RICHMOND - Radford coach Rick Cormany said he team delivered an uninspired performance in the state semifinals. The Bobcats still won that game but came a lot more prepared Saturday, earning the Division 2 state championship 72-58 over Gate City.
Cormany said, "We were able to really have a hard practice Friday." That fact changed the focus of the team and in the end helped win the Bobcats a title.
Radford (28-2) has now won state titles in 1949, 2009, 2011, and 2013.
"We did it. We did it," said several players as they huddled together on the court in celebration.
The Bobcat guards put up the most points. Dee Cook had 20 points. Josh Little added 16 and Isaiah Phillips scored 14. "They had strong, strong guard play," said Gate City coach Scott Vermillion.
Cormany decided to start Cook right before tip off in order to limit the Gate City big man in the middle. Zach Bradley was the normal starter that had to come off the bench. Cormany said that Bradley told him, "Coach let's just go win the game." That was Bradley's biggest thing . "If you think that's the right thing to do, let's do it," Bradley told him before the game.
Radford outrebounded Gate City 37-34, made 18 of 24 foul shots, and connected on 42.4 percent of their shots. The only blemish - shooting 4 of 23 from three-point land.
Radford trailed by three points at the half 30-27 but took the lead for good in the third quarter.
Gate City finished 25-6.