The press and pressure was trouble for Chapmanville as Bluefield forced 25 turnovers in the game and had 17 steals.
The third and fourth period saw the Beavers pull back its pressure, but Chapmanville was unable to mount a comeback. Bluefield led 49-23 after three before Bluefield outscored the Tigers 14-11 in the final eight minutes.
“We knew that Bluefield had a good basketball team,” said CHS head coach Allan Hatcher. We were just out-manned today. I was trying to look at their personnel, we tried to find weaknesses to compensate. We thought we had a pretty good defensive plan to start the first half, we just couldn’t score.
“I thought defensively we were there for a while, played a triangle-in-two on Eades and Collier and we gave them some problems at first, kept them off-balance, but when you just can’t score for a while, it catches up with you and you saw what happened.”
Anthony Eades and Lykel Collier topped the Bluefield scoring column with 19 and 17 points respectively. Collier added five assists and five steals, while Eades had four steals. D.J. Edwards cleared eight boards and had four steals for the Beavers and Corey Coppola pulled down seven rebounds.
Josh Butcher scored 16 of Chapmanville’s 34 points, the only Tiger in double-digit scoring. Kenny Plumley, 6’5 post player for the Tigers had 11 rebounds.
Bluefield shot 42 percent from the floor in the game, while Chapmanville mad 30 percent of its shots. The Beaver bench out-scored the Tiger reserves 13-2 and on fast-break points Bluefield had a 16-2 advantage. The Beavers scored 30 points off Chapmanville turnovers.
“Their guards were small, they’ve got long arms and we pressured them and they turned the ball over,” Edwards said.
Continuing on the pressure and turnovers Eades said, “It got us into the flow of the game. We got an early start, getting transition points. It helped us out in the first quarter.”