Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 19, 2014

Bluefield Beavers defeat Chapmanville Tigers, advance to semifinal game

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CHARLESTON —

Collier talked about the pressure Chapmanville attempted to use on him and the Beavers.

“For me, to be able to handle pressure, I’m used to it, triangle-in-two, box-in-one,” Collier said. “A lot of teams try to get the ball out of my hands, so by the time I get up here (state tournament), I should be used to it.”

Over the past three seasons the Beavers have lost only two games to Class AA opponents, this year to tournament No. 4 seed Westside and two years ago in the title game to Tug Valley. Last year Bluefield, who returns all five starters, defeated No. 1 Robert C. Byrd and Fairmont Senior in state tournament play. Despite their success, Bluefield is seeded third in this year’s tournament and that has some of the Beavers hungry.

“Yeah, we’ve got a chip on our shoulder,” Edwards said. “We felt like the whole season a lot of people around the state looked us over. Yeah, we came into Charleston with a chip on our shoulders.”

Eades added, “We’re coming in with the same goals we had last year, to take it one game at a time and stay focused.”

Speaking of the next game, Large commented, “Were going to have our hands full and we’re going to have to be on the top of our game to advance.”

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