By LLOYD COMBS
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
PILGRIM'S KNOB, Va. —
Logan Cantrell has been known as a quiet and unselfish, but good player, around the Black Diamond District for a couple of years now.
He’s still quiet and a team player, but now he’s becoming known as one of the best players in the league.
A quiet nudge from his coach, Brian Moore, has made the Twin Valley senior more aggressive on the offensive end of the floor, and it’s paying off for the Panthers.
Cantrell scored 58 points and hauled in 22 rebounds in two games last week to earn Pocahontas Coal Association/Bluefield Daily Telegraph Player of the Week honors.
Cantrell insists it’s mostly been a matter of simply doing what his coach asked him to do.
“I’ve just been looking for my shot more,” said Cantrell, who posted game highs with 27 points and 14 rebounds and hit a go-ahead free throw with 6.1 seconds left in a Jan. 22 BDD victory at Council.
“Coach Moore has been encouraging me to shoot more to help the team. I’ve been working on my shot after practice, or any time I get a chance to get in the gym.”
The Panthers weren’t expected to do much this season, but they picked up their first Black Diamond District win at Council and own wins over both Virginia High and Richlands and a 7-9 overall record, despite losing one key starter after another to injury.
“Every time somebody goes down its just next man up,” Cantrell added.
Cantrell is still a quiet leader for the improving Panthers, but the important thing is, says Moore, he is a leader and a good one.
“The last two games Logan has really picked it up and started playing and becoming the leader we need him to be,” said Moore, after Cantrell scored a career-high 31 points on 14-of-18 shooting from the field in a Jan. 26 game at Haysi. “He’s trying to lead by example on the floor and the kids are responding to him.”
Player of the Week
Week of Jan. 21-27
Bland County (1-1): Asher Dillow, 44 points in 2 games (31 pts, 5 3s vs. Fort Chiswell); Chase Hankins, 28 pts (1,000th point of career); Darryl Clark, 32 pts.
Bluefield (2-0): Anthony Eades, 35 pts in 2 games; Lykel Collier, 31 pts; D.J. Edwards, 24 pts; Michael Yost, 23 pts.
Council (0-1): Justin Mathis, 12 pts vs. Twin Valley.
Graham (2-0): Spencer Sheets, 31 pts in 2 games; Colby Hill, 38 pts (26 pts vs. Tazewell); Tony Hood, 18 pts; Zach Proffitt, 10 pts vs. Tazewell.
Grundy (0-1): Dylan Billiter, 16 pts vs. Honaker; Bayden Dillow, 16 pts.
Haysi (2-0): Peyton O’Quinn, 35 pts in 2 games; Hunter Sutherland, 39 pts (22 pts, 6 3s vs. Twin Valley); Tyler Tipton, 30 pts; Drake Howell, 15 pts vs. Richlands.
Honaker (1-0): Tanner Robinette, 18 pts vs. Grundy; Casey Dye, 13 pts; Payton Ball, 12 pts; Ty Hall, 10 pts.
Hurley (1-0): Greg Stacy, 27 pts, 13 reb vs. Northwood.
James Monroe (0-1): Micah Deskins, 10 pts vs. Mount View; Garrett Mann, 9 pts.
Montcalm (0-1): Michael Blackwell, 17 pts vs. Independence; Matt Pennington, 14 pts; Jacob Howard, 12 pts.
Mount View (1-0): Maurice Brown, 23 pts vs. James Monroe; Antoine Calloway, 17 pts; Ismael Sawyers, 12 pts.
Narrows (0-1): Rodney Perdue, 10 pts vs. Bland County.
PikeView (0-1): Jason Weitzel, 12 pts vs. Bluefield; Logan McKinney, 8 pts.
Princeton (1-1): Hunter Walters, 29 pts (20 pts, 4 3s vs. Ripley); Ryan Meadows, 25 pts; Aaron Ferguson, 22 pts; Zen Clements, 10 pts vs. Woodrow Wilson.
Richlands (0-2): Zach Johnson, 24 pts; Ben Brown, 24 pts; Gabe Hunsaker, 16 pts.
Tazewell (0-1): Noah Walker, 20 pts, 11 reb, 5 blocks, 3 steals vs. Graham; Jalen Jordan, 14 pts; Jessee Mountain, 12 pts.
Twin Valley (1-1): Shannon Adams, 27 pts in 2 games.
Mercer Christian (0-1): J.J. Easter, 28 pts vs. Ballard Christian; Caleb Janning, 13 pts.
Pipestem Christian (2-0): Aleks Lane, 54 pts in 2 games; Austin Peyton, 34 pts.
Ballard Christian (2-0): Josh Deskins, 54 pts in 2 games (25 pts, 8 reb, 7 ast vs. Mercer Christian); Chris Prunesti, 31 pts; Ray Spencer, 11 pts, 12 reb vs. Mercer Christian; Dalton Lankford, 11 pts vs. MCA; Gage Bowles, 12 pts vs. Appalachian Christian; Blake Bowles, 12 pts vs. AC.
Week 1: Asher Dillow, Bland County
Week 2: Noah Walker, Tazewell
Week 3: Ryan Meadows, Princeton
Week 4: Tony Hood, Graham
Week 5: Lykel Collier, Bluefield
Week 6: Anthony Eades, Bluefield
Week 7: Colby Hill, Graham
Week 8: Logan Cantrell, Twin Valley