RED JACKET – The Mingo Central Miners were edged out by Herbert Hoover on Friday night with a final score of 49-45.
The Miners are off to a rough start of the 2015-2016 season after losing two in a row. On Friday night the Miners faced off against a taller Hoover team and failed to walk away with a victory. The Miners fell behind early in the first quarter as Hoover outscored them 18-4. Despite the slow start the Miners put together a nice rally in the second quarter, Hoover maintained the lead but the Miners outscored Hoover 13-4.
At Halftime Hoover entered the locker room with a lead of 22-17. The Miners became more at ease during the third quarter but Hoover kept the lead outscoring the Miners 15-9. The Miners did outscore Hoover in the last quarter 19-14 but the damage had been done and the Miners took a loss with a close final score of 45-49.
The Miners ability to play team ball was evident during the game, the scoring was evenly distributed among the players. Tyler Grimmette led the Miners in points with 10, Keyshawn Rhodes was close behind with nine total points, Dalton Hatfield finished with eight points and Kenny Allen added seven points.
The Miners showed they are a team looking to penetrate the paint and work the ball around for the open shot although, Hoover’s 1-3-1 defense during the first half halted the Miners ability to drive to the basket and kept them around the perimeter.
Hoover’s Mathew Justice finished the game with 23 total points; he made four 3-pointers and five of his free throws. Evan Boother finished as Hoover’s second leading scorer with 11 points.
Up next for the Miners is an away game at Poca on Dec. 15. Followed by two more away games then finishing off the month of December with a home game against Chapmanville on Dec. 22.
MC: 4 13 9 19 – 45
HH: 18 4 15 14 – 49
(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)