Buffaloes fight hard, but fall to Radford 79-57

Justin Cundiff: 11 points against Radford (photo from earlier game against EastMont)
Justin Cundiff: 11 points against Radford (photo from earlier game against EastMont)
Justin Cundiff: 11 points against Radford (photo from earlier game against EastMont)

Floyd County boys varsity fell to Radford 79-57 in an away game Friday night against a state championship team that appears able to return to the state finals.

That’s the bad news.  The good news is the Buffaloes will not have to face the Bobcats in playoffs because they are in different class rankings for regional play.

“For anybody at the single-A level, they’re going to be a tough, tough team out,” Buffaloes coach Brian Harman told The Roanoke Times.  “I don’t see anyone in single-A beating them.  That’s a state championship team.”

The Buffaloes, with an 11-3 record after the loss, are still a state contender in their regional ranking even though they will face Radford again in Three Rivers District play.

Facing Radford Friday night was a tough game for the Buffaloes after a bruising win over Giles the night before but the team played hard and led the Bobcats 26-17 in the first quarter.

“They were beating us,” Radford coach Rich Cormany told the Times.

At that point, Floyd had shut down strong scoring Radford players Nate Jones and Issiah Phillips but point guard Marcus Finley came alive with a 13-point run in the second and Radford led at the half by five, 41-37.  Finley scored a team-high 31 points for the night.

The Bobcats primary game plan was to focus on and stop Caleb Tanner, who came into the game with a 40.7 average in points and the plan worked, holding Tanner to just foul shots in the first quarter.  Tanner finished the night with a season-low 17 points and is now fourth on the Old Dominion’s all-time scoring list with 2,460 points.

For the Buffaloes, Justin Cundiff scored 11 as the rest of the team poured in 40 points, including nine three point goals — one more than the Bobcats.

Caleb Tanner:  Double and triple-teaming held him to 17 points (photo from earlier game)
Caleb Tanner: Radford focused on him and held him to 17 points (photo from earlier game)
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