TAZEWELL, Va. —
Sweet 16 was the (bottom) line.
Juwan Jordan drilled home 31 points including 16-of-16 at the free throw line, and Tazewell placed four starters in double digits to earn a 78-70 win over Richlands Thursday.
Jordan, a junior, highlighted the game which featured senior night, Sweetheart Court, and tribute to the late Bill Mitchell. Richlands fell behind but put on a dazzling outside shooting display to grab a four-point halftime lead. The Blues fired in 11 treys during the night.
Malik Davis and Isyah Hagy ignited a second-half surge for THS, however, and the Dogs ran off a 24-9 spurt that ultimately spelled the difference.
Richlands’ Cody Fuller kept the Blues (7-12) close with his deadly accuracy, notching five three-pointers and drilling home 22 points. The Tornado, at one time playing five freshman, played hard throughout and kept things close with standout shooting.
Tazewell (8-10), saw Richlands close to within three points, 56-53, on a pair of free throws by Luke Phillips, but the Dogs battled back and sealed the win with a clutch foul-shooting effort of their own in the last two minutes.
“Our job was to get the ball inside, take the good shots, and try to knock down free throws if we could,” said Jordan, who had his second straight 30-plus-point game after getting 33 against Virginia High Tuesday.
“This was a tough loss,” said Richlands coach Jody Fuller. “We knew it would be a tough game. Give Tazewell a lot of credit, they did what they had to tonight. We played hard all the way and I am pleased with our effort.”
For the Blues, Cody Fuller was Mr. Outside.
He said, “It was a real tough game to lose. We tried so hard. I was proud of my teammates. Luke Phillips and Ethan Ratliff really worked to get me the ball. I was able to make some shots but we came just a little short tonight on the scoreboard.”
Ratliff popped in 13 for the Blues and Phillips added 12.
Malik Davis (11) and Isyah Hagy (12) were a steady pair for Tazewell. Davis was strong inside with 9 rebounds for THS.
Colin Hancock added 11 for Tazewell. Tazewell sparkled at the foul line, hitting 25-for-34, while Richlands made a dandy 17-of-13 freebies.
“I’m very proud of my whole team,” said Tazewell mentor William Lester. “We won as a team. Juwan did have another great night and he is a leader out there for us. Malik stepped up, too, and made some good adjustments. We really needed this win for our conference standings. This was big.”
Brianna Tabor was crowned Sweetheart Queen at halftime.
Tazewell travels to Abingdon Tuesday while Richlands plays Mountain Mission Saturday.
At Tazewell Middle School
Luke Phillips 12, Cody Fuller 22, Ethan Ratliff 13, Scottie Ball 8, Ben Brown 9, Zachary Johnson 2, Landon Lowe 4.
Malik Davis 11, Tanner Catron 6, Colin Hancock 11, Juwan Jordan 31, Ben Samaniego 2, Jesse Mountain 5, Isyah Hagy 12.
Richlands........................12 24 11 23 — 70
Tazewell...........................17 17 22 22 — 78
Three-point goals: R - 11 (Fuller 5, Ratliff 3, Phillips 2, Brown 1); T - 5 (Jordan 3, Hancock 1, Mountain 1).�