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Boys basketball: Capital limits Eddy, tops GW

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Capital game plan was simple and specific, even if the Cougars hadn't seen George Washington play a game this season - make somebody other than Luke Eddy do the scoring for last year's Class AAA State Tournament runner-up.

It turned out that the decision to contain the 2011-12 Kanawha Valley Player of the Year was a good one, but barely.

Freshman Miguel Bays scored on a pass from Jordan Kinney with 4 seconds left to lift Capital to a 36-35 victory over the Patriots, ending a five-game losing streak to George Washington that dated to March 5, 2010.

The Cougars (1-1) hassled the 6-foot point guard from the moment he touched the ball until he gave it up and every moment in between, resulting in the lowest-scoring game in the history of the series.

The previous low in the series was 87 points in a 49-38 Capital victory on Jan. 18, 2007.

"Every time he had the ball, the guys closest to him would trap him, and then we'd rotate to the ball," said Bays, one of 12 Capital players to get on the floor.

Capital Coach Carl Clark said his team had to be relentless.

"Our strategy was to play him as tough as we could," Clark said. "I thought Jordan Kinney did a tremendous job on him by himself. At times, we had to give him a break and put somebody else on him, and just keep the pressure on him handling the basketball as much as possible without him getting a bunch of layups or pullups."

Points were a rarity, and when George Washington junior Dominic King scored with less than 12 seconds remaining, the deliberate Patriots had secured a one-point advantage.

Capital moved the ball down the floor and got it into the hands of Bays.

Following his basket and a GW timeout, Eddy rushed the ball down the floor and got a good look, but was off the mark.

Eddy, a first-team Class AAA All-State player last season, led all scorers with 15 points, but never got into rhythm.

One of his few uncontested shots was a jumper just inside the 3-point circle that tied the game at 27 with 4:24 left.

"I took one dribble and there was a guy flying at me this way at my left, and a guy coming the other way," said Eddy, whose only rest before picking up his fourth foul at the 19-second mark of the fourth quarter was a 3.4-second break at the end of the third. "They had a good game plan. It worked ... first game."

He also finished with eight rebounds, three assists and three steals, but seldom got loose. Only four Patriots scored with senior Austin Breeden and King scoring seven apiece and freshman Cam Hoston adding six to go with seven rebounds off the bench.

Capital had eight scorers, led by junior Carrington Morris with eight, Tyrhee Pratt with seven and Austin Coleman with six.

"Luke and Austin were the only ones who have played any varsity minutes," GW Coach Rick Greene said. "It's going to take time. If you look at the whole thing until March, it's pretty encouraging that we come over here, lead with a chance to win it actually, considering where we are right now.

"I hate to lose and I'm disappointed we lost, but I'm not discouraged by anything at all. Some of the things we didn't do have to do with experience and some better practice habits."

The low-scoring affair featured 68 missed shots and only two 3-point baskets - one by GW's King with 3:24 left in the first quarter, and one by Capital's Pratt to give the hosts a 14-6 lead with 5:38 left in the first half.

The Patriots missed eight of their 3-point tries, while the free-shooting Cougars were 1-of-19 from long range.

George Washington faces Spring Valley on Friday in its home opener. Capital will play its third consecutive home game on Friday when it entertains Hurricane, which is coming off a 67-60 upset of host Logan on Monday night.


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