By GARY DOVE
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The visiting Mingo Central Miners broke an 11-all tie with 1:33 remaining in the first quarter and never looked back in taking a 66-55 verdict over the host Mount View Golden Knights on Saturday evening at the Castle.
The setback snaps a six-game win streak by the View (11-4). The Miners are now 9-8 with the win, finishing a four games in five nights marathon.
Senior Austin Banks led the Mingo Central attack with 27 points, followed by Marqus Cunningham’s 16.
Antoine Calloway and Maurice Brown scored 15 and 13 points respectively for the Golden Knights.
First year Miner head coach Brad Napier assessed, “I thought we played well tonight. ...
“We finally made a few shots. We’ve been really cold the last couple games. I thought after we made a few shots and took the lead, that helped us get on a roll.”
Midway through the opening frame, following a timeout, Tashaan Vineyard downed a three to give the View a 9-7 lead.
Alex Lee tied the score at nine on a goal from close range before Brown sliced to the hoop, knocking down a bucket for the final Golden Knight advantage of the contest.
At the 2:35 mark, Banks knotted the count at 11 before Lee’s deuce moved the Miners on top for good.
Banks added a trey, one of four he recorded in the game, to close out the first with a 16-11 lead.
Mingo Central scored 11 of the first 18 points of the second to go on top 27-20 at the three minute mark and then went on a 9-1 run to close out the half, leading 36-21.
Remarked Knight head coach Gary Brown after the game, “A couple of things really bothered me. One was we didn’t play well at the beginning of the game. We missed a lot of easy opportunities at the rim, which put us behind. I thought if we had made some of those and got into a flow, we could have played better.”
The second came near the two-minute mark of the third when Mount View had cut a 16-point deficit down to 11.
Coach Brown continued, “We gave them two opportunities at the basket and the other, we gave them a putback on a free throw miss. Both times, we didn’t box out.”
Twice in the final frame, the Miner advantage reached 21 before a Mount View 12-2 run to close out the game.
The Knights will entertain Mountain Mission Monday night, while the Miners return home to host Chapmanville Tuesday night.
At The Castle
MINGO CENTRAL (9-8)
Austin Banks 8 7-11 27, Julius Hatcher 2 0-0 6, Marqus Cunningham 6 4-8 16, Alex Lee 4 1-3 9, Garth Simpkins 1 1-2 3, Hammond 2 1-2 5. Totals 23 14-26 66.
MOUNT VIEW (11-4)
Tashaan Vineyard 2 1-2 7, Ishmyle Sawyers 2 2-3 6, William Johnson 1 2-2 4, Jerry Saunders 1 1-2 3, Antoine Calloway 7 0-0 15, Maurice Brown 5 3-4 13, Donnell Bonds 3 1-2 7. Totals 21 10-15 55.
Mingo Central.................16 20 18 12 — 66
Mount View.....................11 10 19 15 — 55
Three-point goals — MC 6 (Banks 4, Hatcher 2); MV 3 (Vineyard 2, Calloway 1).