Cave Spring looked to be on cruise control last Friday night at the Knights gym, then things got a little pressing.
The Knights scored the game’s first eleven points, led by ten at halftime and 40-31 after three quarters. Radford went to a full-court press to open the fourth, and Cave Spring couldn’t respond as the Bobcats prevailed 54-52.
“I think there was panic on our part from their press,” Knights head coach Billy Hicks said afterward. “Plus, we gave them three offensive rebounds off missed free throws down the stretch that led to scores.”
Despite the late problems, Cave Spring looked to be in good shape when Terrell Simmons hit his sixth 3-pointer of the game with just over a minute left that broke a 49-49 tie and staked the Knights to a 52-49 lead.
Radford’s Nate Jones responded with a trey of his own and, following a Cave Spring miss at the other end, hit the running winner with just under five seconds remaining.
“We shot well and played team defense for three quarters,” Hicks added. “In the end there were too many mistakes and Jones hit two big shots.”
Simmons led Cave Spring with a game-high 22 points, while freshman Brody Hicks scored 12 for the Knights.
– BILL TURNER game story/photos