Credit Poca's signature swarming defense and the efficiency in which sophomore guard Noah Frampton and junior guard Cam Cottrill consistently broke the Miners' press, found open shots in transition and handled the ball all evening long.
"Whenever we did what we were supposed to do we handled the press pretty good," Osborne said. "I was proud of our guys. They kept playing and didn't fold when they had a couple of chances to. It was a good win for us, Mingo has been a pretty good team."
Cottrill scored a team-high 20 points and Frampton added 12, but as usual it was Poca's defense that did the real damage.
The Dots (7-1, 3-1) allowed just 31 percent shooting Friday and they haven't given up more than 53 points in a game all season. Poca is 7-0 when holding a team to 51 or less and opponents are averaging just 44.5 points per contest.
Poca may not be the biggest, strongest or most athletic team, but Chandler credits his team's relentless effort for the Dots' success thus far.
"We're just always hard workers," Chandler said. "We never settle down and we're always out there working our butts off. We never go easy on each other, we pretty much get in fights in practice almost every day - we just really work hard."
To Mingo's credit, the Miners overcame struggles on the offensive end and wouldn't let Poca relax, though the deficit never shrank below 12 after the first quarter.
Marqus Cunningham scored 13 points to lead Mingo while Austin Banks added 12.
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