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Bluefield (57) Vs. Mount View (40)
Feb 29, 2016
PRINCETON — Turn out the Knights, the party’s over.

Bluefield’s determined Beavers, gradually gaining momentum, outlasted a valiant effort from Mount View and earned a 57-40 Class AA, Region 3, Section 2 victory Monday at Princeton. The Bluefielders will play the winner of the PikeView-River View contest Wednesday at 7 p.m. for the sectional title.

Mookie Collier (19), Jeremy Thompson (16), and Dyon Wright (13) combined for 48 BHS points, leading the way for Bluefield (14-6) against Mount View (8-15), which played hard throughout but every time the Golden Knight made a run the Beavers found an answer.

Demoni Edwards, smooth-shooting sophomore guard for MVHS, led his team with 15 points and fired in four 3-point shots. Kenneth Brown chipped in 10 points for the Golden Knights.

Brown and Jaquane Imes quickly got the Knights rolling with back-to-back layups and a 4-0 lead before the Beavers fashioned an 8-2 run as Wright, Collier, and Thompson led the surge.

Marquis Bonds halted the streak, scoring for MVHS although Beaver led 13-8 after the opening stanza.

Thompson went coast-to-coast, Collier scored again, followed that up with a three-ball and Beaver built an 11-point lead, 21-10, with 3:25 to go in the half.

Thompson made a bevy of solid inside moves during the game, including a bucket with 1:15 to go in the third quarter to give Bluefield a 20-point lead, at 39-19. Despite the BHS bursts, Mount View’s Edwards, Bonds, and Joseph Hayes made some good defensive moves to help stall the Bluefield attack on several possessions.

Edwards noted, “We came and made some good plays early but didn’t really keep pace in the second half. Too many turnovers for us to win. We played hard, I was fortunate to make some shots, but overall, you cannot give a team like Bluefield that many chances.”

Halftime seemed to be the tonic Beaver needed to cure their concerns. Ten consecutive points opening the third period gave the BHS squad, playing without two regular starters, a cushion of confidence.

Collier outside, Wright and Thompson inside, and the quality play from Devin Goins kept BHS in control, along with Dominick Taxley’s steady effort.

Collier thrilled the crowd with several acrobatic moves around the basket, floating for high layups, popping in a pair of threes and then moving out at guard to dribble in fancy fashion through traffic. The Beaver sophomore was a steadying influence on the game’s flow throughout. Goins, who learned late in the day he would have to jump in at guard, dropped through nine points including a trey and was another positive factor for Bluefield.

“You have to make the most of the opportunity when your number is called,” said Goins. “Coach (Buster) Large told us at halftime that you prepare for a game the night before.

“We all, me included, knew what we had to do and I was happy to contribute and help us get the win.”

Wright was another reason the Beavers held serve. His yeoman work underneath and deft shooting touch inside helped the BHS offense keep its rhythm at key points in the contest.

“We knew we needed to control the tempo and get rebounds, work on the inside game. I was prepared to play hard, was fortunate to make some plays and really glad to be a part of this. My teammates all stepped up tonigh, too, t and I am proud of every Bluefield player.”

Despite a strong effort and some highlight plays, the Golden Knights could not overcome a disappointing stat sheet.

“I looked up with about 4 minutes to go in the third quarter and we still had 12 points,” noted Mount View coach Gary Brown. “When you play that long and still have only a dozen on the board, it is probably not good and it wasn’t.

“And – I think we had 30 turnovers. When you come up empty on 30 possesions, you had better shot really well. We did not shoot well and Bluefield made their shots when it counted. Give them credit.”

The Beavers hit 9 of 10 free throws.

Bluefield’s head coach, Buster Large, credited both teams for playing hard.

“Both sides came to play but we got the job done and we move on to play a tough opponent Wednesday. I tell you – Coach Brown has really gotten that Mount View team on the right track. He has done a terrific job and they will only get better.

“For us, Mookie (Collier) and Jeremy (Thompson) were consistent again, Dyon (Wright) played really well inside for us, Devin (Goins) stepped in and was a major factor in what we were able to do. Everybody did a good job.

“We were a little slow in that first half but we got going better after making some halftime adjustments. Credit the coaching staff and players for working out a few wrinkles to make the run there in the third quarter to put us ahead a little bit.

“We did make some playing changes but that happens. I would say through the first 19 games we have had probably 16 different lineups. We just have to keep playing hard. Our team did that tonight and we are pleased with the results.”

At Princeton Senior High School

MOUNT VIEW (8-15)

Demoni Edwards 15, K.J. Brown 10, Ellis Bryson 5, Jaquane Imes 2, Marquis Bonds 8.

BLUEFIELD (14-6)

Jeremy Thompson 16, Mookie Collier 19, Dyon Wright 13, Devin Goins 9.

Mount View...................8 4 10 18 — 40

Bluefield.....................13 8 19 16 — 57

3-point goals – MV 4 (Edwards 4). BHS 4 (Collier 2, Thompson 1, Goins 1). Fouled out – None.
Nightly Roundup
Feb 29, 2016 Nightly Roundups
Game Scoreboard
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
Bluefield 13 9 19 16 0 57
Mount View 8 4 10 18 0 40
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