Sunday, August 18, 2019

In their second game in Spain, the West Virginia Mountaineers showed slight similarities from the basketball team’s era of “Press Virginia.”

The team smothered their opponent, dominated inside, and got to the foul line 28 times. They shared the ball well, which showed their much-improved team chemistry. They didn’t turn the ball over much, but they did manage to force more than 15 turnovers.

To start the game, Derek Culver stole the ball and pushed it up the floor to a cutting Emmitt Matthews Jr., which led to a dunk in transition.

Then, a few plays later, Culver fought for possession of the ball, went up strong, and made a two-point field goal.

The Mountaineers started the game a bit slower than they did against the Madrid Allstars, but, once freshman guard Miles McBride checked in, the team’s fuse began to catch fire.

Not even a minute had passed when McBride grabbed his first steal and rebound. Then, suddenly after that, he recorded yet another steal; this time, he drove the ball to the basketball and finished with a nifty left-handed layup.

At the end of the first half, WVU held their opponent to a mere 22-points, while they scored a whopping 60.

During the second half, the team maintained its pace, pressure, and domination. The Mountaineers forced turnover after turnover; the team played as if they were C.C. Basketball Academy’s annoying little sibling.

At the end of regulation, the Mountaineers beat their opponent 115-50.

Big man Logan Routt and sophomore forward Emmitt Matthews Jr. led WVU in scoring with 15-points each.

Jordan McCabe finished the game with a double-double; scoring 14-points while recording 10-assists.

Along with McCabe finishing with a double-double, Culver also finished with one; scoring 12-points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

Freshman guard Miles McBride finished the game with 11-points, five boards, and two steals.

Sean McNeil made two impressive three-point shots, ultimately finishing with 13-points.

Jermaine Haley played arguably the best all-around game; finishing with seven-points, ten rebounds, and five assists.

As a whole, the Mountaineers committed nine turnovers, but they also forced 18 turnovers and recorded 14 steals. The team shot 39-72 from the field, 11-31 from beyond the arc, and 19-28 from the charity stripe.

The Mountaineers will play their final game in Spain against the Barcelona All-Stars on August 11, 2019, at 1:30 P.M. EST.

Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS

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