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Flying Eagles hit 17 3-pointers in win over Spring Valley boys

January 30, 2019
Spring Valley's CJ Meredith (22) makes a move on Beckley Woodrow Wilson's Micah Hancock (30) during a West Virginia boys high school basketball game on Monday at Spring Valley High School.

SPRING VALLEY — Woodrow Wilson beat Spring Valley by 16 points Monday night, 77-61, but the difference was 17.

The Flying Eagles (9-6), ranked ninth in Class AAA boys basketball, made 17 of 27 3-point shots to pull away from the Timberwolves (8-8) at the Wolves Den.

“When we shoot the ball like that, we’re really good,” Eagles coach Ron Kidd said. “If we don’t, we have to get better on defense.”

Woodrow Wilson was really good, bettering the 17-for-28 performance it turned in a 93-83 loss to No. 4 University on Dec. 21. Danny Bicky led the Eagles with 23 points, 18 from 3-point range. Bryce Radford scored 19, 12 from beyond the 3-point arc. Richard Law added 16, 12 on 3-pointers.

Woodrow Wilson was strong in other areas, too, as Ben Gilliam pulled down 10 of his team’s 29 rebounds, seven more than Spring Valley.

“We shot extremely well,” Kidd said. “Our defense played a lot better, too, and I’m glad we played with determination.”

The game was close early. Jordan McMaris made a jumper with 59 seconds left in the first half to break a 31-31 tie and the Eagles never trailed again. McMaris added a basket at the buzzer to give his team a 35-31 halftime lead. Bicky then made a trio of 3-pointers to begin the third period as Woodrow Wilson pulled away.

The Timberwolves pulled as close as 46-38 after a basket by C.J. Meredith, who led Spring Valley with 25 points, but couldn’t stop the Eagles’ shooters.

“Our guys did an excellent job of getting open,” Kidd said. “Give the kids credit. They did a good job of reading the defense and doing what they needed to do to get open shots.”

Chase Maynard scored 13 and Graeson Malashevich 11 for Spring Valley, which has lost six of its last seven.

Kidd said teams should be wary of the Timberwolves and he expects them to return to their winning ways of a 7-2 start.

“I know Spring Valley is going through a hard time right now, but that’s a team I wouldn’t want to play in the tournament,” Kidd said. “They’re well coached and honestly this was the best we’ve played here in a long time. That’s definitely the best second half we’ve played here in a while. They’re a good team.”

Woodrow Wilson led by as many as 18 points twice in the second half, the first when Law scored from the lane with 3:45 remaining, the second when Bicky made two free throws with 34 seconds left.

The Timberwolves return to action at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Class AAA No. 2-ranked Hurricane (13-2). The Eagles are back on the court vs. Hampshire at 7:20 p.m. Friday in the Big Atlantic Classic in Beckley.

WOODROW WILSON 14 21 26 16 — 77: Jones 3, Radford 19, Ince 3, Gilliam 2, Hancock 2, McMaris 2, Law 16, Bicky 23.

SPRING VALLEY 14 17 14 16 — 61: Maynard 13, Ellis 4, Booth 3, Malashevich 10, A. Ball 2, Meredith 25, Nester 3.

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