Fast start, balanced offense guide Bluefield to 54-44 win at Oak Hill

OAK HILL, W.Va. — Bluefield put together three impressive quarters to build a sizable lead at Oak Hill and the Beavers held off a late rally from the Red Devils to win 54-44 at the Lilly Center.

The Beavers (8-3) built a 21-point lead going into the final frame as they collected an impressive road victory despite scoring just four points in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter.

“This is a very difficult place to play. We were pretty well prepared and I am real proud of the kids in how they hung in there and did some things well at the end. We jumped out to a good-sized lead in the second quarter. You have to play hard for four quarters here,” said Bluefield head coach Buster Large.

The Beavers allowed seven, six and ten points respectively in the first three quarters to build a 44-23 cushion.

“We played well man-to-man and we really didn’t press a whole lot tonight. We’ve always been a good defensive team. I give Coach [Tony] Webster a tremendous amount of credit for that.”

Oak Hill chipped away at their deficit with a 12-2 run midway through the fourth quarter. The Red Devils eventually trimmed the deficit down to nine points before the Beavers scored six points in the final 1:30 to secure the win.

“We threw the ball away a couple times and they came down and hit a couple threes. But fortunately, we were able to get out of here with a win.”

William Looney led four double-digit scorers for Bluefield. He scored a game-high 21 points.

“He has come a long way for us. He fits in well with Caleb Fuller, RJ Hairston, Sincere [Fields] and Kamron [Gore]. We’ve got a good nucleus.”

Hairston, Gore and Fuller each scored ten points for the visitors.

Now at the midway point of their regular season schedule, Bluefield will play two more teams in higher classes this week.

“We’ve got Greenbrier East (7-3) tomorrow night and Shady Spring (10-3) Friday. We’ll take it one step at a time. We’re going to work hard the next five weeks and see what happens. We’ll prepare ourselves for the sectional and regional.”

Malachi Lewis led Oak Hill (7-5) with 20 points. The Red Devils’ four-game win streak came to a close.

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