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GC has came out sputtering in the first half on offense more times than not here lately.  If they can come out firing on all cylinders I think it's a close game.  The Devils have picked up their defense though so maybe if they come out shooting cold they can rely on their defense to keep within striking distance until they heat up.  

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Would like to see Gate City take it, Radford will be hard for them to beat though. What do they say, offense wins games, defense wins championships. It will take a great defensive effort to beat Radford. Gate City will need to drive it or shoot from outside fairly quickly or Radford will shut them down. Graham didn’t drive it and held it too long trying to set up plays, cost them a lot of time. 

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Gate City (25-3) vs. Radford (28-0)

7 p.m., Pulaski County High School

The Skinny: Gate City is two wins away from its second straight state title, but a tough task awaits the Blue Devils on Tuesday night. … Radford is 55-1 over the past two seasons. The only loss in that span was a 67-48 setback to Gate City in last year’s state quarterfinals. … Radford has played just one game this season decided by single digits and that was a 59-56 victory over Northside, which won the Region 3D title and plays Cave Spring in a Class 3 state semifinal tonight. … “Radford has proven to be a state power for years and Coach [Rick] Cormany’s a wizard,” said Gate City boss Scott Vermillion. “He knows how to coach, I tell you that. His teams are really good and their players are really good. It’s going to be a challenge. They probably know us as well as anybody and we probably know them as well as anybody. It should be a good high school basketball game.” … Gate City grabbed a 47-41 state quarterfinal win over Martinsville, while Radford advanced with a 66-51 triumph over Graham. “Graham was a difficult game for us,” Cormany said. “They had a great game plan going into the game and besides [Cam] Allen and [Drew] Baker, the freshman [David] Graves had a super game.” … Gate City has not lost to a team from Virginia this year. The only setbacks were to Dobyns-Bennett and Cleveland from Tennessee and Wenonah from Birmingham, Alabama. Wenonah won the Alabama Class 5A state title on Saturday with a 52-34 win over Center Point, while D-B and Cleveland played in TSSAA substate games Monday night. … Gate City also has a win over TSSAA Region 1-AA champion Greeneville. … Gate City has reached the VHSL final four for the third time in four seasons and 10th time in program history. The Blue Devils are 5-4 all-time in state semifinal games. They won semifinal contests in 2018, 2013, 2008, 2007 and 1999 en route to the state finals. … Radford won state titles in 1949, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2016 and 2017. The Bobcats beat Gate City in the 2013 state championship game. … Gate City senior Zac Ervin has scored 2,316 career points, while Bradley Dean has 1,349 career points. … This might be the most highly-anticipated game on the state semifinal docket. “Should be a great atmosphere with two good teams getting after it,” Cormany said.

Up Next: Either East Rockingham or Goochland will play the winner on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the Siegel Center on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Congrats to the Bobcats on advancing to the Championship game! Heck of a team and the best of luck.   Congrats to the Devils on a great season....just ran out of gas in the final qtr.  Hate to see Zac go....won't be the same not seeing Ervin or McClung on the court.  

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