Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 19, 2013

Council bites Hurley in BDD overtime thriller

By LLOYD COMBS
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

HURLEY, Va. — The bad news for Council was it took just three shots after the third quarter.

The good news for Council was it made all three, and just enough free throws in overtime to edge Hurley, 59-53, in Black Diamond District play Saturday night.

Josh Viers scored a game-high 18 points, and was 6-of-8 from the line in the extra period for the Cobras, who squandered a 12-point second-half lead despite nearly flawless execution in building it.

"We almost let it slip away," said Council coach Patrick Wade, whose club turned the ball over just twice in the first half and ten times in the fourth period. "But we've finally figured out some of the things we need to do to win."

Justin Mathis gave Council (7-8, 3-2) the lead for good in OT with a 3-point play with 3:36 remaining and finished with 14 points before fouling out. Mathis also had a double-double with 10 rebounds, while Lucas Barton added 11 points.

Wes Peck's 3-pointer with 1:03 remaining in regulation forced the overtime period.

Peck (12 points), Nick Gibson (14) and Tanner Charles (13) all scored in double figures for Hurley (5-8, 1-4) and all three of them fouled out. Gibson and Peck each had three steals, all after halftime.

Greg Stacy scored nine points and had a key bucket in the fourth period, when the Rebels gradually chipped away at a 41-31 deficit. Council's biggest lead was 35-23, in the third quarter.

"I'm proud of our effort," Hurley coach Mark Cooper said. "We let Council build a lead, but we kept playing hard and we didn't quit."



COUNCIL (59)

Viers 18, Presley 9, Mathis 14, Bostic 2, Tiller 5, Barton 11, Duty 0.

HURLEY (53)

Peck 12, Gibson 14, Charles 13, G. Stacy 9, B. Stacy 0, Oliver 3, T. Stacy 0, Estep 2, Hibbitts 0.

Council........................9   16  16  7   11  —  59

Hurley.........................11   8   12  17  5   —  53

3-point goals - Cou 2 (Viers 2), Hur 4 (Peck 2, Oliver, Charles).  JV Game-Hurley won.



Girls

Hurley 66 Council 53

Kourtney Cook led three Hurley starters in double figures with 22 points as the Lady Rebels pulled away to a win in Saturday's varsity opener.

Adrianna Cline added 15 points and seven assists, while Richelle Stacy posted a double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds for Hurley. The Lady Rebels took the lead for good on a bukcte by Stacy midway through the third quarter and pulled away down the stretch.

Adriane Rasnake matched Cook's game-high 22 points to lead Council. Leann Hunt added 16 points and Haley Stevens added 15 points and six assists for the Lady Cobras.



Girls game

COUNCIL (53)

Hunt 16, Stevens 15, Rasnake 22, Breeding 0, Presley 0, Stump 0.

HURLEY (66)

McCoy 7, Stacy 14, Cline 15, Cook 22, Hurley 6, Charles 2.

Council............................10  12  15  16  —  53

Hurley..............................11  15  23  17  —   66

 3-point goals - Cou 6 (Hunt 3, RAsnake 2, Stevens), Hur 4 (Cook 2, Hurley 2).