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Boys basketball: Bellomy emerges as Generals defeat Wildcats

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Winfield Coach Pat McGinnis has been looking for the right mix to his lineup all season.

If Wednesday night's game against Logan at the Shootout at the Big House at the Charleston Civic Center was any indication, he may have just found it.

Three different scorers were in double figures and the Generals got plenty of contributions across the board as the Winfield boys basketball team earned a convincing 61-42 victory over Logan.

The victory is the fifth in the last six games for the Generals (12-8), while the Wildcats (6-12) lost their fourth in a row.

It was a rough day for Logan and Coach Mark Hatcher after Willie Akers, who coached the Wildcats from 1962-83, fell at the Civic Center and is currently in the hospital.

"My thoughts and prayers are out for Coach Akers," McGinnis said. "I know that had to be on their mind. I feel for Mark. He is worn out after running back and forth to the hospital. His mind couldn't have been on basketball."

Despite the rough situation for Hatcher and Logan, everything seemed to go Winfield's way.

John Bellomy led the way with 18 points, including 15 in the first half. Zac Fisher added 15 points and seven rebounds, Chris Turners contributed 12 points and eight boards, Kenneth Pence had eight rebounds and Toby Shaw also grabbed seven boards.

"There has been a few guys in the dog house for me," McGinnis said. "Now they understand. If they play as a team, I think we can hang with just about anybody. We have been waiting to get this together. We are playing much better as a team."

The Generals have had a good one-two combination all season in their leading scorers, Chris Turner (14.7 points per game) and Zac Fisher (14.4 ppg), but Bellomy's resurgence has given McGinnis an added scoring threat.

"Chris and Zac are our two leading scorers but Bellomy has come on and is going to be a very important part," McGinnis said. "He has been getting more and more confident. Obviously he can drain it if he is on. He has been the missing link we have needed out there."

"It was a total team effort and we got more guys involved and everyone was going tonight," Fisher said. "It was big for John. He's a good shooter. It takes pressure off me more when they are scoring, and it gives me more looks."

In other games Wednesday:

South Charleston 80, Spring Valley 61 - Class AAA No. 2 South Charleston (18-1) jumped out to a 22-8 lead over visiting Spring Valley (6-15) on Wednesday, and cruised to a win.

The Black Eagles had five players score in double figures in the win, led by senior center Hunter Moles' 14 points. Point guard Ra'Shaud Kincade and reserve guard Tre Clark had 12 points each while shooting guard Devyn Harris and forward Trevond Reese had 11 points apiece.

South Charleston returns to action Saturday in the Mountain State Athletic Conference Night of Champions, when it takes on Beckley for the MSAC title at the South Charleston Community Center.


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