By RODNEY YOUNG
Max Meadows – Playing in the nightcap of the second day of the First Bank of Virginia Christmas Tournament Saturday, the Fort Chiswell Pioneers lost to the Carroll County Cavaliers 64-46.
Up 34-33 with just over five minutes to go in the third quarter, the Pioneers saw the Cavaliers go on a 18-6 run and the Pioneers night was all but over. Down 51-40 starting the fourth quarter the Pioneers had to start fouling and the Cavaliers hit 9 of 11 free throws to put the game away.
Coach Derrick Jackson of the Fort Chiswell Pioneers said, “we got tired late in the third quarter and their pressure bothered us. We need to be more consistent on the offensive end, but I see improvement.”
The Pioneers (2-3) got 10 points each from senior point guard Daniel Hamm and post player Coleman Thomas.
Carroll County (8-0) was led by Ryan Gravley’s game high 15 points. Chris Smoot and Gunnar Beamer had 14 points apiece. The victory puts Carroll into the championship game and the Pioneer defeat put them in the third place game.
In other action Graham upset Grayson County 75-72. Colby Hill led the G-men with 32 points and Tony Hood followed close behind with 26 points. Grayson got 25 points from Max Rodgers and 19 from Ty Cannaday.
Auburn defeated George Wythe 68-52, with Jessie Rutledge scoring 23 points and center Marshall Jones adding 21 points. George Wythe’s Isaac Baltazar had game high 27 points, hitting six three-pointers.
Radford will play in the championship versus Carroll County, as they demolished the Floyd Buffaloes 84-49. Nate Jones and Isaiah Phillips scored 28 and 17 points respectively for the Bobcats. Senior guard Josh Little produced 16 points. Floyd was led by Brandon Lemons who scored 18 points and Distin Faulkner, who scored 10. High scoring junior Caleb Tanner was held to just seven points, 25 points below his average. He hit just two field goal attempts as the Bobcats harassed him from baseline to baseline.
The final day of action will see Grayson and George Wythe play for seventh place. Graham takes on Auburn in the fifth place game. The third place game will pit Fort Chiswell against Floyd, and in the championship game will be Radford versus Carroll County.