Turnovers doom Golden Knights
Bluefield (62) Vs. Mount View (46)
Jan 05, 2016
for the Daily Telegraph
WELCH — “Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers,” exclaimed Mount View head coach Gary Brown following a 62-46 Bluefield Beaver win over the Golden Knights Tuesday evening on the Ergie Smith Court at the Castle.
A full-court Beaver press translated into havoc for the Knights who turned the basketball over 16 times in the first half alone and seven more in the third quarter to provide the impetus for the fifth Bluefield win in eight outings.
“We’re growing, we’re learning. At this point in the season to be 5-3, that’s all I can ask of these kids. We’re getting better, little by little,” surmised Beaver head mentor Buster Large.
The Beavers led from start to finish, taking a 4-0 advantage in the first 46 seconds on a Devin Goins’ driving deuce and a pair of Mookie Collier free throws.
Collier took game scoring honors with 27 points, followed by Goins’ 9.
Despite seven opening period giveaways, the Knights kept the margin close, with a 16-10 Beaver lead being the biggest of the stanza, with 1:16 left.
Sophomore De’Moni Edwards, who finished with 11 points for the View, bombed a trifecta to close that six-point gap to three before Ryan Davis’ bucket put the advantage at five heading into the second quarter.
Junior Ellis Bryson scored on a Sidney George assist, Edwards made a layup on the fast break and senior Marquis Bonds had an offensive rebound goal to pull to within one, with a Dyon Wright stick back sandwiched in between to close to 20-19 before turnovers again helped the visitors go on a nine point run over a two minute span.
Mount View canned 45 percent of its shot tries in the opening half, while the Beavers were close behind with 44 percent. The turnover margin of 16-5 was the elephant in the gym, as Bluefield led 29-22.
Collier scored seven of his 27 points in the third, as the Bluefield lead fluctuated between five (31-26) and 11 (46-35) at the period’s end. Seven more turnovers hindered the View in that stanza.
A dozen points by Collier in the final eight minutes put the game in the win column for the visitors.
Large continued, “Anytime you come into a place that’s hard to win, like Mount View, it’s good to win. … We’re starting four underclassmen and it has taken a while to jell.”
Senior Jeremy Thompson contributed eight points, while sophomore Donta Hopkins and senior Dyon Wright contributed six each. Hopkins corralled five boards.
Bryson paced the Golden Knights with 13 points, with senior Kenneth Brown adding 9.
Mount View had a wide rebounding edge 36-19, paced by George and Bonds, who grabbed seven apiece.
Mount View (1-6) remains at home to entertain James Monroe Friday evening, while the Beavers will be idle until next Tuesday, when they travel to Westside.

At the Ergie Smith Court
Donta Hopkins 3 0-0 6, Jeremy Thompson 4 0-0 8, Mookie Collier 9 9-12 27, Devin Goins 2 4-4 9, Dominick Taxley 0 2-4 2, Ryan Davis 2 0-0 4, Dyon Wright 2 2-2 6. Totals 22 17-22 62.
Sidney George 0 0-3 0, De’Moni Edwards 4 2-2 11, Kenneth Brown 4 1-2 9, Kobe Brown 1 0-0 3, Jaquane Imes 3 0-0 6, Ellis Bryson 4 5-7 13, Marquis Bonds 2 0-0 4. Totals 18 8-14 46.
Bluefield.....................18 11 17 16 — 62
Mount View................13 9 13 11 — 46
3-point goals — BHS 1 (Goins); MV 2 (Edwards 1, Kobe Brown 1). Fouled out — None. JV game — Bluefield won 71-41.
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Bluefield 18 11 17 16 0 62
Mount View 13 9 13 11 0 46
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