The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 22, 2010

No. 2 Red Devils rout Bluefield

OAK HILL — A little high-low was a little too much for Bluefield.

Jack Flournoy scored 28 points — 10 straight in the fourth quarter — and had 11 rebounds and four blocked shots and Kalif Wright added 21 and three big assists as Class AA No. 2 Oak Hill (15-3) pulled away and beat No. 7 Bluefield (14-5) 75-55 Monday night at the Lilly Center.

The win came on the heels of a 66-63 loss to PikeView Saturday — the team’s first loss to a school other than Wyoming East or Ravenswood in nearly two years. In fact, that last loss to a school other than East or Ravenswood was to Bluefield in the state tournament in March of 2008.

But not on this night.

The Red Devils’ big two of Wright and Flournoy scored seemingly at will at different times as the Red Devils pulled ahead early and held off several Beaver attempts to get back in the game.

Until Flournoy went on his own little run in the fourth — with 10 straight points — six on assists from Wright from the top of the key.

“We told the guys to be patient and reverse the ball,” Oak Hill coach Fred Ferri said. “Jack was being guarded by a smaller guy and Kalif had a bigger guy on him. We let him get the ball to Jack inside. Those were good passes by Kalif.”

Wright, who also had 10 rebounds on the night, simply lobbed the ball inside to Flournoy who collected the ball and scored easily as the Red Devils made a 12-point lead a 21-point bulge with four minutes left.

Game, set and redemptive victory.

“My dad told me a long time ago if you get the ball inside, within five to eight feet, don’t kick it back out unless you have to,” Flournoy said of his late father, coach John Flournoy. “My teammates did a good job of getting me the ball in the post.”

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