RADFORD — Cam Cormany scored game-high 27 points and Radford rolled up 51 in the first half as the Bobcats held off a late Floyd County rally Monday night for an 81-68 Three Rivers District victory.
Cormany got his big night kickstarted by hitting a running jumper just before the first quarter buzzer to give Radford (2-0, 2-0) a 24-17 lead after the first eight minutes.
The senior guard and Navy signee carried the momentum over into the second quarter as he scored seven points in a 9-1 Bobcats’ run to open the period making the score 33-18 with 6:23 left before the half.
Radford took a 51-39 halftime lead by hitting nine 3-pointers, finishing with 13 threes led by Cormany, who drained five.
“We shot pretty well as a team,” the 6-foot-1 guard said. “We’ve known that we have a really talented offensive group this year.”
Radford maintained led 64-49 after three quarters, but Floyd County (2-1, 1-1) began a comeback.
The Buffaloes opened the fourth period on a 12-3 run capped by Tanyan Sutphin’s free throw at the 4:47 mark of the quarter to cut the deficit to 67-61.
“We shot the ball real well for the first three quarters, but then we started getting stops (in the fourth),” Floyd County head coach Brian Harman said.
“We were just a couple shots away from cutting it down to two or three points,”
After Sutphin’s free throw cut the deficit to six, Radford responded when guard P.J. Prioleau scored on a driving layup on the Bobcats’ next possession to make it 69-61. From there Radford ended the game on a 12-7 run to cap off the win.
Dylan Bond led Floyd County with 18 points followed closely by Sutphin who finished with 17.
While the offense was impressive on the night for Radford, the Bobcats’ defense was problematic, according to Radford head coach Rick Cormany.
“The only good thing I can say is that we ended up with a ‘W.’ We could have easily lost that game,” the Radford coach said. “We had no killer instinct and there were too many defensive mistakes,” Cormany said.
“I was really disappointed with our defensive effort. Floyd is a good offensive team, but [our players] just wanted to trade baskets.”
Monday’s game was the continuation of a growing rivalry between the schools. Just this past January the Buffaloes snapped the Bobcats’ 51-game Three Rivers winning streak with a 71-62 victory at home.
“Floyd always plays us hard and gives us a great shot, which is what you want as competitors,” Cam Cormany said. “They challenged us.”
Just the fact that the rivalry was renewed on Monday was something Floyd County’s head coach was glad to see as Radford and Floyd are only two of a handful schools presently playing in Timesland.
Most of the area’s other school systems have delayed the start of winter sports due to the growing number of COVID-19 cases.
“Both administrations should be commended,” Harman said. “We just want to play, and the kids really need it. We’d play them again right now.
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