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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Daniel leads SC past Riverside

Daniel leads SC past Riverside

By Rick Ryan
Assistant Sports Editor

South Charleston coach Bob Dawson knows his unbeaten team racked up a bunch of points in winning at Riverside Tuesday night. But he still wasn’t too happy.

He saw a lot of deficiencies during the Black Eagles’ 90-81 victory that need to be addressed before his team runs the gantlet this weekend with road trips to No. 2 Woodrow Wilson and No. 1 Huntington.

“Being 5-0 is great. We’re really happy with that,’’ Dawson said. “But where we’re at now, we’ll see. We’ll get a real good indication of that coming up.’’

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Senior forward Josh Daniel knocked down 38 points and grabbed seven rebounds for SC (5-0), which led by as many as 20 points in the second half but had to hold off the bombs-away Warriors (2-2).

Riverside sank six of its 10 3-pointers in the final quarter to shave its deficit. Dawson, who removed his starters while holding a 17-point lead with three minutes left, had to bring Daniel and point guard Will Collins back off the bench when the Warriors cut it to 10 with 1:11 remaining.

“Offensively, we didn’t play bad at times,’’ Dawson said, “but we’ve still got to do a better job at going up strong for layups and finishing our shots. Sometimes we tried to pass it inside from distances that were too far.

“I just wasn’t real pleased with our overall effort. I guess it’s a win, but with the games we have coming up, it’s not the type of image we want to come out and portray.’’

South Charleston shot an even 50 percent and outrebounded Riverside 40-29, but committed 22 turnovers, one more than the Warriors. Riverside also rained in several long shots, going 10-of-18 on 3-pointers.

“I think we’ve got to step up our decisions on offense and figure out what we’re going to do on defense, because it’s not looking real good right now,’’ said Collins, who backed Daniel with 13 points and nine assists.

“We’ve got to pick it up in practice and see if we can do something better on defense because [Woodrow’s players] are so much quicker and faster than Riverside and Capital and [George Washington].’’

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South Charleston’s Jimmy Boardman (left) tries to shoot over Riverside’s Mark Zimmerman (20) and B.J. Johnson.
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