By Sports editor Brian Hoffman
The William Byrd boys’ basketball team will wrap up the regular season on Friday with a game at Northside, then play in the Region 3D tournament next week.
The seeding for the tournament will be decided sometime before Monday, when the 10 team tournament begins. On Monday the seventh seed will host the 10th seed and the eighth seed will host the ninth while the top six have a bye. Then, Tuesday, the remaining eight will play at the sites of the higher seeds.
How the seeding will be conducted is a mystery. Byrd has been able to play only Roanoke County teams in the regular season and two of the teams in the regional, Bassett and Magna Vista, have not played at all.
“I just know it starts Monday but I have no idea where we’ll be seeded,” said Byrd coach Josh Cunningham.
The Terriers are 2-4 in the county robin robin after a 67-43 loss to the Knights in Cave Spring’s new gym Tuesday. Trevor Ruble led the Byrdmen with 11 points on a tough night for the visitors.
“If you don’t come ready to play Cave Spring is going to exploit you,” said Cunningham. “They’re a good team, and it was just a matter of a lot of little things that hurt us.”
Last Wednesday at home the Terriers won a thriller over Glenvar, 67-61, in overtime. Byrd had a seven point lead at the half but the Highlanders rallied and had a three point edge with time running out. Byrd had the ball with Ruble at the top of the key looking to create something. He found Cameron Richardson in the corner and he knocked one down with three seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. Byrd then outscored Glenvar, 13-7, in the extra period for the win.
“That was a fun game,” said Cunningham. “It would have been a good one to have fans at.”
Richardson led Byrd with 27 points, 14 of which came in the fourth quarter and overtime. Jamie Cawley had 17 and Ruble had eight.
Byrd played host to Hidden Valley for “Senior Night” on Wednesday but results were too late for publication.