Mookie heats up
Bluefield (76) Vs. Beckley Christian (43)
Dec 29, 2015
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
BRUSHFORK— It was unseasonably warm in Bluefield on Tuesday. Inside Brushfork Armory after the sun went down, it was positively sweltering.
Mookie Collier heated up for 26 points and the Greater Bluefield Christian boys basketball team succumbed 76-43 to a feverish Beavers defensive effort.
“We’re playing much better as a team and getting back to our old style of Bluefield basketball,” said Bluefield head coach Buster Large. “Defense turns into offense. It’s always been a trademark of our program and the coaches have worked very, very hard at getting more pressure on the ball.”
Collier scored 15 of his points in the first half, which the Beavers dominated 46-17 by intermission. He scored four transition lay-ups — Bluefield had a lot of that going on early — but also scrapped up a couple of stick-backs, hit a couple of midrange jumpers, stepped out for a three and drove it to the hole in halfcourt for three artful finishes.
It was an impressively diverse scoring display. Afterwards, Collier was as humble as ever. And as truthful.
“We came out and played strong from the get-got. We were just playing hard and executing right,” said Collier, who had four rebounds, four steals and three assists.
“Coach always tells us to get out there and run it. We may not be the biggest team, but we may be the fastest. If we get out and run, we can get some points,” he said.
Dyon Wright had 12 points and five rebounds for the Beavers (4-2). He contributed a timely bucket to the Bluefield run late in the third quarter that knocked down the Crusaders’ last serious comeback bid.
Jeremy Thompson and Devin Goins scored eight points apiece for the Beavers and Dominick Taxley collected six rebounds off the bench.
Anthony Helton scored 15 points to pace Greater Beckley Christian (1-5), which trailed 17-4 by Goins’ three-point play with 2:21 remaining in the first period. Devin Acord scored 24 for the Crusaders, who got within 52-27 of the Beavers after an 8-2 run early in the second half.
It was a nice try. But after the first half, GBC was in too deep a hole to get out of.
“I think they’re very athletic. They very well-coached and they play with intensity,” said Crusaders head coach Brian Helton.
“Our intensity the first half simply didn’t match theirs. We got ourselves in big hole because I don’t think we came mentally prepared to play the style of ball they wanted to play,” said Helton, whose team travels to PikeView on Monday.
The Beavers have Wyoming East at the Armory on Monday then travel to Mount View on Tuesday.
“With our schedule, you can’t rest one night,” said Large. “But our kids are coming along. We’re playing a lot of youth. Our ball movement is getting much better and our shot selection is getting much better. And I think all phases of our defensive game is getting much better.
“We’re rebounding. We’re running our break better and getting it out. We’ve always used defense as our mark of a good basketball team ... and I think its getting better,” he said.

At Brushfork Armory
Mullins 2 0-0 4, Acord 5 4-8 14, Matherly 0 1-2 1, Moore 2 2-2 7, Helton 3 9-15 15, O’Neal 0 0-1 0, Fisher 0 0-0 0, Cook 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 16-28 43
Hopkins 1 1-2 3, Thompson 3 2-2 8, Mookie Collier 11 3-4 26, 3 1-1 8, Taxley 3 0-0 6, E. Greene 2 0-0 4, Easley 0 0-0 0, Davis 2 1-1 5, M. Greene 1 0-0 2, Dyon Wright 5 2-3 12, Pettus 1 0-0 2. Totals 32 10-13 76.
Greater Beckley..............6 11 3 12 — 43
Bluefield.......................23 23 18 12 — 76
3-point goals: GBC 2 (Acord, Moore), B 1 (Collier, Goins).
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Bluefield 23 23 18 12 0 76
Beckley Christian 9 11 11 12 0 43
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