RED JACKET – A sigh of relief fell over the Mingo Central Miners basketball program as they looked up at the scoreboard which showed them upsetting Tolsia 46-38.
Tolsia entered the game tied for 10th place with Chapmanville in the Class 2A AP prep polls. The Rebels impressive record of 6-2 did not scare away the win-less Miners. Mingo Central has spent the early part of the season rebuilding the program. Garland Thompson is settling into his first year with the Miners and the players are beginning to improve.
Daniel Buchanan made the biggest impact for the Miners, during the win, by leading the team in points and rebounds. Buchanan finished the night with 16 points and nine rebounds, just one rebound shy of reaching a double-double.
Buchanan was not alone in impacting the score, the Miners received a boost of support from Wes Milam who scored five crucial points off the bench. Milam netted a 3-pointer and another field goal with perfect timing to keep the lead on the Miners side. Dalton Hatfield led the miners in assists with five.
The win could show signs of progress for the Miners heading forward. “As bad as we have been struggling early on it feels really good to get a win under our belt,” said Thompson.
Thompson said, “We played a lot better tonight, we didn’t have nearly as many turnovers, and we didn’t have nearly as many defensive mistakes tonight; that’s something we have been working hard on.”
The Miners outscored the rebels in all four periods of play. The Miners held tightly to a five point lead at halftime that blossomed into an eight point lead by the end of the game. Tolsia stayed close but fell victim to missed shots and missed free throws.
The Miners rise to a record of 1-6 now and the Rebels fall to a record of 6-3. The Miners next game is scheduled for Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. on the road against Wesleyan Christian Academy.
Score by quarters:
Mingo: 13 10 10 13 – 46
Tolsia: 11 7 8 12 – 38
Mingo: Daniel Buchanan -16, Dalton Hatfield -11, Aaron Banks -7, Kenny Allen -5, Wes Milam -5, Garrett Moore -2.
Tolsia: Coty Jude -13, Logan Presley -7, Jordan Johnson -6, Wayne Williamson -5, Tyler Stroud -4, Jared Switzer -3.
(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)