Beavers in control
Bluefield (74) Vs. Mount View (32)
for the Daily Telegraph
BRUSHFORK — The hot-shooting Bluefield Beavers controlled the opening tip and just about everything else that followed Friday night, taking a 74-32 win over the Mount View Golden Knights at the Brushfork Armory.
The Beavers made 58 percent (18-of-31) of their first half shot attempts, including 4-of-8 from behind the arc, to hold a commanding 41-14 lead at the break.
Assessed veteran Bluefield head coach Buster Large of his team’s play, “Without a doubt the best we’ve played all year. Our defense swarmed to the ball. We had a lot of good transition. Everyone scored. We had great play from Dominic Taxley and Dyon Wright in reserve roles…
“It’s an awful nice win over a sectional opponent we’ll be looking at in about three weeks.”
Senior Jeremy Thompson led the Beavers with 23 points, including a dozen in the inaugural chapter.
He cashed in on a trey to open the scoring and followed with a driving deuce for a 5-0 lead. Junior Devin Goins added a transition bucket before the Knights got on the board with a K. J. Brown jumper from the right wing and a Jaquane Imes score from down low.
Over the final 4:07 of the quarter, Bluefield outscored the Knights 11-3 for an 18-7 advantage heading into the second frame.
The Beavers canned 50 percent of their first period shots (8-of-16) from the field, but stepped it up a notch in the second, recording goals on 10-of-their 15 attempts.
Meanwhile, Mount View could muster but 5-of-22 shooting accuracy in the first half, to go with a dozen turnovers.
Related Golden Knight head coach Gary Brown, “The thing that bothers me is we just started turning it over and over and over. And then the effort defensively just waned.
“I don’t know if it’s because we’re not scoring. We’ve had trouble scoring the last three games now. Scoring seven points in a quarter, 14 points in a half, you can’t stay with anybody.”
“I just thought overall there was a lack of effort. There’s a disconnect,” Brown continued.
Thompson put an exclamation point on the first half, bombing an NBA-distance trifecta as time ran out in the half for the 41-14 Beaver advantage.
As if that margin wasn’t enough, Bluefield scored the initial nine points of the third.
Wright scored six points in the third and six in the fourth, finishing his evening’s work with 16 points, second behind Thompson in scoring.
Sophomore Donta Hopkins, also playing in a reserve role, added nine points for the 10-5 Beavers.
Brown’s eight points paced the 4-10 Golden Knights, while junior Ellis Bryson contributed seven.
Bluefield finished the game converting 60 percent of its two point tries, while the Knights made but 25 percent of their overall attempts (12-of-48).
Continued Coach Large, “I’m pleased with the effort tonight. We did some smart things. I’m pleased with the ball movement, probably the best ball movement we’ve had all year.”
Mount View will jump right back into action this evening, visiting Summers County, while the Beavers will play Richlands next Friday.

at Brushfork Armory
Sidney George 0 3-6 3, De’Moni Edwards 1 0-0 2, K. J. Brown 3 2-3 8, Joe Hayes 1 1-2 3, Kobe Brown 0 1-2 1, Jaquane Imes 1 0-0 2, Ellis Bryson 3 1-1 7, Steven Brown 1 0-0 2, Marquis Bonds 2 0-0 4. Totals 12 8-14 32.
Donta Hopkins 3 2-4 9, Jeremy Thompson 9 2-2 23, Mookie Collier 4 0-0 8, Devin Goins 3 0-0 6, Dominic Taxley 2 0-0 4, Tyler Easley 1 0-0 2, Dyon Wright 8 0-0 16, Nathan Pettus 1 0-0 2, Jeremy Williams 2 0-0 4. Totals 33 4-6 74.
Mount View.......7 7 11 7 — 32
Bluefield...........18 23 17 16 — 74
3-point goals: MV 0; BF B 4 (Thompson 3, Hopkins 1).
Game Scoreboard
Bluefield 18 23 17 16 0 74
Mount View 7 7 11 7 0 32
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