Nichols Heats Up, Leads Surge

ROANOKE, Va. – Most of the power outages on the East Coast happened last week in one of the South's worst ice storms in years. On Monday, Roanoke Catholic wasn't adverse to cold spells either as Darris Nichols heated up and led Radford to the road win.

Nichols Hits For 29

At halftime, with the score tied 28-28, Roanoke Catholic was in the ballgame. At the end of the 3rd quarter, the game was all but decided.

Radford ripped off 19 points in the3rd and took a commanding lead in the final period before easily pulling away from Roanoke Catholic with a 74-49 win. Radford's Darris Nichols scored 29 points in the win.

Nichols' 12 points fueled the 3rd quarter outburst that sewed it up for Radford. The lefty guard struggled to find his stroke in the first half but tallied 20 points in the second stanza with numerous potential college suitors in the stands looking on. He finished the game with 29 points on 12-of-22 field goals, including a 3-for-8 effort from downtown. He had 4 assists, 4 rebounds, a steal, a turnover and a pair of blocks.

Over on the Roanoke Catholic side of the ledger, Matt Nowlin led the way with 18 points but the Celtics offense really sputtered throughout. Senior center Paulius Joneliunas scored 13 points and had 11 rebounds, 6 of them of the offensive variety.

Offensively Joneliunas did some nice things. He's got a great set of hands and once he catches it in the post he's got a good idea of how to score. Paulius easily could have posted 20 points but left some chippies on the rim. Particularly impressive was the one dribble drive move to the hoop (missed layin) and a left handed finish in the lane. He's by no means a finished product, but there is plenty to work with. There's a savvy basketball player in that body. He's not a bad runner, but he doesn't run the court well right now.

Radford power forward Terrell Dobbins (6-4 and a safety on the football team) scored 16 points in the win.

NOTES – We continue to hear that South Carolina is in excellent shape with Joneliunas at this juncture. … Marquette (Darrin Horn), North Carolina State (Mark Phelps), West Virginia (Jeff Neubauer) and Richmond (Ramon Williams) were in attendance taking in the action. … Nichols said that he paid an unofficial visit to Clemson last month. NC State, West Virginia, Florida State and Richmond have shown interest. … Here's a name for your 2007 lists: DeAngelo Robinson is an 8th grader who excelled in the JV game and got a little burn late in the varsity game. He's a nice athlete with plenty of potential. He'll be a player. ... Speaking of the JV game, it went into four OTs. Entertaining? Absolutely. But not exactly what you need to have happen when faced with the prospect of a 3-hour drive back home. ...

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