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Page 6 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, December 10. 2009 St. Paul e(lges Johnson County by Allen Gregory  Little man Corey Ellis came i pp big for St. Paul in their 52-49 " Kin over Johnson County, Tennessee in the Alpha-Natural Resources John Battle Tip-off Tournament at John Battle on Wednesday, December 2. i ? Ellis&apos; heroics took place with less-than 10 seconds to play in the game. In that 10 seconds, Ellis went to the basket with a driving layup to break a 49-49 tie. Then with 1.3 left in the game he grabbed a rebound after a. missed Johnson County free throw. He was fouled and made one of two free throws to give :St..Paul a 52-49 lead with 1.3 ;seconds left.  Trying to throw long for a ;possible three pointer or a lay up apd foul, the Johnson County ayer threw the ball out of ,'bbunds giving the ball back'to ,St-. Paul who ran out the clock "fOr the victory. The Deacons needed Ellis' heroics to get the win. . With 1 minute 53 seconds )left in the game, St. Paul had a 49-42 lead and a little breathing xoom. The Deacons, however, could not close the game out. Denver Fritz made a short jumper after a Deacon missed free throw. At that point, 1:53 remained on the clock and St. Paul had a 49-42 lead. The Longhorns moved quickly down the floor and Jason Steele made a short jumper in the lane. The Deacons then turned the ball over under heavy pressure from Johnson County. Eric Cullop was fouled and he hit both freebies to cut the Deacon lead to 49-46 with abut 1:24 to play." The Deacons again turned the ball over. The Longhorns missed a shot but Wade Tugman was there for the rebound and put back and foul. Tugman made the free throw that tied the game at 49. Still under heavy pressure, St. Paul was able to control the bali. With just under 50 seconds left St. Paul called their final time out. Coach Damron said he did not call a specific play in the time out. However, he did tell Ellis to look for the high screen. Following the time out St Paul quickly moved the ball around and near the 10 second mark, Mountain Mission edges Castlewood in tournament by Allen Gregory In perhaps the most thrilling game of the John Battle Tourn- ey, Mountain Mission defeated Castlewood 56-53. Maty Getachew's trey at the buzzer got the win for his team. The Blue Devils were down ten at the half as they trailed 31- 21. But do not ever count the Blue Devils out. They are a very disciplined crew and play a very hard nosed brand of defense. The Devils used that de- fense to slowly climb back into the game. Rueben Rasnick's layup tied the game at 51 near the 2:15 mark of the game. Zack Bush came up big for the Devils as he was fouled inside the last minute of regulation. Bush made the two free throws. However, Geta- hew was also fouled near game's end: He also canned the free throw to tie it in regulation. Then Mountain Mission won in overtime. Mountain Mission's ability to hit the treys, they made nine, and Castlewood just over 50% foul shooting, 9 of 17, were big keys in the game's final out- come. Castlewood had 2i baskets for the game and Mountain Mission 20. Castlewood was 9 of 17 from the free throw line while Mountain Mission was 7 of 12. SCORING: Mountain Mission--Bin- yam 23, Getachew 11, Indo- shaw 11, Abate 4, Goitom 5, Hayelom, Samuel 7. Castlewood--Smith 10, Rasnick 12 Justice 12, Bush 17, Fields, Puckett, Collins Mullins, Dingt Allen 2. Deacons win way to finals by Allen Gregory St. Paul put on an im- pressive display of half court defense as they defeated host John Battle 70-44 in Battle's Tip Off Classic at John Battle on Friday, December 4. Mid-way through the first period the Deacons were down 7-6, then they turned up the defensive pressure. Coach Patrick Damron said, "We contested every dribble and every shot." That pressure caused several Battle turnovers and St. Paul was able to close the first quarter with a and lead 21-9 at the close of the first canto. The Deacons continued their pressure in the second quarter and led 34-17 at the close of the first half. The game was never in doubt and St. Paul was able to get the win. After the game Damron said that he was pleased with the patience his team showed in their passing game and how they worked to get the best open shot. Corey Ellis had another excellent game hitting for 12 points and passing out eight assists. Trevor Hileman led the team with 16 points and added five steals. Tyler Phillips had 15 points and six rebounds. SCORING: St. Paul---Ellis 12, Lawson 12, T. Hileman 16, Phillips 15, D. Hileman 5, Edmonds 2, Fritz 8, Dupuie. John Battle---Maiden 5, Hayden 4, M. Fleenor 7, Martin 18, Amos 2, A. Fleenor 1, Leab 5, Denton, Shaeffer, Blaylock, Browning, Blackburn 2. Ellis got the screen and a narrow lane opened. Ellis then drove to the basket for the winning iayup. The much taller Longhorns got many of their points on very close to the basket shots or on put backs. But they were not able to put St. Paul away. The Deacons were able to stay in the game by working hard to get close in shots and playing a pressing type of defense. Reid Edmonds led the Deacons with six rebounds while Trevor Hileman and Ellis each had four assists. Coach Damron said the Deacons pressing defense late in the game was the key to the victory. He added it was the defense and rebounding that eriabled the Deacons to get the nine point lead late in the game. SCORING: Johnson County-- Cullop 11, Greer 8, Steele 9, C. Tugman, Arnold, W. Tugman 6, Humphrey 6, Freeman 9. St. Paul--Ellis 8, Lawson 10, T. Hileman, Edmonds 5, Fritz 9, Phillips 13, Dupuie 2, D. Hileman 5. Blue Devils take third place by Allen Gregory Castlewood's Blue Devils earned third place in the John Battle Tip Off Tournament Satur- day with a 60-43win over host John Battle. Coach Wayne Rasnick's crew put the game away early with a 23-9 first quarter run. They then coasted to a rather easy 17 point win. Blue Devil reserves saw a lot of playing time in this game which will help the Blue crew down the road especially when they get into the hotly contested search for the Cumberland Dis- trict. This tournament showed that at least two players have elevated their play from last year. Zach Bush really worked hard around the basket in the tournament and showed he can play out on the floor also. Blue Devil faithful also worried about the loss of cat quick Ryan Meade to graduation. However 6'2" Seth Justice has showed he knows how to get the job with his steady defense, passing p.lus his ability to hit the key shot and get the ball to the open man. SCORING: Castlewood-- Smith 12, Rasnick 11, Dingus 2, Justice' 9, Bush 9, Puckett, Jenkins, Collins 3, Mullins 5, Lorenzo, Allen 9, Fields, Taylor. John Battle M. Fleenor 4, Marden 4, Hayden 5, Martin 9, Amos 13, Leab, Denton 2, Shaeffer, Blaylock, Bowman 6, Blackburn. Board meeting Sunday, Dec. 13 Due to the' Christmas season, the Clinch River Little League Board of Directors will hold its December meeting on Sunday, December 13 at the UMWA Building in Castlewood. "'"'Stop '- Motorists: ........... for any school bus loadint00 or unloading children! Morcan McC ure Ford KIDS AND DOGS Friends for Life The Staff of Morgan McClure Ford MORGAN McCLURE Saint Paul, VA (276) 762-5535 SPECIAL PROGRAM...Tiger Cubs, Wolves, Bears and  Webel-os from local troops enjoyed a special program at the First Baptist Church in St. Paul on Thursday. Wise County Deputies, front, left to right, Steve Arney, Jason Nichols and Russell Cyphers with yellow Labrador Retriever Sampson demonstrated how the specially-trained dog can detect the presence of concealed drugs. Scouts pictured include, left to right, front row, Jake Austin, Cody Farmer, Ben Neece, Gavin Greer and Will Ireson; back row, Jordan Rasnick, Isaiah Pannell, Alex DeLeon, Hayden Linkous, Will Lunsford and James Tompkins. Scout leaders, not pictured, include Charla Wright, Tiger Cubs; Rick Pannell, Wolves and Bears; and Will Lunsford, Webelos. TIGER CUBS.'.Tiger Cubs, Pack 219, rode in t-heSt. Paul Christmas Parade Saturday on this float. Blue Devils get by Rebels by Allen Gregory Wayne Rasnick and his Castlewood Blue Devils opened the 2009-10 season with a 54- 46 win over Patrick Henry on Wednesday, December 2 in the John Battle Tip Off Tourna- ment. The Blue usually shoot very well from the free throw line, hit on just 8 of 21 for the game. Most times shooting like that from the stripe will find a team being on the short end of the final score, however, on this night, the Blue Devils used their experience and excellent defen- sive play to get the eight point win. The Blue Devils worked their way to a narrow 30-27 quarter points, a very unusual occurrence for the normally good shooting Castlewood crew. Those fans who saw Wednesday's action were treated to a glimpse of what the Blue Devils have in store for opponents as the season moves forward. They turned up the defensive pressure and got some run out baskets and outscored the Rebs 18-9 in the final period to get the win. SCORING: Castlewood--Smith 10, Rasnick 12, Justice 11, Bush 8, Allen 9, Puckett 1, Collins, Mullins, Dingus 4, Fields. Patrick Henry--Harrison 14, Dotson 11, Caudill 4, Crisp lead as the first half ended. The Blue Devils hit a cold streak and tallied only six third Mountain Mission downs St. Paul by Allen Gregory Mountain Mission used their superior speed to get St. Paul 60- 45 in the final of the Alpha Natural Resources John Battle Tip Off Tournament held last week at John Battle. Early in the third period St. Paul had, by being very patient, closed to within one at 23-22 but the Challengers then went to their speed game and ran away from St. Paul. A 16-4 run by Mountain Mission was used to get, control of the game. The Challengers' quickness also took the Deacons out of their game of patience in that all important third period stretch. 3, Rector 6, N. Groves 4, The only problem the Chal- McNew 4, Hawthorne, lengers had was their foul Browning, A. Groves. shooting as they hit only 5 of 14. Castlewood Lady traveling team wins by Scott Chafin The Castlewood Lady Devils 13U girls' travel basket- ball team won their 3 d tourna- ment of the year on November 28 m. They won the 5 th Annual Turkey Shoot Basketball Tour- nament held at Castlewood High School. The Lady Devils were short handed on the week- end and had only 6 players. Lexie Kennedy led the Lady Devils in scoring on the week- end, followed by Haley Crab- tree, Erika Hubbard and Kelsey Fields. Chandra Chafin and Cristen Chafin the two youngest members of the team also Lady Deacons by Allen Gregory Rachel Evans got her final season off to a great start as she poured in 22 points to lead her Lady Deacons to a 14 point 46- 32 win over the visiting Lady Vikings of Powell Valley. Each team put two players in double figures as Hannah Edmonds joined Evans on the double digit side of. the ledger with 10 points while the visitors Chelsea Chadwell and Kelly Schoolcraft had 14 and 10 respectively. The Deacons also controlled the boards with Edmonds and Rejeane Hamm getting eight aptece. Trailing 8-7 as the second quarter began, the Deacons Devils played well. On the day they went 3-0 while outscoring their oppon- ents 74-20. This makes the 22nd tournament win for this group of girls and they have also won 96 games over the past four seasons. On the season the Lady Devils have a record of 13-1. This season's roster includes: Brittany Allen, Chan- dra Chafin, Cristen Chafin, Ha- ley Crabtree, Kelsey Fields, Caitlyn Fleming, Erika Hub- bard, Lexie Kennedy and Korey Purtee. The team is coached by Scott Chafin. open with win turned up their defensive pres- sure. Evans and Wells teamed up for several key steals that helped the Deacons to a six point, 20-14 lead. The Deacons had to work hard to keep the ball from Chadweil and Schoolcraft and they were successful and came up with the 14 point win. Evans also had seven assists and six steals to go with her 22 points. SCORING: Poweli Valley--Chadwell 14, Harbin, Trent 3, Bishop 3, Ja Mitchell, Jo Mitchell 2, Miller, Schoolcraft 10. St. Paul--Hamm 6, Evans 22, Arrington, Wells 8, Edmonds 10, The Deacons had a good game in that area as they hit on 6 of 8. Mountain Mission again had their shooting eyes,as they hit 25 field goals to 19 for St. Paul. Five of the Challengers' field goals were treys while St. Paul had one. SCORING: Mountain Mission--Binyam 2!, Getachew 11, Indashaw 17, Samuel 3, Goitom 6, Abate 2, Teclu, Hayelom. St. Paul--Ellis 3, Lawson 8. T. Hileman 7, Edmonds 6, Phillips 12, D. Hileman 3, Fritz 6. LL00__J The AKC ' remi,nds parents to teach their chiidren how to behave around dogs. Children who learn to treat a dog with care and respect will be safer and more confident around their car, ine pals. For more infor,natim about safety around dogs, visit: - STOP FORANY S<itOOL Bus LOflDING OR UNLOADING CHILDREN!