Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 9, 2014

Bluefield’s Large in charge at Scott Brown Classic

BECKLEY — Few coaches have had the success that Bluefield’s Buster Large has had in the last few seasons.

Large has taken the Beavers to three straight state championship games, brining home the Class AA championship two times — 2013 and 2014.

Much of the success of those seasons can be credited to the play of his first-team all-state duo of senior guards Lykel Collier and Anthony Eades.

While Collier and Eades ended their time at Bluefield by cutting down the nets in Charleston just a few weeks ago, Large will get the chance to coach the dynamic duo one more time.

Collier and Eades — along with Beavers teammate Michael Yost — will take part in Saturday’s Scott Brown Employer’s Innovative Network Classic, in which Large will serve as coach of the Jan-Care Class AA All-Stars.

“It’s a great honor to be associated with them for one more game,” Large said.

Collier and Eades may have played at the high school level, but it seems their names have been uttered from the lips of basketball fans as often as Jordan and Pippen or Stockton and Malone of late. In fact, the duo is more than a state championship-winning tandem. They’re also record breakers. Eades is Bluefield’s all-time leading scorer, according to Large, while Collier holds the record for assists.

“You take those two right there,” Large said. “They’re very special.”

Yost, a third-team all-stater, joins the team after missing much of the season due to injury, but returned just before the Beavers’ championship run in March.

“Kids like Michael Yost are special, too,” Large said. “Two years ago, he was considered one of the best players in AA, but missed about 70 percent of the season with a major ankle injury. He was able to make it back for the most important time though.”

Large coaches a Class AA team full of players he’s had to scheme against, including Wyoming East’s Taron Ayers, who gave Bluefield fits in New Richmond earlier this year, and Westside’s Corey Bowles, who helped hand Bluefield one of only two losses this past season, a 62-57 loss in the Big Atlantic Classic.

It’s an opportunity the longtime coach is relishing.

“It’s an honor to be able to be associated with those young men,” Large said. “Not only are they some of the most outstanding basketball players in southern West Virginia, but they lead their teams for years. I think it’s a great opportunity to get to know them and relax and enjoy the game.”

Joining the Bluefield trio, Ayers and Bowles on the Class AA team will be Jordan Browning (Westside), Jake Martin (Ravenswood), Zach Meadows (PikeView), Terry Smith (Summers County) and Richard Hairston (Liberty).

They’ll take on the C. Adam Toney Class A All-Stars, led by Javonne Staunton-Bailey (Greater Beckley Christian), Logan Pomeroy (Meadow Bridge), Raeshawn Breckenridge (Valley), Ricky Carter (Midland Trail), Thomas Baisden (Tug Valley), Cal Cistaro (Notre Dame), Zach Chisler (Clay-Battelle), Tristan Haught (Clay-Battelle), Nick George (Charleston Catholic) and Garrett McCarty (Clay-Battelle). They’ll be coached by Greater Beckley’s Dan Burd.

Tip-off for the Class AA-A showdown is scheduled for 4 p.m., with the annual 3-point and dunk contests to be held after. The Class AAA-National game will follow at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center or at www.beckleyconventioncenter.com. Reserved seats are $10 while general admission are $5.

— jrollins@register-herald.com

and follow on Twitter at @JDanielRollins.

 

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