Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 20, 2012

Black Diamond teams represent in Bristol

By LLOYD COMBS
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

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.



University High 62 Hurley 40

University High of Johnson City, Tenn., outscored Hurley 20-4 to close out the first half and take command of the second game of the day by halftime, when the Buccaneers held a 41-20 lead.

Marcus Taylor (20 points) and Joseph Phillips (18) each hit four 3-pointers to lead University High.

Greg Stacy posted a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Hurley (2-3). Billy Stacy hauled in 10 rebounds.

“We need that from Billy,” Hurley coach Mark Cooper said. “And Porky (Stacy), there’s not a kid around that plays harder than he does. As a team we played hard, but a lot of time we don’t know what we’re doing. We’re running, nut we don’t know why we’re running.

“There were some positives. There were some things we did better tonight than we did last time we played, but there were some things we did poorly, too. We drill, drill, drill. Hopefully, eventually it will sink in for us.



Honaker 65 Clintwood 45

In a battle between two southwest Virginia football powers hoping to contend in basketball Honaker pulled away from Clintwood, 65-45 Wednesday night.

The Tigers expected to run into Clintwood in the football finals two weeks earlier in Salem before George Wythe got in the way. Most of the same athletes met Wednesday and Honaker’s edge inside made the difference.

Honaker turned six offensive boards into 10 extra chance points in the first six minutes to build a 22-7 lead. The Tigers (2-0) made the Greenwave play from behind the rest of the night and finished with a 41-24 edge on the glass overall.

Payton Ball scored eight of his game-high 18 points on stick-backs, including six in the first period.

“Coach said you got to go after it as hard as you can as long as you can,” Ball said. “We’re athletic and we used that to our advantage.”

The 6-foot-3 senior also picked up three steals, including two in the fourth quarter, when the Tigers went on an 11-0 run to open up a 63-43 advantage with 2:26 remaining.



JOHN BATTLE (55)

Posey 5 0-0 11, Luchini 6 2-2 15, Bowman 3 2-4 8, Garrett 3 0-0 8, McMurray 4 1-6 9, Blaylock 1 0-0 2, Mills 1 0-0 2, Clark 0 0-0 0. Totals – 23 5-12 55.

COUNCIL (57)

Viers 5 4-8 15, Presley 6 0-1 13, Barton 0 0-0 0, Mathis 3 2-3 8, Bostic 1 4-4 6, Mackey 0 0-0 0, Tiller 6 2-6 15. Totals – 21 13-23 57.

John Battle..........................17  10  15  13 —  55

Council................................16  10  11  20 —  57

3-point goals – JB 4 (Garrett 2, Luchini, Posey), Cou 2 (Viers, Tiller). Total fouls-JSB 20, Cou 10. Fouled out-none. Technicals-none.



UNIVERSITY HIGH (62)

Taylor 8 0-0 20, Phillips 7 0-0 18, Holbert 3 0-0 6, Archer 8, Hurley 4, Evans 1 0-0 3, Estes 0 1-2 1, Page 0 0-0 0, Perry 1 0-0 2, Horton 0 0-0 0, Berning 0 0-0 0. Totals – 25 3-4 62.

HURLEY (40)

Peck 0 2-2 2, Gibson 1 0-1 2, G. Stacy 9 4-6 22, B. Stacy 3 1-1 7, Oliver 2 0-0 5, Hibbitts 1 0-0 2, Estep 0 0-0 0, T. Stacy 0 0-0 0, Deel 0 0-0 0. Totals – 16 7-10 40.

University High..................17  24  9   12  —  62

Hurley...................................12  8    7   13  —   40

3-point goals – UH 9 (Taylor 4, Phillips 4, Evans), Hur 1 (Oliver). Total fouls-UH 15, Hur 12. Fouled out-noone. Technicals-none.



CLINTWOOD (45)

Dy. Dahley 2 1-1 6, Turner 2 0-2 5, R. Mullins 8 1-2 17, Dal. Dahley 0 0-0 0, N. Mullins 2 0-0 4, Boggs 2 2-2 8, Meade 0 1-2 1, Rose 2 0-0 4, Ibrahim 0 0-0 0, Robinson 0 0-0 0, Dak. Dahley 0 0-0 0, Saado 0 0-0 0. Totals – 18 5-9 45.

HONAKER (65)

Hale 2 2-3 6, Dye 5 1-2 11, Hall 4 1-2 11, Lester 4 0-0 8, Ball 9 0-0 18, Ray 1 0-0 2, Harman 1 1-2 3, Osborne 0 0-0 0, Robinette 3 0-0 6. Totals – 29 5-9 65.

Clintwood..............................11  19  6   9  —  45

Honaker...............................26  12  10  17  —  65

3-point goals – Cl 4 (Boggs 2, Dy. Dahley, Turner), Hon 2 (Hall 2). Total fouls-Cl 10, Hon 8. Fouled out-none.Technicals-R. Mullins.



TWIN VALLEY (75)

Harris 8 4-5 23, Elswick 1 3-5 5, Cantrell 9 3-4 22, Adams 4 1-2 9, Case 5 2-3 13, McGlothlin 0 0-0 0, Burniston 2 0-0 4. Totals – 29 13-19 75.

CHILHOWIE (63)

Sturgill 8 1-2 20, Robertson 0 1-2 1, Heath 2 1-2 7, Thomas 9 4-4 29, Boardwine 2 2-2 6, Untiedt 0 0-0 0, McVey 0 0-0 0, Delp 0 0-0 0, Phipps 0 0-2 0. 21 9-14 63.

Twin Valley...............14  14  24  23  —  75

Chilhowie.................13  18  14  18 —  63

3-point goals – TV 4 (Harris 3, Elswick), Chil 12 (Thomas 7, Sturgill 3, Heath 2). Total fouls-TV 15, Chil 12. Fouled out-none. Technicals-TV bench, Chilhowie bench.