NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Apprentice School men's basketball fell to Bluefield State 82-67 on Saturday afternoon.
ON THE COURT:
The Builders were neck and neck with the Big Blues for the majority of the first half. After a layup by Marion Moore brought the Builders within one, 25-24 with about five and a half minutes remaining, the Big Blues ended the half on a 17-2 run to take a commanding 42-26 lead at the break. The Builders shot 33% from the floor while the Big Blues shot 49% from the field. They also forced 12 turnovers and converted them into 14 points to help take a lead at the break. The Builders fought in the second half to cut the lead to single digits including a stretch of 11 consecutive points scored by Marion Moore. Bluefield State forced a few turnovers and pushed the lead back to double-digits and cruised the rest of the way for the victory.
BEHIND THE BOX SCORE:
- Marion Moore led all scorers with 27 points. He was 9-for-15 from the floor in 37 minutes of play.
- Brandon Joyner added 14 points while his little brother Corey Joyner added 11 points, seven rebounds, and five assists.
- Drew Walton fell shy of a double-double with eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
- The Big Blues held a 40-36 edge in rebounds and had a 19-12 advantage in second chance opportunities.
- The Builders turned the ball over 20 times which led to 29 points for the Big Blues.
- Bluefield State was led by Marcus Neal with 24 points and Korey Williams, who had 21 points.
The Builders return to action as they face Stratford on Sunday afternoon for a 2 p.m. tip-off.