By DAVE MORRISON
Bluefield has somehow quietly flew under the radar this season, despite a 19-2 record and some outstanding wins.
Consider the Beavers have beaten Class AAA state tournament qualifier Capital and Class AAA region finalist Woodrow Wilson.
The Beavers have beaten Oak Hill and advanced to the Class AA Region 3 co-finals with a 49-42 victory over Shady Spring, a team the Beavers beat two other times.
The Beavers season has included two games in which they have scored over 100 points and two games in which they scored in the 40s. Of course they won the games scoring in the 100s. They also won the two in the 40s, both against Shady Spring.
Bluefield will face Wyoming East tonight in the Region 3 co-finals.
The two did not face one another in the regular season.
Bluefield led the area in scoring, averaging 76.1 ppg and the Beavers have won seven straight after losing to Oak Hill early last month.
That followed the only other loss of the season, a surprising 72-69 loss at home to James Monroe, although junior combo guard Braeden Crews did not play in the game with a knee injury.
Crews leads the Beavers in scoring at 23.2 ppg with 64 3s and he has made 53 of 60 free throws (88.3 percent). He is the only Bluefield player who averages in double figures but six other players average over six points per game.
Wyoming East is 12-12 but they have also played a killer schedule that has steeled the Warriors for a game of this magnitude.
Wyoming East has faced Top 10 teams like Fairmont, Robert C. Byrd, Oak Hill (four times), Shady Spring (three times) and is 2-7 in those games. But the Warriors have beaten Oak Hill and Shady Spring, who are playing tonight in the other Region 3 co-final.
After starting 5-9, the Warriors have gone 7-3 down the stretch.
Wyoming East has 41 threes over the last six games, nearly seven per game.
R.J. Hood has 24 of those 3s, half of his 48 for the season. Hood did miss six games with a broken hand early in the season but his shooting has really opened things up for the Warriors down the stretch.
It will be an interesting showdown between two of the Regions top point guards in McQuade Canada and Crews, both juniors.
Canada leads the Warriors averaging 17 points per game with 55 3s. He is also shooting 86 percent from the free throw line, making his last 26 in a row, dating back to the second quarter of the Warriors game at Oak Hill Feb. 12.
Hood averages 12.8 ppg
Wyoming East is averaging 61.9 points per game this season.