose our composure and we were able to stay around. That was the key to the first half for us.”

Dylan Thomas hit seven of Chilhowie’s 12 three-pointers, including five before halftime, and poured in a game-high 29 points. Reid Sturgill added 20 for the Warriors, who led 31-28 at the half.

Council 57 John Battle 55

Council made just enough plays and barely enough free throws to hold off John Battle in Wednesday’s opener.

Josh Viers and Zack Tiller each scored 15 points and Cameron Presley added 13 for Council, which the lead for good, 51-50, on a Justin Mathis a free throw with 2:51 remaining.

The Cobras (3-3) took a 54-50 lead on two free throws by Viers with 2:21 remaining, but overall Council was just 7-of-15 at the line in the final 2:28. The lead was 57-52 when Raymond Luchini hit a 3 at the buzzer for John Battle (4-3).

“All our games have been close,” Council coach Patrick Wade said. “We did a much better job finishing tonight. We’re about eight or nine points away from being 6-0 and about seven or eight points away from being 0-6.

“We did a great job taking care of the basketball in the second half. We’ve just got to learn how to play better defense.”

Luchini finished with 15 points and Alex Posey added 11 for John Battle (4-2). The Trojans held a 27-18 lead before Council started its comeback by scoring the final eight points of the first half.

Mathis hauled in 10 rebounds, while Viers added four steals and four assists.

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