KIDWELL - Anyone that doesn't believe size matters should talk to Tyler Consolidated boys' basketball coach J.C. Kimble.
''They have size that just won't quit,'' Kimble said after watching his squad drop a 74-35 decision to Magnolia on Saturday night in the finale of his school's Boggs Tournament.
''They might be the tallest team in (West Virginia) Class AA. They have the biggest wingspan. You won't find a bigger team out there and they utilize that.''
Tyler Consolidated’s Dylan Reynolds, right, dishes off as Magnolia’s Tanner Hanna (1) defends.
Photo by Rick Thorp
The Blue Eagles used a 12-2 spurt to start the game as a springboard to the victory in which all but two player scored.
Magnolia (10-2) led by as many as 41 and outscored the Silver Knights 23-5 in the third quarter. Tyler Consolidated (1-11) has lost 11 straight, including a 98-40 loss in New Martinsville on Dec. 27.
''I thought the kids played extremely hard,'' Magnolia coach Dave Tallman said. ''We put them at the foul line way too much the first time we played. (Saturday) we didn't do that.''
Another change Saturday was the Blue Eagles having Stephen Rogalski in the lineup for the first time this season.
In his return from injury, the junior was 6 of 7 from the field for 16 points, including four 3-pointers. As a team, the Blue Eagles were 28-for-46 (60.2 percent) from the floor.
''We just wanted to make sure he was 100 percent, and he is,'' Tallman said. ''It's nice to have him back. I'm not taking anything away from anyone else, but we've struggled here and there without him.''
Rogalski was one of two double-figure scorers for the Blue Eagles. Mark Winters had his usual stellar outing with a game-high 26 points.
''I'm excited for the kids,'' Tallman said. ''They've worked hard on their game in the offseason and it seems like it's starting to pay off.
''The chemistry is great. I worried about it after bringing (Rogalski) back. That doesn't seem to be a problem. These guys are on a mission.''
After falling behind 21-9 after the first quarter, the Silver Knights didn't let things get out of hand in the second quarter, staying within 13 points, 31-18, at halftime.
But the Blue Eagles went on an 11-2 spurt to start the third quarter to take full command.
''We did what we planned in the first half,'' Kimble said. ''We were down 13 at halftime, and that wasn't bad. But we went away from our game plan and that hurt.''