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Page 6 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, March 10, 2016 2015-16 Conference 48 Boys Basketball All Conference Team Derrick Cusano Sr. Eastside Hunter Cope Sr.- ~omas Walker Nelson Tate Sr. JI Burton Jeremiah Statzer Sr. - Castlewood ~' Austin Johnson Sr. - JI Burton Ethan Darnell Sr. - Twin Springs Tim Counts Sr. Eastside Trey Phillips Jr. Castlewood Iaziah Matthews Sr. Twin Springs Chase Love Fr. - Rye Cove Player of the year: Derrick Cusano Coach of the year: Patrick Damron Honorable Mention: Shawn Williams Sr.- Thom~/s Walker Holton Carter So.- Rye Cove Brady Adams Jr.- JI Burton Luke Lawson So.- Eastside Seth Boles So.- Eastside Spartans fall to Lancaster ,. Eastside led 52-48 with (just under 2 minutes remaining in Saturday's Group A State Quarter Final game, but Lancaster ripped off the last 7 points of the contest for a 55-52 win and a berth in the State ,Final Four in Richmond. "We came in star struck, said Lancaster head coach Tim Rice, playing in a big igym, that's what I was afraid of. We walked" in, and that's how the kids looked, so we played a lit- fie bit tentative the first half." Luke Lawson scored the first bucket of the game on "a nice lay up getting a pass from Adam Ketron and the Spartans grabbed an 8-2 lead in the first three min- utes of play. The Red Devils came back with a 6- 2 run getting scores from Darrin Doggett, James Coleman, and Charlie Henderson dropping the lead to 10-8 Spartans. Cusano capped off an 11 point quarter with a triple and a runner in the lane giving Eastside a 15-10 lead ending the first period. The Spartans fought off a second quarter charge by Lancaster getting scores from Tim Counts and Cusano stretching their lead to 24-15 with 3:02 left in the half. Jay Dillon bagged a pair of threes for the Red Devils in the final 2 minutes making the score 26-21, with Eastside lead- ing at the half. " "I felt like the second half we never looked com- fortable, said Eastside coach Patrick Damron, I thought we scored just enough to keep our lead or stay close. They were obvi- ously the aggressor in the second half." Rasul Henderson scored Lancaster's first basket of the second half off a steal. With Eastside leading 30- 25 Rasul Henderson drilled a long three pointer and after another Spartans turnover Charlie Henderson tied the score at 30. Doggett gave Lancaster their In'st lead of the night, capping off the 8-0 run, with a three ball getting the pass from C. Henderson. Lancaster led 37-32 with 1:32 left in the frame but the Spartans got back to back three point plays from Cusano and Ketron, and a jumper by Counts grabbing a 40-39 lead at the buzzer. "I just told them (at halftime) they were play- ing like they were afraid and I knew they weren't, said Lancaster's Rice. They hadn't played like that, we've been on a good roll the last 10 or 12 games. I felt like we beat ourselves in three of the losses. So, when we play that's what we've been saying to them, 'just play', don't think too much just go out and play and have fun, and that's why. we were more aggres- sive in the second half." The lead changed hands three times in the first 2 minutes of the fourth peri- od. A Cusano three point play knotted the game at 45 with 4:57 left. A pair of Doggett free throws answered a Counts jumper and Eastside led 49-48 with 2:37 left. Hunter Lunsford's free throw and a pair by Cusano gave Eastside a 52-48 edge with 1:59 left. The Spartans would lose Counts and Ketron to fouls within the next 30 seconds and Doggett dropped in a pair at the line cutting the Eastside lead to 52-50. With 1:12 left Cusano brought the ball across mid court pressured by Charlie Henderson. Henderson tipped the ball away taking it in for alay up and a foul. The Lancaster sophomore converted the free throw giving the Red Devils the lead for good 53-52. "I just tuned his dribble right and made the play, said Henderson, it felt like the biggest play I've ever made." Dillon's free throws with 8 seconds left made the score 55-52 giving Eastside a final shot to tie. Cusano had a look at a three but the shot fell wide and'Lancaster had the win. "I knew it would be a close game, said Damron, it's a one possession game with a minute to go against a good team and Lancaster is a good team. I can't say enough about our seniors and what they've done (this season). They put us in this position and every- one bought in and that's why we're here." Doggett led the Red Devils with 16 points and Charlie Henderson added 13 points and 7 rebounds. Derrick Cusano totaled a game high 28 points with 6 rebounds and Tim counts tallied 10 points and 6 boards for the Spartans. Scores Lancaster (55) C. Henderson 13, Doggett 16, T. Henderson 2, Nickens 2, R. Henderson 7, Dillon 8, Coleman 6, Davis 1. Eastside (52) Ketron 5, Cusano 28, Lawson 6, Counts 10, Lunsford 3. Governor vetoes bill permitting sale of high-proof grain spirits On Monday evening who have been tasked with Govemor Terry McAuliffe reducing harm associated ~vetoed legislation that with alcohol abuse on col- would have allowed the sale of high-proof class 1 neutral grain spirits in the Commonwealth of .Virginia. The Governor's decision .to veto the legisla- tion stems from his con- tern, and those expressed by educators and health professionals, about the impact the sale of these inexpensive and flavor- and aroma-neutral products would have on underage drinking and binge drink- ing on college campuses. The Gox;ernor also issued a letter to the Secretaries of Health and Human Resources, Education and Public Safety and Homeland Security, directing them to iI develop recommendations ;9n how Virginia could sell i these products responsibly, ;without increasing danger- ',gus underage or binge 4, drinking. The Governor's full veto message is below: March 7, 2016 t , Pursuant to Article V, ,, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia, I , veto House Bill 143, which ;would allow the sale of : Class 1 neutral grain spirits "or alcohol, as defined by , federal regulations, that are |,without distinctive charac- ' ter, aroma, taste, or color at i a proof greater than 101 in government stores. : I put forward an amend- , ment to require a reenact- ,'. ment of the leg.islation in ' order to give the legislative , and the executive branches ',further time to study this : issue. The amendment i ~equidng reenactment was :rejected by the House of Delegates. .' The educators and i health professionals from "- across the Commonwealth lege campuses raised pub- lic safety concerns with this legislation. I share their concern that a prime market for these products is young people who are attracted to their high proof and low cost. Underage drinking and binge drink- ing, particularly on college campuses, are threats to public health and safety that we should be working to curb. Therefore, I con- tinue to believe the best course of action is to study this issue further, with par- ticular focus on the restric- tions and strategies imple- mented by other states that can be codified to reduce potential abuse of such products by young adults and youth, before selling this product in Virginia. Accordingly, I veto this bill. Sincerely, Terence R. McAuliffe I:HEVItOLET Joe Salyer Eastside's Derrick Cusano looks for a shot in Saturday's state quar- ter final against Lancaster. Eastside's Tim Counts #20 looks to pass over Lancaster's Trevor Henderson #5. Bill to assist law enforcement in locating kidnapping victims passes General Assembly HB875 would allow law enforcement to immediately access real- time location data from mobile devices when there is belief of immedi- ate danger Delegate Hugo's HB875 has successfully passed both the House and the Senate. It will now be placed before the Governor to sign into law. HB875, commonly referred to as the Kelsey Smith Act, would require wireless phone providers to respond immediately to law enforcement requests to ping mobile devices for real-time location data for suspected victims of .abduction who are believed to be in immediate danger. This law has been passed and successfully enacted in over 20 states. On the passage of lib 875, Delegate Hugo stated: "This is an important step to ensure that every tool at our disposal is being utilized for public safety. In cases of abduction, every second matters. My col- leagues and I want to ensure that law enforce- ment has immediate access to the data that they need to prevent these tragedies from happening in Virginia." The bill is named in memory of Kelsey Smith, a young woman who was abducted in 2007 just two miles from her home in Kansas City, Kansas. Law enforcement requested to ping Kelsey's phone for location data, but were forced to Wait three days to finally receive the informa- tion. When the p0fice Were finally provided the data, it took only 45 minutes to discover the location of Kelsey's body. For more information about the Kelsey Smith Foundation, please visit their website at kelseysarmy.org. 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