"We knew coming in they wanted to keep the score in the 30s, at least the 40s, so we thought maybe this game would be a race to 50, and whoever got to 50 would win. Luckily, it was us."'
The Rebels overcame Poca's defensive pressure thanks in part to the play of center Austin Brewer, who employed both size and dexterity to power to the basket and pass to teammates.
"Tolsia's got that big guy [Brewer] inside and he did a good job kicking out and finding the open shooters," Dots Coach Allen Osborne said. "We didn't get back and close out on them and take their shot away.
"We didn't get any open looks and turned the ball over, gave them some easy buckets and let the game get away from us in the first half."
Osborne said he was pleased by his team's response after halftime and hopes the Dots will learn from the experience as Poca moves forward to another tough matchup vs. Charleston Catholic 7:30 p.m. Friday.
"Our effort was much better the second half," Osborne said. "I just don't think we were ready to play, which was my fault. We weren't ready to play the game and so we have to take this and learn from it, grow and get better and get ready for Catholic Friday because they're really good too."
Tolsia's Terry Davis led all scorers with 17 points. Rebels guard Morgan Stacy finished with 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range. Brewer tallied 10 points.
For Poca, Noah Frampton paced the Dots with 10 points.