The James River boys won’t have to wait long for a chance to get revenge on Monday’s loss to Glenvar. The Knights will play the Highlanders again tonight, Wednesday, only this time at Glenvar.
River plays Glenvar twice in three days this week, necessitated by a postponement due to snow of a game originally scheduled for January 5. Monday was the best time to make it up for both teams, and it just so happened the second meeting between the two was also scheduled for this week.
“It’s not an ideal situation, but you have to get the games in,” said River coach Mike Goad. “You can’t do much about the snow.”
The temperatures were warmer Monday in Springwood, and the Highlanders were warm as well. They shot 61 percent in the first half, but the Knights hung tough and trailed just 34-33 at intermission. River led 47-46 after three quarters but Glenvar won out down the stretch, and hit their free throws to keep the Knights at arm’s length for a 71-63 win.
“We had some opportunities,” said Goad. “Our transition game let us down, and we didn’t get to the foul line as much as Glenvar.”
Darious Cheatwood led the Knights with 21 points and a dozen rebounds. Luke Harman had 18 and River Clonch contributed a dozen for the Knights, as they fell to 8-7 overall and 3-2 in the Three Rivers District.
“It was anyone’s game,” said Goad. “We didn’t do a good job of finishing.”
The loss snapped a five-game winning streak by the Knights. Last week they beat two Three Rivers opponents, defeating Auburn and Giles at home.
Against Auburn the Knights took a 65-54 win as Harman scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Cheatwood had 18 and Jacob Wagner had 13.
On Thursday of last week River beat Giles, 66-56. The Knights were down by 10 points after three quarters but outscored the Spartans 24-4 in the fourth period.
“We got energized in the fourth quarter,” said Goad. “We made some adjustments and covered the middle much better. We put Jacob Wagner in the middle and he did a good job.”
Cheatwood had 15 against Giles, Clonch had 14 and Wagner scored 11 points.
After tonight’s game at Glenvar the Knights will be back home Friday for a big one. Radford will be here, and the Bobcats come into the week at 11-4 overall. They’re undefeated in the Three Rivers.
“It will be a battle,” said Goad.
Next week a tough schedule continues with Parry McCluer at home on Monday, followed by a trip to Floyd County on Wednesday, Feb. 1.