Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 23, 2013

Cantrell’s late free throw saves patient Panthers

COUNCIL, Va. — Play smart, be patient.

Twin Valley’s coaching staff has preached and practiced it all season. Tuesday the Panthers put it into play and got its first Black Diamond District win.

Logan Cantrell’s free throw with 6.1 seconds remaining lifted the Panthers past Council, 53-52 in BDD action at Council Elementary School.

Twin Valley (6-8, 1-4) never trailed and used a patient, but aggressive half-court to build a 27-11 lead midway through the second quarter.

Council (7-9, 3-3) came to life in the second half behind the play of Josh Viers and Justin Mathis.

Viers got the Cobras within 52-50 with a steal and layin with 37 seconds remaining. Mathis hit a shot inside to tie the score at the 14 second mark, setting the stage for Cantrell, who drew a foul driving to the basket.

Cantrell hit the second of two free throws and finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds, both game highs. Council missed a contested runner at the buzzer.

“We’ve preached patience since November,” said Twin Valley coach Brian Moore, whose club patiently moved the ball around Council’s 2-3 zone all night in an effort to get it inside to either Cantrell or Shannon Adams, who added 16 points.

“We saw some of that today, maybe a little too much of it at the end. But our goal was to get the ball inside and be in the bonus early in the second quarter and early in the fourth and it worked out well for us.”

Both teams battled foul trouble throughout the contest, including Council, which lost its top inside player, Cameron Presley to fouls.

Viers stepped up, hitting a long 3-pointer with 3:36 remaining that got the Cobras within 50-46, the closest they had been since early in the game. Viers finished with 19 points.

“After Cameron got in foul trouble early in the game we weren’t able to defend the post very well,” Council coach Patrick Wade said. “And Twin Valley did a good job controlling the tempo and attacking us inside.”

Mathis finished with 12 points. Presley and Zack Tiller each added eight.

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