GOODY, Ky. – The Tug Valley Panthers escaped with a 56-47 win over Belfry at the annual Mountain Schoolboy Classic on Friday night at the BHS gym.
The game started out slow for both teams. Each team was a little sloppy with the basketball as Belfry had 9 turnovers in the first half and Tug Valley 10 miscues. Both teams were cold from the floor as the Panthers only shot 26 percent, while the Pirates hit 30 percent of their shots.
Both teams started using full-court pressure, which attributed to the turnovers and careless passing by each squad.
Belfry led 11-9 after one quarter of play and both teams scored 11 points in the second quarter. Thus Belfry kept its 2-point lead at 22-20 heading into the dressing room at the half.
Garrett Fannin led BHS with 8 first half points, while Dawson Isom scored 6. Austin Baisden led TVHS with 6 first half points, while Calvin Blankenship scored 5.
The Pirates extended their lead to 30-22 at the 5:30 mark of the third quarter and led 38-33 heading into the final 8:00 minutes of play.
The game was extremely physical and both teams were in the double-bonus early in the second half. Tug Valley’s Austin Baisden fouled out with 7:01 left in the game.
Tug Valley’s Shane Marcum provided a big spark off the bench for Coach Garland “Rabbit” Thompson as he fired in a couple of jump shots to help the Panther’s comeback.
One of Marcum’s long jumpers cut the Belfry lead to 44-43 with 5:03 left in the game. A couple of possessions later, Tug Valley regained the lead on a 3-pointer by Hayden Sturgell at 48-46 with 3:46 left in the contest.
Sturgell then hit 1-of-2 free throws to increase the lead to 3 points with 2:28 remaining.
From that point the game was a foul shooting contest and the Panthers were able to pull away down the final stretch of the hotly contested game.
“That was those kids tonight,” TVHS Garland Thompson said after the game. “They wanted it just a little bit more.”
“We battled through adversity the whole game and got no breaks,” Thompson added. “They still found a way to win a basketball game.”
“Shane (Marcum) came in and really bailed us out,” the Panther coach said. “He hit a couple of big foul shots and a big three. We were a little lucky, but you have to win those now and then.”
“Anytime you come over here and win that is a plus,” Thompson concluded. “This is a good tournament. The crowd was big – vocal and loud. I’m just pleased we got the win.”
“I told the guys in the locker room with about 5:00 minutes left in the quarter I pulled us back,” Belfry coach Mark Thompson said in a hoarse voice in the dressing room after the game. “That is on me. I should I kept the gas down and we gave up a little run there.”
“I thought we were a little tired, but I knew they were tired too,” Mark Thompson added. “I should have kept doing what we do best. That one is on me.”
“Tug Valley is a good basketball team and Coach Thompson does a good job. They have been there before in those types of games and they know how to finish,” the Pirate coach added. “My guys don’t understand just yet how to value every possession. We took some bad shots. Overall, we have to work for respect in this area. We’re tired of moral victories. We have just got to learn how to finish. That is going to come. I love coaching these guys. We have to get better from the free throw line.
“We will get better,” Thompson concluded.
Both teams pulled down 38 total rebounds for the game, but each team was cold from the floor.
Belfry only hit 15-59 shots for 25 percent, including 3-of-14 from 3-point land for 21 percent. The Pirates were only 14-27 at the charity stripe for 52 percent.
Tug Valley was a little better from the field making 19-50 shots for 38 percent and 4-of-19 from behind the arc for 21 percent. They were only 14-24 at the free throw line for 58 percent.
Garrett Fannin and Dawson Isom led Belfry with 14 points each, while Trey Price and Cole Bentley added 6 points apiece. Isom pulled down 12 rebounds and Bentley had 7 boards.
Belfry is without the service of Nathan Copley who has an injured knee.
Hayden Sturgell led Tug Valley with 15 points and he also pulled down 9 rebounds. Shane Marcum had 12 points off the bench, while Calvin Blankenship added 11. Thomas Baisden had 6 points and 12 rebounds, while Austin Basiden added 8 points.
The Mountain Schoolboy Classic continued on Saturday night with Sheldon Clark taking on Jenkins, Magoffin County playing Cass, Georgia and Belfry hosted Tolsia. Those results will be in Tuesday’s edition of the WDN.
Tug Valley is now 3-1 on the season and will travel to Cross Lanes Christian on Friday night, while Belfry fell to 3-6. The Pirates will travel to Pikeville on Friday, Jan. 3rd and play host to Shelby Valley on Saturday, Jan. 4th.
Score by quarters:
TVHS (3-1) … 9 11 13 23 - 56
Belfry 3-6) …. 11 11 16 9 - 47
Tug Valley (56) – T. Baisden 6, K. Newsome 2, A. Baisden 8, C. Blakenship 11, H. Sturgell 15, A. Copley 2, S. Marcum 12 and B. Ooten 0.
Belfry (47) – G. Fannin 14, T. Price 6, A. Woolum 0, C. Bentley 6, D. Isom 14, C. Catron 2, K. Carr 0, K. Edwards 0, A. Fletcher 5.
Sheldon Clark 67, Boyd County 65 OT
GOODY, Ky. – The Sheldon Clark Cardinals came from behind to defeat Boyd County 67-65 in the Mountain Schoolboy Classic played at Belfry High School on Friday night.
The Cardinals actually got off to a solid start and led 20-14 after one quarter.
However, the second quarter was terrible for the Martin County squad. They were outscored 19-4. With the score tied 24-24, Boyd County went on a 9-0 run and went into the dressing room at the half leading 33-24.
Chase Parsley fired in 12 first half points for the Cards, while Tristan Burgess fired in four 3-pointers for the Lions to score 12 points. Bobby Anderson added 7 points to help BCHS take the lead.
“I jumped them at halftime,” Sheldon Clark head coach Frankie Smith said. “Not only did we just score 4 points, but we gave up 19. We were not playing good defense.”
But, he made some adjustments and Sheldon Clark battled back to outscore Boyd County 15-9 in the third quarter and the game ended up 56-56 at the end of regulation.
The Lions had a chance and plenty of time to make the go-ahead basket, but did not get off a good shot.
“We went into a 2-3 zone,” Smith said, “I don’t like to use that type of defense. I hardly ever use it.” But it worked.
With 42 seconds left in overtime, Heath Maynard made a layup to give the Cards a 64-62 lead.
Parsley hit a pair of free throws to give SCHS a little breathing room and a 66-62 advantage with only 12 seconds left.
Dylan James hit another foul shot to make it 67-62.
Boyd County hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make the final score closer, but Sheldon Clark pulled out the win and improved to 7-2 on the season.
“This was a signature win for us at this point in the season,” Smith said. “We didn’t play good against Knott County and get beat badly. Then we lost at Morgan County. We won last night (Thursday) over Tolsia, but I wasn’t happy with the way we played.”
“We are starting three freshmen and we’re still learning,” Smith added. “This was a good win for us tonight and we need to build on it.”
Parsley led the Cards with 29 points, while James scored 17. Ethan Osborne contributed 9 points, while Heath Maynard and Trevor Blackburn each scored 6 points.
Anderson led the Lions with 24 points, while Burgess added 18.
BCHS made 21-49 from the field for 43 percent, including 13-27 from behind the 3-point line for 48 percent. At the free throw line Boyd County was 10-11 for 91 percent.
SCHS hit 22-52 from the floor for 41 percent and 9-24 from behind the arc for 38 percent. The Cards were 14-24 from the foul line for 58 percent.
Sheldon Clark will play at Paintsville Friday, Jan. 3rd and Allen Central Saturday, Jan. 4th at the Expo Center in Pikeville, Ky. in the All ‘A’ Classic.
Score by quarters:
SCHS (7-2) … 20 4 15 17 11 – 67
BCHS (3-7) … 14 19 9 14 9 – 65
Sheldon Clark (67) – C. Parsley 29, D. James 17, T. Blackburn 6, H. Maynard 6 and E. Osborne 9.
Boyd County (65) – C. Meade 2, G. Griffith 13, T. Burger 18, J. Black 4, B. Anderson 24, C. Gauze 2 and K. Mullins 2.
GOODY, Ky. – Four games were played on the opening day of the annual Mountain Schoolboy Classic held at Belfry High School on Thursday.
Here are the results from those games.
Cass, Ga. 61, Belfry 52
Cass, Georgia defeated the host Belfry Pirates 61-52 on the first night of the round-robin tournament.
Belfry dug a big hole and got behind early. Then they fought back to try to overcome the lead, however they missed several free throws down the stretch and were unable to bounce back.
Belfry trailed 35-12 at the half and only scored 3 points in the second quarters. They fought back to outscore Cass 26-13 in the third quarter, but could not climb back far enough after being down so much early in the game.
Garrett Fannin and Trey Price each scored 14 points to lead Belfry, while Cole Bentley added 9 points. Austin Woolum had 6 steals and 3 assists to go with his 3 points. Dawsom Isom added 6 points.
Score by quarters:
Cass … 17 18 13 13 - 61
Belfry …9 3 26 14 - 52
Cass (61) –Woodard 10, Wells 8, Morning 14, Cathron 5, Reed 8, Curtis 2, Brown 6 and Munday 8.
Belfry (52) – G. Fannin 14, T. Price 14, A. Woolum 3, C. Bentley 9, D. Isom 6, K. Carr 0, C. Catron 4 and A. Fletcher 2.
Sheldon Clark 69, Tolsia 54
The Sheldon Clark Cardinals defeated the Tolsia Rebels 69-54 in the Mountain Schoolboy Classic on the opening night of the event held at Belfry High School.
SCHS trailed after one quarter 15-13, but came back to take a 29-28 lead at the half.
The Cardinals of head coach Frankie Smith outscored their West Virginia rival 40-26 in the second half to pull away with the win.
Chase Parsley fired in 28 points, while Trevor Blackburn
Score by quarters:
SCHS … 13 16 22 18 -
Tolsia …. 15 13 10 16 -
SCHS - Parsley 28, Blackburn 17, Maynard 8, James 7,Osborne 4, Dalton 2 and Sartin 3.
Tolsia - Stroud 17, Sturgill 13, Ward 7, Adkins 7, Salmons 8 and Cantrell 2.