The Beavers and the Dots hit the court bright and early for a Class AA quarterfinal matchup on Thursday morning. A win would be Bluefield’s first at the state tournament since 2014.
Bluefield jumped out to a quick lead, but the Dots finished the first frame trailing by just three points. The momentum shifted in the Beavers’ favor in the second quarter. They outscored Poca 13-4, while also allowing the Dots just four total shots in those eight minutes.
“I thought in the second quarter we had too many turnovers,” Poca head coach Allen Osborne said. “They swarmed the rebounds and we didn’t get the ball to the outlet areas.”
Thanks to an energetic defensive effort, Bluefield triumphed 57-47. The Beavers swiped 11 steals and forced 15 turnovers on the day.
Braeden Crews scored a game-high 20 points, while Sean Martin and Kaulin Parris each chipped in 10 points.
Coach Buster Large and company will have a quick turnaround, but no matter when the team plays or who the opponent may be, the Bluefield gameplan remains the same.
“You know you get 30 or 40 minutes of walk-through and just be able to talk,” he said. “Like I said, we’re not going to change. We’re Bluefield. We like to run, we like to play up-tempo and we like to play Beaver basketball.”
Bluefield will play Fairmont senior tomorrow in the Class AA semifinal at 11:15 a.m.