"We emphasized before the game that it would be called tight," Large said. "The way we feel about shooting 39 free throws is that we attacked the bucket quite a bit. With our guard play we emphasize driving a lot."
The Beavers needed to attack the rim as they came up empty (0 for 6) from 3-point range.
Despite the missed scoring opportunities, Bluefield's defense was more than up to the task as a mixture of 2-2-1, half-court traps and full-court man-to-man defenses forced the Huskies into a frantic brand of basketball.
The Beavers held advantages in points off turnovers (18-6) and fast-break points (10-2) and, after trailing 15-13 at the end of the first quarter, really stiffened on defense, forcing 19 North Marion turnovers along the way.
"I thought obviously the big part of the game I think that turnovers killed us," North Marion coach Chris Freeman said. "They were giving us every chance in the world to keep us in this game because they were missing front ends of 1-and-1s, they were not finishing their free throws - unfortunately, every time they did that we'd come down and turn it over, then it seemed like when they made their free throws we'd come back down and score. We could never get enough stops or enough shots to go in the fourth quarter."
Anthony Eades (15 points), D.J. Edwards (13) and Corey Coppola (13) were also in double figures in scoring for Bluefield (23-3).
Matt Cain led North Marion (16-9) with 16 points and 12 rebounds followed by Cameron Wilson with 13 and Cody Opron with 11 points and 11 boards.
The Beavers defeated Tolsia in a semifinal game last year before falling to Tug Valley in the championship game.
Reach Ryan Pritt at 304-348-7948, ryan.pr...@wvgazette.com, or follow him at twitter.com/RPritt.