First half shooting lifts Timberwolves over Knights 70-65
ONA — Spring Valley handed the Cabell Midland boys their first loss of the boys basketball season, 70-65, Saturday night after surviving a dominant fourth quarter from the Knights (6-1).
C.J. Meredith recorded a double-double for the Timberwolves (4-2) with 27 points and 13 rebounds. Jake Edwards led the Knights with 20 points, including a dozen in the final quarter.
CMHS took an early 8-7 over the visitors but then went cold from the floor, knocking in just a single basket over the next 8:20 while SVHS went on a 27-2 run, building a 40-19 lead by halftime.
Knights coach Rick Chaffin said he thought his team responded well after the Timberwolves “lights out shooting” in the first half, and thinks the loss could strengthen Cabell Midland later in the year.
“I told our kids that this was a good game for us because win or lose, we faced some adversity. How well you respond to adversity will often tell you what kind of team you have,” Chaffin said.
The Timberwolves led by as many as 23 in the second half before Midland began chipping away at the lead. Trailing 57-35 heading into the fourth quarter, the Knights put together a scoring run of their own, scoring 25 of the next 28 points to make it a one possession game, 64-62, with just more than one minute left. Nate Ellis tallied the last of his nine points on a layup with 31-seconds remaining that extended the lead back to two possessions.
“We controlled the game for a good 27 minutes,” Spring Valley head coach Cory Maynard said. “When they turned up the pressure we didn’t handle it as well as we should have and had some missed opportunities and turnovers that allowed them back into the game.”