Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 22, 2012

Honaker wins Alpha Natural Resources Bristol tourney

BRISTOL, Va. — For the second time in the last four years the Honaker Tigers are the Alpha Natural Resources Basketball Classic Champions. The Tigers withstood an emotional roller coaster to defeat Castlewood 54-52 on Saturday night at the Bearcat Den.

“Tonight we were at the highest of high and the lowest of low,” said Honaker coach Marcus Dunham. “I have to give my kids credit, they’ve played four straight days and they battled tonight.

“I told coach (Doug) Campbell that I thought Castlewood deserved to win the game because they outplayed us. I just can’t explain it, we just gutted it out and made the plays when we had to.”

Honaker was leading 52-48 with 42 seconds left to play. Castlewood missed a shot and then got another opportunity when Honaker was called for a charging foul. After a timeout, Reid Edmonds made a layup on an inbounds play to make the lead only two points.

They immediately fouled and Honaker’s Ty Hall missed the front end of a 1-and-1. Edmonds grabbed the rebound and drove the length of the floor for another layup to tie the contest with only three seconds remaining.

It looked as if it would go to overtime but that wasn’t the case. The inbounds pass came to Hall who was fouled by a Castlewood player. It was an intentional foul and Hall sank both free throws with 2.3 seconds remaining.

Honaker then got the ball inbounds and time ran out, sending the Tigers home with the title.

“When Edmonds had tied it up, I was happy to go to overtime,” Dunham said. “I thought we would be fortunate to go to OT. It was unfortunate it happened that way, but we’ve had a little luck in this tournament.”

Casey Dye had a game-high 17 points and also hauled down five rebounds for the Tigers. He was named tournament Most Valuable Player for his play in the four Honaker wins.

“We just kept fighting back the entire game,” said Dye. “Castlewood played extremely hard. We knew coming out in the second half, that we had to play a lot better than we did early in the game.”

Tyler Austin and Dylan Trent led the Blue Devils with 16 points. Edmonds added 13 points in the loss.       


At The Bearcat Den


Edmonds 6 0-0 13, Austin 7 0-2 16, Moore 0 0-0 0, Trent 7 1-4 16, Collins 0 0-0 0, Slemp 1 0-0 2, Couch 2 0-0 5, Addington 0 0-0 0, Grizzel 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 1-6 52.  


Hale 2 1-1 5, Dye 7 3-6 17, Ray 1 1-2 3, Hall 2 2-3 8, Harman 3 2-2 8, Ball 3 3-6 9, Robinette 2 0-0 4. Totals 20 12-20 54.

Castlewood......................18    13      5     16—52

Honaker..............................9     21    14    10—54

Three-point goals – Castlewood 5 (Edmonds 1, Austin 2, Tent 1, Couch 1), Honaker 2 (Hall 2). Total fouls – Castlewood 18, Honaker 15. Fouled out - none. Technicals – none.


Council 52, Eastside 50

Council rallied with a huge come-from-behind win to stun Eastside 52-50. The Spartans held a 30-18 lead at halftime, but it wasn’t enough.

  “We’ve won in overtime and double overtime this season,” said Council coach Patrick Wade. “As many times as we turn it over we have a lot of practice at coming from behind. That’s one thing about this bunch, they never give up.”

  Eastside (1-5) took the lead at 3-2 and never relinquished it until late the game. The Spartans led by as many as 15 points in the first half.

  Council (4-4) began to slowly comeback in the second half. They outscored Eastside 14-6 in the third quarter to pull within four points. The Cobras kept battling and tied it three times in the fourth quarter. They finally took the lead 49-47 when Cameron Presley scored on the baseline with 1:23 left to play.   Eastside tied it on a spin move in the paint by Ben Yates with just over a minute to play. The Spartans then fouled Justin Mathis who calmly made both free throws. Eastside had a key unforced turnover and then fouled Josh Viers, who made one the foul shots to put the lead at three.

  The Spartans got off two shots but neither fell. Austin Buchanan grabbed an offensive rebound for Eastside and was fouled with less than a second remaining. He made the first and intentionally missed the second but an attempted tip to tie the game didn’t go in.   

  “This is our sixth game in nine days and the guys have really been playing hard,” Wade said. “As we showed tonight, we’re definitely a second half team.”

  Viers and Presley led the Cobras with 16 points each. Eastside received a game-high 19 points from Forrest Lunsford.



Mackey 0 0-0 0, Viers 6 3-6 16, Presley 7 2-4 16, Barton 0 0-0 0, Tiller 3 0-0 6, Mathis 1 2-2 4, K. Bostic 4 0-0 8, Duty 1 0-0 2. Totals 22 7-12 52.


Yates 2 2-3 6, Milgrim 1 0-4 2, Cusano 0 0-0 0, Yeary 2 2-2 6, Buchanan 2 1-2 6, Banks 0 0-0 0, Lunsford 7 5-8 19, Green 3 -12 7, Riner 1 2-4 4. Totals 18 13-25 50.

Council...............................8     10    14    20—52

Eastside.............................12    18    6     14—50

3-point goals – Council 1 (Viers 1), Eastside 1 (Buchanan 1). Total fouls – Council 15, Eastside 14. Fouled out – Banks, K. Bostic. Technicals – none.

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