Woodrow Wilson shoots down Beavers
Bluefield (51) Vs. Woodrow Wilson (77)
Jan 30, 2016
tor the Daily Telegraph
BECKLEY — Woodrow Wilson boys basketball honored its legends Saturday night.
The current group of Flying Eagles made them and the large contingent of fans proud with a 77-51 victory over old rival Bluefield on Hall of Fame night.
"I thought we showed a little rust, but then we came out of it and played our game," said satisfied Woodrow Wilson head coach Ron Kidd.
The game started like a typical Woodrow Wilson-Bluefield game, with both teams playing very fast and going up and down the floor.
The Flying Eagles raced out to a 16-6 lead just before the end of the quarter and appeared to be pulling away early, when Donte Hopkins was fouled on a 3-point attempt. He made all three free throws to cut the lead back to seven where the quarter ended.
Two key players picked up two fouls in the opening quarter. Nequan Carrington for Woodrow Wilson and Jeremy Thompson for the Beavers.
Thompson stayed in, but Carrington would sit on the bench until halftime. Step in 6-4 junior, Breland Walton for Woodrow Wilson.
Walton scored five points in the half, but more importantly he was a beast on the glass. He held Bluefield to numerous one shot opportunities and kept the ball alive for the Flying Eagles on the offensive glass.
While Walton made up for the loss of Carrington, keeping Thompson in the game was also a good move for Bluefield coach Buster Large. Thompson came up with six big points on two 3-point plays to keep Bluefield in the game at the half, 32-21.
The third quarter, Woodrow looked to apply the knockout blow, building the lead to as much as 15 points with 5:28 to go. But, the trio of Thompson, Hopkins and the athletic Mookie Collier were not going away easy on this night.
The threesome combined to cut the lead down to eight, prompting a Woodrow Wilson timeout at the 2:07 mark of the third quarter.
With the crowd buzzing and the Beavers fans thinking they had the young Flying Eagles reeling, Woodrow Wilson answered with an 8-1 run and a 52-37 lead after three quarters.
Bluefield barely had a chance to catch its breath between the quarters when the classic Woodrow Wilson storm broke loose like a feeding frenzy of sharks.
"Give our kids credit, they stepped up at that point and played like we have normally been playing this year,"
Breland Walton scrapped for a rebound and a stick back, then Flying Eagles defense swarmed the Beavers. Isaiah Francis was the benefactor with six straight points. In a blink the lead was 22 points.
Coach Large also stated that stretch was a real key to the game.
"We had it at an eight point game there in the third quarter and then for about a four minute stretch it went from our kind of game to theirs, " said Large. "If you do that against a really speedy club like they have, you just can't do that. This is one of the best Woodrow teams I have seen in a long time."
Malik Fowlkes got into the action with a triple, then Walton and Francis kept the frenzy alive. With 4:38 to play in the game, the lead ballooned to 29 and the game was clearly over.
"Breland did a really good job for us, he is improving game to game and especially defensively, Malik also did a really good job. Anytime you can beat a Bluefield team, it is a good win for us" said Kidd.
Although Bluefield may be listed as a Class AA opponent, they played their hearts out and Kidd praised their efforts.
"I don't put a team like Bluefield in a grade class, I put their kids in a class of kids that can really play this game."
Francis led the Flying Eagles with a game-high 22 points, Breland Walton finished with 12, Courtney Walton added 11 and Tarek Payne tallied 10.
Thompson scored 18 for the Beavers, while Collier added 14 and Hopkins scored 11.
During the halftime ceremony, four very deserving members were added to the Woodrow Wilson Boys Basketball Hall of Fame. Longtime public address announcer, Carlos Garten, the great Register-Herald sports writer, the late Scott Brown, Ryan Powers and the late Paul "Moose" Adamos were added to the elite group.
Woodrow Wilson is back in action Tuesday at the school gymnasium, hosting George Washington in a key MSAC contest. Bluefield travels to Oak Hill Tuesday.

Donte Hopkins 3 4-5 11, Jeremy Thompson 7 2-2 18, Mookie Collier 7 0-0 14, Tyler Easley 1 0-0 2, Dyan Wright 1 0-0 2, Jerome Edwards 2 0-0 4. Totals: 21 6-7 51.
Ty Walton 0 3-4 3, Isaiah Francis 7 7-8 22, Tarek Payne 3 4-5 10, Nequan Carrington 1 0-0 2, Courtney Walton 5 0-0 11, Malyk Fowlkes 6 0-2 11, Breland Walton 4 4-6 12. Totals: 26 18-25 77.
Bluefield..................9 12 16 14 — 51
Woodrow Wilson....16 16 20 25 — 77
3-point goals: Bluefield 3 (Hopkins, Thompson 2); Woodrow Wilson 5 (Francis, C. Walton, Fowlkes 2, Bickey). Fouled out: Wright (B).
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Bluefield 9 12 16 14 0 51
Woodrow Wilson 16 16 20 25 0 77
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