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MAX MEADOWS –– For the first eight minutes it appeared as neither Grayson County nor Floyd County would be able to break 50 points as a team. Caleb Tanner did so by himself by the end of the third quarter.
The Floyd County scoring machine torched Grayson County for a half a hundred despite not stepping foot on the court after the third period and his Buffaloes cruised to a 98-78 win over the Blue Devils in the first round of the First Virginia Bank Classic at Fort Chiswell High School.
Floyd County (6-0) faced Radford in Saturday’s second round while the Blue Devils (0-6) faced George Wythe in the lower bracket.
Tanner scored in the 50s for the third time in Floyd County’s six outings but it took more than three minutes for either team to break the ice. The Buffaloes took the lead for good when Tanner scored in transition a full 3:02 into the contest and he would have 11 points by the end of the period.
Grayson County struggled with its touch and with the handle early on. The Blue Devils were just 1-for-11 from the floor and committed 10 turnovers in falling behind 15-4 after the first eight minutes. Grayson had a pretty decent night offensively after that, but it paled in comparison to the numbers being put up by Floyd County.
The Buffaloes ravaged Grayson County’s defense for 64 points in the middle two quarters, including 35 in the third. Tanner dropped in 19 points in the second quarter and his 3-pointer was followed by two free throws by Michael Cromer to put the Buffaloes in front by 20 points, 32-12, midway through the second quarter.
Blake Hairston went coast-to-coast off a defensive rebound to widen the gap to 42-16 and Floyd County took a 44-21 lead into the half.
Despite missing its first six shots from the field the Buffaloes still managed to shoot 41 percent (16-of-39) in the first half while going 9-for-10 from the free throw line.
Floyd County was just warming up.
The Buffaloes knocked down 7-of-10 from 3-point range in the third quarter, including five treys by Tanner, and dumped in 35 third-period points to race out to a 79-47 lead after three. Grayson County put up 26 points itself in the third, and the two teams combined to hit 3-pointers on five straight possessions at one point late in the period, including two each by Tanner and Grayson’s Kobe Hill.
That was the night for Tanner, who finished with seven 3-pointers and another three three-point plays. He finished with 17 field goals and went 9-of-9 from the foul line.
Grayson County’s Ty Cannaday took over the scoring show in the fourth quarter, dropping in 16 of his team-high 31 points, starting with a 3-pointer at the 7:17 mark. The Blue Devils outscored the Buffaloes 31-19 over the final eight minutes and finished with its highest scoring output of the season.
James Williams added 15 points for Grayson County. He and Lucas Mitchell grabbed nine rebounds apiece.
Floyd County got 17 points from Blake Hairston and 11 from Justin Conduff.
Floyd County.........15 29 35 19––98
Grayson County......4 17 26 31––78
Floyd County (6-0)
Hairston 7 3-4 17, Conduff 3 2-2 11, Tanner 17 9-9 50, Woolwine 1 0-4 2, Neukirch 1 0-0 3, Agee 0 1-2 1, Harris 1 1-3 3, Cromer 1 0-0 2, Clemons 1 2-2 4, Cook 1 3-4 5. Totals 3 21-30 98.
Grayson County (0-6)
Williams 6 1-2 15, Cannaday 12 5-12 31, Lundy 0 2-2 2, Hawkins 2 0-0 5, Hill 3 0-0 8, Paschall 0 1-2 1, Davis 1 3-6 5, Hawks 1 0-0 2, Mitchell 3 3-4 9. Totals 28 15-28 78.
Three-point field goals – Floyd County 11-28 (Tanner 7, Conduff 3, Neukirch), Grayson County 7-16 (Williams 2, Cannaday 2, Hill 2, Hawkins). Rebounds – Floyd County 47 (Clemons 8), Grayson County 45 (Williams, Mitchell 9). Turnovers – Floyd County 18, Grayson County 30. Team fouls – Floyd County 24, Grayson County 24. Fouled out – Williams.