Flying Eagles defeat Knights
ONA -- Athletes are told to play until the whistle, and that was the difference between Woodrow Wilson and Cabell Midland Saturday night, as the Flying Eagles took a 66-34 victory over the Knights in a slugfest of a game.
Cabell Midland coach Matt Stead saw a game where his players were being hacked, slapped and tripped on nearly every possession. Woodrow Wilson (5-4) was allowed to play a physical game, and the Flying Eagles did.
The tension boiled over in the second quarter, when Cabell Midland's Keegan Adkins came down with a rebound, and a jump ball was called after three Woodrow Wilson players swarmed him.
Cabell Midland got a double technical on the play, giving the Flying Eagles four free throws and possession.
"I saw with my eyes my player get fouled three times before a jump ball was called," Stead said. "Then Adkins responded to the referees in probably not a very appropriate way, and then I responded because I didn't think it was the right call."
The swing allowed the Eagles to turn a 13-9 lead in what was already a sloppy, low-scoring game into a 17-9 lead. When all was said and done, Woodrow Wilson would go into the half with a 21-12 edge.
While the officials weren't calling the game the way Cabell Midland wanted, Stead admitted that players have to eventually adjust to the type of game environment they're in, and his team wasn't able to do that.
"Right now we have to go the extra mile and make that extra effort to be patient and run our offense knowing the officials aren't going to bail you out," Stead said. "When we're able to play at that level and with that focus, we'll be OK. We're just not there yet."
With the Flying Eagles able to press Cabell Midland (3-8) and force turnovers, the Knights were never able to settle into their game, which is running a half-court offense and exploiting their size advantage.
Stead pointed out that it's hard to get the ball down into the paint when the guards can't hang onto it long enough to make a pass.
Cabell Midland big men Adkins and Niles Dailey had two points each, while Dakota Leonard had only one.
Coy Petitt was the lone bright spot for Midland, with 15 points.
Woodrow Wilson was led by Donte Nabors who had 24 points. Nicholas Deems chipped in 11 and Andrew Johnson had 14.
WOODROW WILSON 9 12 14 31 -- 66: Nabors 24, Johnson 14, Deems 11, C. Hancock 5, Carrington 4, N. Hancock 3, Osborne 5.
CABELL MIDLAND 7 5 15 17 -- 34: Petitt 15, Matthews 5, Beckett 6, Perry 3, Dailey 2, Leonard 1, Adkins 2.