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Crews making his point for the Beavers

Bluefield Daily Telegraph, W.Va. — Brian Woodson Bluefield Daily Telegraph, W.Va.

Feb. 13--BRUSHFORK -- Bluefield has been under "Crews" control all season long.

That has been a good thing for the Beavers.

Sophomore Braeden Crews knew the point guard position could be his when the season began. Bluefield assistant coach Tony Webster advised him to be ready.

He was.

"Coach Webster just told me I have to be ready in the off-season," said Crews, who had 10 points and handled the ball in Bluefield's 63-46 win over Princeton on Saturday night. "I just worked hard and I just have the ability to do it."

He's not the only one. Bluefield head coach Buster Large has been pleased with the way his younger players have stepped into roles this season.

"What I really like the most right now is I think our younger kids are getting a little bit more seasoned and more experienced and you can tell it in game time. and in game experience that they are producing," Large said. "We were a lot smarter with the ball tonight. I am real proud of these kids, I think Ronnell Blevins hit some big shots, Mookie (Collier) is always the man when we have got to have him. Braeden Crews has played solid the last three out of four games. It is the time where we need to be coming together."

Watch Crews on the court and he definitely plays older than his age. He simply doesn't get frazzled when the ball is in hands, even when the opposing team is pressuring him and the fans are screaming from all sides of the floor.

For good reason.

"I just like to play," Crews said. "My teammates know I can do it so they believe in me. I am just blessed."

Crews admits to also being blessed to have Collier on his side. The talented senior scored 28 points in the win over Princeton, including 11 in the third quarter and seven more in the fourth, using his athletic ability to get to the rim and put the ball in the hole.

"He can just do unbelievable things with the ball and finish at the rim," Crews said. "He can just do everything, sir."

Bluefield, like most teams in the region, have been busy in recent weeks, trying to get in all the games that were called off earlier in the season due to weather issues. The Beavers won at James Monroe on Wednesday, traveled to Greenbrier East on Friday, and then returned to the court against the rival Tigers on Saturday.

All resulted in wins.

"I am real proud of these kids. We got back late last night," said Large, after the win over Princeton. "I think the last two or three weeks we have played three games, three games, three games. It is just something you have got to do this time of year to make up for the bad weather that we have had."

Bluefield, which began last week as the No. 5 Class AA team in West Virginia, will begin this week's three game slate with a visit on Tuesday to Class AA No. 3 Oak Hill, followed the next night with a trip to Mercer County rival PikeView. Up next will be Mount View, the No. 8 team in Class A, which will visit the Brushfork Armory on Friday for the Beavers' final regular season home game of the season.

"I am happy where we are headed," said Large, whose Beavers will complete its regular season on Feb. 23 with a rematch at Princeton. "Next week is a big deal again."

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