NAUGATUCK – The game started off evenly matched but the Tug Valley Panthers pulled away late in the second period and never looked back. The Panthers dominated the game and defeated Greater Beckley Christian (GBC) by a score of 80-43.
The first period was highlighted by Tug Valley’s Calvin Blankenship, who received the ball on a fast break and took advantage; soaring above the rim and slamming down an incredible dunk that put the home town fans on their feet and at attention.
The game started off with both teams going shot for shot until Jeremy Dillon hit a 3-pointer that allowed Tug Valley some room to run. The Panthers continued to add to the score as the minutes winded down with Tyler May hitting a big 3-pointer, Garrett brown hitting a 3-pointer, and then finally Calvin Blankenship ending the period with a highlight dunk that shook the gym. The first period ended with the Panthers ahead 23-12.
The Panthers entered the second period with a lot of intensity but little scoring. Tug Valley went scoreless in the second period until Chandler Runyon broke the ice at the 2:38 mark and was fouled in the process. Runyon added the free throw and the Panthers were loose. Calvin Blankenship threw up and oop from an inbounds play to Dillon at the 1:45 mark that set the Panthers scoring train in motion. With the time winding down, Dillon hit a 3-pointer and then Brown hit another 3-pointer and the Panthers entered halftime with the lead. The score at the half was 36-16 with Tug Valley leading.
GBC entered the second half determined and scored four quick points to start the third period. Johnthan Blankenship intercepted the ball on a pass and scored two quick points for the Panthers and the game took a drastic turn from that moment forward.
Tug Valley rained down 3-pointers in the second half and went on a couple of big scoring runs that GBC couldn’t answer. Johnthan Blankenship started off the fourth period with a 3-pointer and the Panthers burned up the net. Brown hit another big 3-pointer at the 5:57 mark of the fourth period to put the Panthers score way out of reach of GBC at 68-36. The Panther cruised onto an 80-43 victory over GBC.
Dillon led the Panthers in scoring with 22 points, May added 11 points to the total score. All of the Panthers chipped into the final score. Dillon ended up with a double-double after also pulling in 11 rebounds. Corbin Oliver led the teams in assists with six. Devin Accord led GBC in scoring with 10 points.
Scores by quarter:
TV: 23 13 23 21 – 80
GBC: 12 4 16 11 – 43
TV: Jeremy Dillon -22, Johnthan Blankenship -9, Chandler Runyon -5, Tyler May -11, Brady Spaulding -2, Corbin Oliver -7, Garrett Brown -9, Calvin Blankenship -9, Colby Savage -4, Brett Ooten -2.
GBC: Johnathan Moore-4, William Mullins -6, Devin Accord -10, Chris Cook -5, Jacob O’Neal -4, Anthony Helton -8, Garrett Matherly -6.
(William Plaster is the sport reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext.2274, or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)