Floyd loses to Salem 97-54, Tanner closes in on record

Caleb Tanner drives for another score
Caleb Tanner drives for another score
Caleb Tanner: 25 points and 74 short of a state record (photo from an earlier game this season).

Floyd County High School’s Buffaloes basketball team ventured into the Salem Civic Center Saturday night for the Royal Stanley Memorial Shootout and came away bruised as the home team won going away 97-64, putting the team at 15-4 for the season.

For a change, the opposing team had the high scorer as Alex Light dropped in 27 points, compared to 25 for Caleb Tanner for the Buffaloes.  Tanner now has a career total of 2,614 points — 74 short of the Virginia High School League scoring record set by Stacy Ervin of Twin Springs in 1997. With three games remaining in the regular season, Tanner can break the record before the playoffs begin by averaging 25 points a game.

Floyd led the Salem 21-20 at the end of the first quarter but a strong second quarter by the Spartans turned the game around and Salem led 51-34 at the half.  The Buffaloes outscored the Spartan 16-15 in the third quarter but Salem poured in on with 31 more points in the final quarter, compared to 14 for Floyd.

Justin Conduff scored 17 and Will Cook had 12.  As has been the norm this season, the Buffaloes led in three-point goals with eight — four by Tanner and two each by Conduff and Preston Neukirch.

In a bright note, William Fleming upset Radford 62-59 in the other game of the shootout.  Floyd has lost twice to Radford this season and faces the team again at home in a makeup game on Wednesday.

Floyd plays Bland on the road Monday night, Radford at home on Wednesday and closes out the regular season on the road against Eastern Montgomery.

The conference tournament is scheduled to be played in Floyd on Thursday and Friday of next week.

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