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Tribe stifles Beall

January 05, 1999

By DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Correspondent

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer




BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Keith Davis entered the gym determined to make an impact, and he left Beall gasping for air.

A 6-foot-6 senior center, Davis scored 12 of his game-high 16 points in the first half and had 18 rebounds, leading Berkeley Springs to a 66-30 win over the Mountaineers.

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Davis gave Beall no breathing space from the outset. A put-back of a missed free-throw and a three-point play on a tough basket inside highlighted an opening 13-2 run for the Indians.

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Then the rebounding exploits of Davis took center stage. He started several fast breaks as Berkeley Springs used transition offense to put the game away in the second quarter with a 17-6 run.

"(Davis) is a rebounder, and finally ... you know, we don't really know what makes that kid tick," Berkeley Springs coach Mick Pentoney said. "Some days he comes and he's the man, Some days he just steps back. We're trying to get him to dominate game after game."

The Indians expanded a 33-12 halftime lead behind the play of senior forward Aaron Close. He scored eight consecutive points for the Indians as the lead grew to 56-22 early in the fourth quarter.

Beall was never able to get into a rhythm on offense, as Berkeley Springs used good footwork and quick hands to deny passing lanes.

"We really work hard using our hands to deflect passes," Pentoney said. "We just keep our hands up and move our feet to keep from reaching."

Three other seniors contributed strong efforts for the Indians. Guard Matt Omps had 13 points and five steals, guard Mike Decker had eight points and three assists, and forward Jamie Hiles added eight points before fouling out.

"The big thing is, we have so much experience," Pentoney said. "We have eight seniors out there. That makes a huge difference."

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