2014-02-17 / Sports

Wildcats top Powdersville, forces 4-way tie for first

By LARRY HILLIARD
Ledger Sports Editor


Daquan McNeil had 20 points to lead Blacksburg to a win on Saturday. Daquan McNeil had 20 points to lead Blacksburg to a win on Saturday. The Blacksburg Wildcats had a tougher time than expected against lowly Powdersville on Saturday.

Daquan McNeil had 20 points and Montel Sutton added 12 to help the Wildcats hold off the Patriots fora 60-56 win.

With the win, the Wildcats are in a four-way tie for first in the region with Chesnee, Crescent and Carolina. All the teams finished up with 11-3 region records. The Wildcats will play Crescent Monday night shortly after the first tiebreaker game between Chesnee and Carolina. Depending on that result, they will play again on Tuesday to determine the top four seeds in the region.

All the tie-breakder games will be played at Powdersville High, a neutral site.

But assistant coach Danny Ham wasn’t looking that far ahead on Saturday.

“We just came out flat,” Ham said. “(Powdersville) had senior night and they came out pretty fired up. We weathered the storm.”

Powdersville erased a 7-point halftime deficit to go up by two late in the fourth quarter. But the Wildcats made plays down the stretch to avoid a tough loss.

Ty Cobb and Devin Littlejohn each made a pair of free throws to put the Wildcats on top by two. McNeil then made a steal and layup in the closing seconds to seal the win.

Cobb added 11 points for the Wildcats, who led 19-17 at the end of the first quarter.

Blacksburg had a 5-point advantage at the end of the third quarter. But the Patriots rallied in the fourth quarter to take a 2-point lead.

Lady Wildcats 56, Powdersville 32

Jasmine Dameron and Shalesa Degree each had 19 points for the Lady Wildcats, who will open the playoffs on Thursday against the No. 3 team from Region II-2A, Mid-Carolina.

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