Glenvar runs out of gas against Radford

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Landry Gerbers of Glenvar goes to the hoop between two Bobcats in
Friday’s game at Radford High School. PHOTO BY BRYANT ALTIZER

The Glenvar boys basketball team improved to 13-6 on the season when the Highlanders won at Floyd County on Monday, 61-51. Glenvar has now won 10 of the last 12 games.

A temper tantrum by a Floyd player who was called for a foul turned a close game into a decisive win for the Highlanders. Glenvar was up four points when a Floyd player received a technical after protesting his fourth personal foul. The technical was his fifth foul of the game, eliminating him from the contest, and as he left the floor he continued to taunt the official and drew a second technical foul. That gave Glenvar two shots from the original foul, four more from the two technicals, and the ball out of bounds. Noah Duncan made the first two shots, Dakota Francisco was four-for-four on the technical, and the Highlanders scored on the ensuing possession to turn a four point lead into a dozen without leaving their end of the floor.

Logan Williams led the Highlanders with 13 points, Noah Lovelace had a dozen and Duncan finished with 11 as Glenvar bounced back from their only Three Rivers District loss of the season. The Highlanders lost at Radford last Friday, 64-52, to the undefeated Bobcats.

“They’re good, but I think we can beat them,” said Glenvar coach Dave Redding. “We were playing our fourth game in five days, and that included an overtime game and a double-overtime game. They had a busy week too, but you could just see our kids running out of gas.”

After trailing by four at the half Glenvar was outscored 22-8 in the third quarter.

“We played as hard as we could,” said Redding. “We won the first and fourth quarters.”

Noah Duncan had 16 points and Noah Lovelace had 10 for the Highlanders. Glenvar’s post game gave Radford some trouble, and that’s where Redding feels he has an edge.

“Our post players did really well,” he said. “They run everything through three players. Now they’re very good players, but I‘m anxious to get another chance at them.”

That will come next Tuesday, February 6, at home. In the meantime the Highlanders were scheduled to play at Giles on Wednesday of this week, and at Salem in the Adam Ward Classic at 1:30 pm on Saturday.

The Highlanders also played Alleghany last week and took a 49-45 win at home on Thursday. With a trip to Radford the following day Redding tried to rest some of his starters more than he usually would.

“We had to find some minutes elsewhere and we ended up falling behind by 10,” he said.

Redding played the starters in the fourth period and Glenvar finished on a 21-8 run to win the game. Williams had 11 points and Duncan had 10.