For the first time in his memory, McAmis’ team scored four points in two quarters and did not shoot a single free throw and still won the game.
Central (5-3) scored four points in the first quarter and four points in the third quarter but managed to put 21 points up in the second and 14 in the fourth to take a rather convincing 43-25 win over Lebanon in the opening round of the Grand Home Furnishings Holiday Classic basketball tournament at the Virginia-Wise Prior Center.
“I’ve never been in a game like that,” McAmis said after his team advanced to Thursday’s quarterfinal round. “Four points for two quarters and didn’t shoot a free throw. It obviously tells you that we’re not attacking the basket intelligently nor executing nor getting offensive rebounds.
“All those things are hustle plays and focus. And we didn’t have any of that. It was not a good night for us.
“Lebanon played hard and played physical. They had a hard time getting the ball to go in the bucket. But as far as their effort and their execution and their effort, I thought it was more than ours.”
Lebanon’s shooting struggles were worse than Central’s.
The Pioneers (3-5) shot a woeful 20 percent (8 of 40) for the game.
Elijah Hayes led in Central with 13 points, while Ben Stallard finished with 12.
Northwood’s Tyler Strong went into the tournament record books in the first game of the day by scoring 48 points to lead the Panthers to an 83-62 win over Rye Cove.
Strong hit 22 of 24 shot attempts. His 22 field goals were also a tournament record for a single game.
Northwood (5-3) also got 19 points from Luke Carter in the win.
Chase Love scored 24 points for Rye Cove (1-5), while Matthew Rhoton scored 13 and Colton Eads added 10.
THREES IN THE THIRD
Eastside connected on nine 3-pointers, including six in a 29-point third quarter to take an 88-59 win over Ridgeview.
Ethan Powers led the barrage from behind the arc in the third period with four treys in the quarter.
Powers finished with six 3-pointers and a game-high 26 points on the night.
Eastside also got 14 points and 16 rebounds from Chris Swann, 13 points and nine rebounds from Connor Blevins, 12 points and eight assists from J.R. Kilgore and 10 points from Nick Livingston.
Gabe Counts finished with 15 points for Ridgeview (5-2), which suffered its second straight loss.
The Wolfpack also got 11 points and 12 rebounds from Trenton Adkins.
Jake Kegley scored 23 points and pulled down 13 rebounds, while Zack Cale scored 17 points and Dylan Catron added 13 as Chilhowie (2-2) edged Virginia High 64-63 to advance to the tournament’s quarterfinal round on Thursday.
Chilhowie will take on J.I. Burton in Thursday’s 7 p.m. contest.
Virginia High (3-5) got 27 points from Gavin Austin and 20 from Jake Johnson.
QUARTERS ON THURSDAY
The tournament’s quarterfinal round will be played Thursday with the action starting at 4 p.m.
Richlands (3-3) will take on Northwood (5-3), followed by Eastside (7-1) taking on Berea, Ky. (6-4) at 5:30 p.m.
The evening portion of the quarterfinals will feature J.I. Burton (4-1) against Chilhowie (2-2) at 7 p.m. and Honaker (3-1) against Wise Central (5-3) at 8:30 p.m.