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Page 6 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, January 14, 2016 Union tops Eastside Raashaun Noaks led four Bears in double fig- ares as Union defeated Eastside 68-55 in non con- ference action Wednesday Jan 6th at Eastside. "We want a balanced attack, said Union head coach Zack Moore. We've got several guys that can lead us in scoring. It makes your team better, it makes it harder for other teams to scout you. It's what we want, it's what we've talked about doing. Hopefully we can do this consistently," said Moore. Noaks totaled 18 points while Jake Barnett posted 17, James Mitchell 16 and Wes Slagle added 14 Derrick Cusano notched a game high 24 points for Eastside and Seth Boles carded 10. "Union is pretty good, ii said Eastside coach Patrick Damron. We schedule them for a reason. They are as athletic a team as you'll fred in this area, you can't mimic that athleticism." Cusano's deuce knotted the score at 9 with just over .4 minutes left in the first frame. Noaks would score the next four points with hard driving lay ups giving the Bears the lead. Barnett scored a three point play , and Noaks closed the first with a triple claiming a 19- 11 lead at the end of the first. The Bears pushec their lead to 27-15 in th6 second with a put back by Mitchell. The Spartans .chopped the lead to six get- ting a long two from Cusano and a rare four .point play from Boles. Eastside again pulled with- ,in 6 of the lead when Cusano hit a pair at the line with less than :20 to play in the half. Slagle dropped in a three making the halftime score 34-25. Union broke the game open with an 11-2 run to begin the second half. Bamett bagged 6 in the run as the Bears lead rose to 45-27. Cusano broke free for 5 points in the final 2:25 of the period but Noaks matched that with five and Mitchell tallied 4 for a 56-35 Union lead. "We just kept doing 'what we were trying to do, . said Union's Moore. They were playing a zone and we wanted to start the ball in and work it out. I thought our guys did a nice job of getting the ball inside and our shooters did "a nice job of sliding to the open spots and knocking down shots. Defensively I thought we were better the second half .helping on Cusano, he's a good player, I thought James did a nice job on him and I thought our other four did a nice job of helping. Every shot he took was tough shot." Back to back threes by Cusano pulled the Spartans within 17. Slagle respond- ed with a pair of jumpers for the Bears that made the score67-46with 2:46 left to play. Eastside ended the contest with a 7-0 run for a f'mal score of 68-55. "We tried some zone, we tried some man defense. At the end .of the day I thought Raashaun "hurt us, he hit some shots when we were in zone and I thought Slagle played well for Union. I don't feel like we were doing any- thing wrong, our kids were battling. I thought Derrick (Cusano) and Seth (Boles) played well. A good take- away from this game said Damron, we battled to the end against a good athletic team, I like the fact that we never gave up." Scores Union- Gavin 2, Slagle 14, Undy 1, Barnett 17, Mitchell 16, Noaks 18. Eastside- Ketron 2, Boles 10, Livingston 6, Cusano 24(9rebs), Lawson 5, Counts 4, Rhoton 4(9rebs). Eastside got past Thomas Walker 61-54 Friday at Thomas Walker. Derrick Cusano tallied 23 for the Spartans and Seth Boles added 13. Hunter Cope totaled 36 for the Pioneers. Lady Spartans Win at Castlewood Eastside edged the Lady Devils 71-60 at Castlewood Tuesday in the Cumberland conference opener. Hannah Wyrick paced the Lady Spartans with 21 points and 5 assists and Kaylee Jones canned 16 points. Kelly Sykes added 15 points and a game high 14 rebounds. Emily Moore also notched a dou- ble double scoring 12 points while pulling down 11 boards. McKinley Isaacs pumped in 23 for the Lady Devils. Sydney Strange scored 15 points with 5 threes and Lauren Couch added 10 points. Wyrick scored 8 points for the Lady Spartans in the first period. Castlewood countered draining 4 three pointers, three by Sydney Strange and another by McKinley Isaacs, to lead 16-13 after the first quarter. Eastside hit their first 7 shots of the second quarter including back to back threes from Haley Mullins and Wyrick in what proved to be the pivotal quarter of the game. Lauren Couch(8) and Isaacs(4) combined for 12 in the frame for the Lady Devils. Wyrick's 8 and 6 by Jones helped Eastside pick up two points on the lead and 5 by Mullins gave the Lady Spartans a 37-31 lead at the half. "I felt like we played hard from the tip, said Eastside coach Barry Ruff. They beat us once before and we let them dictate the tempo, tonight I felt like we dictated the tempo from tip to finish so I thought we did a good job with that. We pushed the tempo and pressed them a little bit early and got some turnovers and hit some shots. Overall I thought we played a solid game against a solid team." Eastside got 10 points from Jones and 6 from Moore in the third period building a 10 point lead but the Lady Devils battled back with scores by Isaacs, Lauren Couch, and Cassidy Fleming to pull within 6 late in the period. Free throws by Wyrick and a two from Sykes gave The Lady Spartans a 56-48 lead heading to the fourth quar- ter. Isaacs dropped a triple early in the fourth and the Lady Devils continued to rally. Eastside kept the lead with a trio of free throws and a two by Wyrick. With 2:33 remaining Strange sent in a three and Isaacs hit a lay up making the score 65-60. The Lady Spartans finished Off the contest scoring the final 6 points of the game for the 71-60 win. Scores- Eastside 71- Mullins 7, Sykes 15, Jones 16, Wyrick 21, Moore 12. Castlewood 60- Sam Couch 1, Lauren Couch 10, Strange 15, Fleming 9, Home 2, Isaacs 23. Spartans surge past Blue Devils Hunter Lunsford's scoop of a loose ball and lay up sparked a 20-3 Spartan rally that turned the game in favor of Eastside. The Spartans would outscore Castlewood 31-15 in the second quarter, on their way to a Cumberland open- ing 87=72 win over the Blue Devils. Threes by Kyle Kennedy and Trey Phillips gave the Devils a 4 point lead in the first period. Jumpers by Seth Boles and Derrick Cusano gave Eastside a slim 18-16 lead at the break. "I thought during the second quarter we did a good job of breaking their press, said Eastside coach Patrick Damron. What we talked about was breaking their press, not breaking it to set up anything but breaking it to score. What Castlewood forces you to do is play basketball. They take away a lot of your half court sets and motion offense. They're going to press you then they're going to pressure you in the half court. I told them when you break the press don't break it to pull it out, break it to score. I thought we did a much better job in the second quarter," stated Damron. Roy Mabry drained a long triple to put the Devils in front 19-18 on Castlewood's opening pos- session. Cusano sank a pair of free throws, then Lunsford picked up the loose ball at half court tak- ing it in for a lay up. The Eastsiders would rip off 16 more in a 20-3 run for a 38- 22 lead. The Spartans led 49-31 at the half. The Spartans got 4 from Corey McReynolds in an 8- 2 run in the third period lifting the Eastside lead to 24, 59-95. The Devils trailed 67-48 going to the fou h quarter. Castlewood got a three from Kennedy on the Devils first posses- sion. Later treys by Tyler Milgrim and J.J. Statzer cut the lead to 16. With 2:27 remaining Kennedy's scored a three point play and Roy Mabry followed it with a lay up and the JJ Statzer #13 drives to the lane against Burton's #1 Austin Johnson. Spartan lead was 7.8-66. "We went through a stretch where we were taking bad shots and forcing things, said Damron. That's part of what Castlewood wants you to do. ,Coach Johnson has his kids playing hard and they're going to foro, e tempo." Eastside scored on their next 5 possessions including 4 consecutive free throws by Boles to lock up the win 87-72. "It was a lack of intensi- ty, said Castlewood coach Casey Johnson. The thing that should always be a constant for us, intensity, wasn't there until the sec- ond half and the second half it was a 19 point game. We've got to be able to start earlier against a good team. You can't give a good team a cushion like that. I thought some easy baskets in transition gave them a big lead that's almost insurmountable against a good team." Derrick Cusano totaled 22 points, 13 rebounds, 5 blocks and 5 assists in the game for Eastside. Seth Boles tallied 20 points and Hunter Lunsford tossed in 14 points. Kyle Kennedy led five Blue Devils in dou- ble figures scoring 19 Continued on page 7 Castlewood's Tyler Milgrim #2 goes for two. Castlewood's McKinley Isaacs #34 scores her 1000th career point on this shot against the Lady Raiders Friday. Eastside's Kaylee Jones looks to score. Lauren Couch #10 looks inside to Shaakira Horne #20. 5