NEW RICHMOND (WVDN) — In a rare intrastate encounter, Wyoming East defeated Greenbrier West 59-48 at the Warriors home stadium Tuesday night. The two schools have not faced each other since 2011, and the Cavaliers had not played in Wyoming East since January 2010.
The Class AA #10 Warriors got off to a quick start against the cold-shooting Cavaliers to take a 9-0 lead. Dale Boone broke the lid on the rim for Greenbrier West at the 4:06 mark of the opening quarter and knocked down two free throws. From that point on, West and East were tied with 8 points each. The Cavaliers got 6 points from Braydon McClung and the Warriors also got 6 from junior guard Cole Lambert. East ended the quarter with a 17-10 advantage.
The guard matchup between McClung and Lambert was worth the price of admission as each hit and guarded the other while on defense. McClung won the duel in the second quarter, scoring 8 points to Lambert’s 4. However, it was west point guard Kadin Parker who leveled the game at 17 with 5:25 before halftime with a hard runner in the lane. Then, after a deflection from Chris Davis, the Cavalier backcourt combined to give West his first lead. Parker picked up Davis’ distraction on the run and played the ball down the left wing to McClung. McClung drilled the 3 for a 22-21 Cavalier advantage, leaving 3:05 in the first half.
The 3 would be West’s last points of the first half. Sloppy play by both teams spoiled the last minutes of halftime. The Warriors had a blocked squirrel outside of their own player’s bounds, the Cavaliers discarded a pass followed by a Warrior turnover. Michael Kanode missed a layup for Greenbrier West and Lambert retaliated with a quick break from Warrior. Boone was then robbed of an apparent foul call as he separated two Warriors defensemen and hacked his right arm trying to shoot. Wyoming East’s Garrett Mitchell was fouled on the ensuing fast break and knocked down both free throws to put the Warriors back ahead. Neither team would make the final 1:37 of the half.
Greenbrier West fought back and took a 27-26 lead in the third quarter with two Boone free throws. After a Warrior turnover, the Cavaliers couldn’t extend their lead after half possession resulted in a missed layup. Mitchell made the Cavaliers pay with a three-corner. The bucket set off Mitchell and the Warriors, leading to 13 points in the third quarter for the 6-foot-3-inch senior. Wyoming East extended their lead to 7 points before the Cavaliers closed it late in the quarter. Boone launched a t3 that bounced off the front of the rim into Asher Barclay’s hands. Barclay threw a layup in the air on the buzzer and the officials signaled the basket was good. Wyoming East led 41-36 into the last quarter.
After the Warriors extended their lead back to seven on two separate occasions, West fought back to cut the lead to four twice. Jackson Danielson missed the front end of a one-and-one and Kanode struggled to secure the rebound. Parker sent a cross court pass to McClung, who immediately attacked the lane. Once inside, a quick fake ball cleared the lane for a five-foot jumper to cut the lead to 46-42. Danielson made a basket to bring the lead back to six, but McClung came in from the left and hooked a layup to reduce the lead to four at 48-44. A Warrior timeout was called as the Cavaliers knocked on the door.
After Wyoming East’s time-out, Mitchell came in from the right corner and launched a 3 over the collapsing Cavalier defenders. The basket was Mitchell’s third three-pointer of the second half and gave the Warriors a seven-point lead. A missed layup and a foul at the other end put Wyoming East in a bonus situation, but Danielson failed to knock down the free throw and kept the Cavaliers alive. After initially avoiding a turnover, an unlucky inbound play cost West possession. The Warriors failed to convert, but the Cavaliers’ next possession was dribbled wide. This time, the Warriors made West pay when defensive switches created a discrepancy that Wyoming East was able to take advantage of. The 6ft 5″ Barclay eventually guarded the 5ft 1″ Lambert, but more importantly for the Warriors was the 6ft 3″ Danielson at 5ft 8″. -Parker was posted. Danielson used the size advantage to back up Parker and fired a layup over the top.
Wyoming East had their biggest lead of the night by nine points. Parker cut the lead to seven with two free throws, and a defensive stop gave the Cavaliers some hope. Parker then attempted a 12-foot jump from the right, which was short, and Lambert found Danielson cut the lane for a layup, bringing the lead back to nine. Danielson victimized West with nine points in the fourth quarter.
McClung came up short with a three for the Cavaliers, but Wyoming East was called to an illegal screen. Boone pulled in and tried to pull the trigger on a short-range jumper, but once again officers appeared to miss the foul call. Lambert measured the west defense and sliced down the middle for a one-handed floater that gave the Warriors the game’s biggest lead at 11. Kanode ended West scoring with a reverse layup to make it 57-48 with little time left. Lambert finished the goal with two free throws.
Greenbrier West falls to 1-1 and will travel to West Virginia State’s Walker Convocation Center on Friday night to face another top-10 Class AA team in Poca. Tip time is approximately 6:00 p.m. The Dots are the defending Class AA champions and are coached by Allen Osborne, a 1968 graduate of Rainelle High School. Osborne has led the Dots to more than 700 wins and three state championships over the course of his career. Wyoming East improves its record to 2-0 and hosts Summers County on Tuesday, December 20th. The Warriors arrive in Charmco on January 24, 2023.
GW: 10 12 14 12 – 48
WED: 17 6 18 18 – 59
Greenbrier West – Braydon McClung 21, Michael Kanode 15, Kadin Parker 4, Dale Boone 4, Asher Barclay 4
Wyoming East – Garrett Mitchell 21, Cole Lambert 19, Jackson Danielson 11, Jacob Howard 6, Tanner Cook 2
3-point goals – GW: 1 (McClung); WHERE: 4 (Mitchell 4)