"I didn't feel good,'' he said. "I was under the weather. My mom and dad both tried to talk me out of [playing], but I wasn't having it. I couldn't let my team down.
"I didn't play too well, but a win's a win. My team stepped up and we got the win.''
Indeed, Riverside's play was uninspiring much of the way. It finished with 36-percent shooting (including just 1 of 14 on 3s) and 22 turnovers.
"We didn't deserve to win this game,'' said Warriors coach Ryan Carter. "Hats off to Cabell Midland, their coaching staff and their players. They gave a lot of effort.
"We had 22 turnovers against a good South Charleston team the other night, a high-pressure team. Then here we had 22 turnovers against Cabell Midland, who sat back in a zone.''
Carter said the team's hit-and-miss practice and playing schedule, a combination of winter weather and the ongoing Kanawha Valley water crisis, contributed to the lack of execution. It was only the Warriors' second game since Dec. 28.
"We've gone through a lot of adversity these last two, 21/2 weeks,'' Carter said. "With only one senior - and Tyus had a migraine to start the game - it's difficult with a young team, but I'm glad we pulled this one off.
"We have a lot of room to improve. Our record's 4-1, but we're not a 4-1 team in the MSAC. We have a lot to improve, and we will. We see gains each and every day we are able to practice. But we don't know anything [about practicing or playing]. It's like day to day. Every morning I send my kids a text before I even talk to my wife, basically.''
Quan Brock led Riverside to a 43-37 edge off the boards by grabbing 11 rebounds. Coy Pettit had eight and Adkins seven for Midland. Sawyer Beckett tallied a dozen points for the Knights.
The game was moved from Riverside because of the water emergency.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.