By BOB REDD
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The Battle moves indoors.
The football teams did it at Mitchell Stadium in August. The girls basketball teams did it a couple of weeks ago at River View High School. Tonight, the boys basketball teams from Bluefield and Graham High School meet in the latest edition of the Battle of the Bluefields tonight at the Brushfork Armory.
Graham enters the game with a 5-1 record with wins over Richlands (2), Giles (2) and Bland County. The G-Men’s lone loss has come at the hands of former Southwest District foe Abingdon in the opening game of the season.
“As a team I think we really pass the ball well, we’ve shared the ball well, we’ve played unselfishly and we’ve shot the ball extremely well,” said Graham head coach Glynn Carlock, Jr. “I’ve been really pleased with these guys to this point. At times we’re defending pretty well. There’s room for improvement, but I’m proud of the guys, it has been a nice start.”
Bluefield played its season opener Tuesday night and defeated sectional rival PikeView at the Armory. Beavers coach Buster Large knows his team is going to have their hands full with the G-Men.
“They’re off to a great start. They’re 5-1 and have beat some very quality opponents,” Large said. “I think that we will really have to play a good game for four quarters. They (Graham) are expecting a very good season and their start is showing a good indication of what they are going to have this year.”
Large compares the Graham team to a squad he has seen before, Bluefield.
“Last year they were young, now they’ve become a lot more experienced and it’s starting to pay off,” Large observed. “We were very similar two years ago when we started three freshmen on the varsity team.”
Carlock, speaking of his team said, “From last year at this time to this year, a year removed, we’ve grown up a lot. We have some quality young athletes on this team. I think they do a pretty nice job with their assignments and they have a fairly high basketball IQ.
Look for the G-Men to take to the floor with Tony Hood at point and with Spencer Sheets and Colby Hill at the shooting guards. The forwards will be Marshall Hawley and Zach Proffitt.
Bluefield will start Lykel Collier at point with Anthony Eades at shooting guard. Michael Yost will be a wing and the double post will consist of D.J. Edwards and Corey Coppola.
The junior varsity contest gets underway at 5:30 with the varsity tipping off at 7:30 at the Brushfork Armory.