"I thought we did a great job on Eades," Freeman said. "He's a great player. Collier, we did not do such a great job on and he was able to get other guys involved, which he's very good at."
Offensively, Collier penetrated to draw attention, creating shots for himself and teammates. On the defensive end, Collier brought pressure with his speed and awareness jumping into the passing lanes.
For all Collier and the Beavers executed well, still Bluefield struggled to create the comfort room it would have liked.
The Beavers began the fourth with a nine-point lead. Though North Marion never cut the deficit closer than eight from that point, it wasn't because the Huskies had a lack of chances.
"We had opportunities," Freeman said. "We're the eight seed playing the one seed, and to be done seven or eight, nine, right there going into the fourth, you still feel you got an opportunity to win the ball game. Unfortunately, we couldn't take care of the ball down the stretch."
While Bluefield's subpar free throw shooting opened the door for North Marion, the Huskies' 19 turnovers prevented them from capitalizing.
"We said they're giving us every chance in the world to keep us in this game, because they were missing the front end of one-and-ones, they were not finishing their free throws," Freeman said. "Unfortunately, every time they did that, we come down and turn it over, didn't get a shot."
Senior Matt Cain led the Huskies with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Cody Opron contributed 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Cameron Wilson scored 13 points.
For Bluefield, D.J. Edwards and Corey Coppola scored 13 points apiece to join Collier and Eades in double figures offensively.