The bench was the difference.
Bluefield saw an early 12-point lead evaporate in the early third period but the Beavers’ second unit jump started the rally and Bluefied beat Summers County 61-51 in the Bobcats’ Lair.
Early on it looked like it would be easy for Bluefield as an Anthony Eades jump shot gave the Beavers a 21-9 lead in the early second period.
Bobcats guard Ashton Garton triggered a Summers County rally, hitting three three-pointers and scoring 13 in the period and Bluefield’s lead was trimmed to three, 29-26 at the half.
After the break a T.J. Smith trey gave the Bobcats a 34-31 lead two minutes deep into the third quarter, causing Bluefiedl to go to its bench. The Beavers second unit out-scored Summers County 13-4 for the remainder of the period and Bluefield led 44-38 after three.
In the early fourth quarter the Bobcats cut the deficit to one point, 44-43 on a Smith three-point play. The Beavers then scored on four consecutive possessions and kept Summers County off the scoreboard during a vital 8-0 run.
D.J. Edwards led a balanced Bluefield attack with 14. He was joined in double figures by Eades with 14 and Lykel Collier with 12. Smith’s 14 paced Summers County, 4-8, Garton added 13 and freshman Dacota Thomas had 11.
The Beavers return to action Friday night at the Brushfork Armory entertaining Greenbrier East.
At Summers County
D.J. Edwards 14, Anthony Eades 13, Lykel Collier 12, Coppola 8, Woodrum 7, Price 5, Ponder 2.
SUMMERS COUNTY (n/a)
T.J. Smith 14, Ashton Garten 13, Dacota Thomas 11, Ryan 8, Lively 3, Cales 2.
Bluefield.......................15 14 15 17 — 61
Summers.......................6 20 12 13 — 51
3-point goals: BLF - None; SC 7 (Smith 3, Garten 3, Lively).