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Prep Boys Basketball: ’Cats’ pace too much for Bears

BY NATHAN WARTERS

THE FREE LANCE-STAR

Mountain View went with a faster offensive tempo Tuesday night against visiting Riverbend.

The hope was to match the speed of the usually game Bears.

The Wildcats were a step faster the entire game, and they cruised to a 53–34 victory.

“We pushed the ball a lot this game. We don’t do that every game. It was a real key, because they’re a quick team, too,” Mountain View’s Lucas Brown said.

Riverbend (6–3, 4–2) had the unenviable task of playing road games against Brooke Point and Mountain View on consecutive nights.

The Bears, who beat the Black–Hawks on Monday night, had tired legs, but coach Eric Davis had nothing but praise for the way the Wildcats knocked his team off its game.

“They’re a veteran team. I thought coming in we were going to have to play real well to beat them,” Davis said. “Sell them short? No. They are that good. You can put that in the paper.”

Mountain View (5–2, 4–0) pushed the tempo from the opening tip and led by 10 after the first quarter.

It didn’t let up and improved to 4–0 in Commonwealth District play.

“I thought they did a good job in transition. We didn’t get back on defense, and that was the difference for about a quarter and a half,” Davis said. “I thought we had tired legs tonight.”

Brown led the way for the Wildcats with 17 points. Xavier Fisher added eight points and Joe Wilson scored seven.

Riverbend’s Elijah Brown led all scorers with 20 points. He made seven field goals, two more than the rest of the Bears team.

Riverbend couldn’t find any offensive rhythm against Mountain View’s suffocating 1–3–1 zone defense.

“We just didn’t execute against it today,” Davis said. “That’s the difference in the game.”

Keeping the Bears off the offensive boards was a big key as well.

“We knew they were going to be patient on offense,” Mountain View coach Kevin Brown said. “Our 1–3–1, when we run it good, is pretty tough to score against.

“I thought we did a good job with that tonight. We didn’t give them a whole lot of second shots.”

Mountain View got off to a fast start and led 7–2 midway through the first quarter.

The first period ended with the Wildcats ahead 16–5.

“That was huge,” Brown said of the big first-quarter lead. “We’re kind of similar in that regard. When we get up, we’re kind of hard to catch. When they get up, they’re hard to catch as well, because they’re real patient. That was a key, because we were able to get up early and sustain the lead.”

But Riverbend stormed back with an 8–2 run to start the second quarter, and it cut the Wildcats’ lead to 20–14 on a steal and layup by Elijah Brown.

Davis said Brown, the team’s leader, tried his hardest to keep his teammates motivated throughout the game.

“He’s the captain of the team. He was in the locker room at halftime pumping the kids up,” Davis said. “It just wasn’t our night.”

Riverbend’s comeback attempt was short-lived, as Mountain View went on a 10–3 run near the end of the second quarter to re-establish control.

The Wildcats led 42–31 after the third quarter before closing with an 11–3 run to end the game.

Mountain View suffered two tough nonconference losses to Patrick Henry and Stonewall Jackson, but it has responded by taking early control of the district.

“We played two good out-of-district teams and lost, but these district games are big,” Lucas Brown said.

    Riverbend 5 15 11 3 — 34

    M. View 16 14 12 11 — 53

    Scoring

    Riverbend (6-3, 4-2): Jeavon Alsop 0, Chris Baird 3, Elijah Brown 20, Buck Buchanan 3, Tomas Cibak 0, Garrison Davis 0, Michael Holmes 3, Markell Lewis 0, David McCauley 1, Zach Sims 4. Totals: 12 6-12 34.

    Mountain View (5-2, 4-0): Luke Adams 0, Dallin Biorn 3, Lucas Brown 17, Elijah Burruss 3, Xavier Fisher 8, E.J. Fisher 2, Brock Jordan 0, Ben Keller 6, Dustin Maghan 3, Tyrus Mason 0, Tyrell Mason 4, Joe Wilson 7. Totals: 18 14-20 53.

    Three-point goals: Riverbend 4 (C. Baird, E. Brown 2, M. Holmes). Mountain View 3 (D. Biorn, X. Fisher, D. Maghan).

Nathan Warters: 540/374-5442

nwarters@freelancestar.com

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