McMECHEN - To have any success this season, veteran Bishop Donahue coach Tom Wise knows most of his roster will have to contribute.
So far, it has.
Five Bishops scored in double figures Friday night as Wise's squad pulled away for a 77-65 victory against Marshall County and West Virginia sectional rival Cameron before a standing-room-only crowd inside the Father Raymond Jablonski Gymnasium.
Cameron’s Mark Walker (5) dribbles down the court while defended by Bishop Donahue’s Saquan Hill (12) during their game Friday night in McMechen.
''It wasn't perfect, but it was a nice win for us,'' Wise said.
The game was nip-and-tuck throughout the first two-plus quarters. But near the end of the third, Bishop Donahue's up-tempo style starting paying dividends against the Dragons' weary legs.
Cameron's Hunter Chambers scored the last of his 10 straight points - all of his points on the night - to give the Dragons a 49-46 lead and cap an 8-0 run with 5:03 left in the quarter.
Following a Bishop Donahue timeout, however, it went on a 10-3 spurt to take a 56-52 lead. Chase Truex scored five of his team-high 15 points during the run.
''We got that spurt where we got a couple of quick steals in the backcourt and converted,'' Wise said.
Chambers fouled out shortly thereafter and Donahue scored seven more unanswered points as action moved into the fourth.
For Cameron coach Chad Clutter, it was vintage Donahue.
''I tip my hat to them,'' he said. ''That's how they win games.
''They throw 10 or 11 guys at you and they count on getting like 15 to 18 points off of steals. If they do that, it puts them in prime position to win games and that's what they did.''
The Dragons (0-2) tried to get back in it. But fatigue and not being able to get the outside shots - Cameron was 24 of 65 (37 percent) - were Achilles' heels down the stretch.
Wise felt his defense created plenty of offense, especially during the closing moments.
'''We pressed clear up until there were about five minutes left and eventually it had to wear them down,'' he said.
Both teams struggled with foul trouble in a game that was ripe with physical play.
''I thought we did a better job of attacking their big guys and getting them to the bench,'' Wise said. ''That certainly helped.
''But let's face it, both teams had starters sitting for lots of minutes.''
But unlike the Bishops' season-opening victory Tuesday against Beallsville, Wise's bench stepped up.
''The other night I think we only had six guys score,'' he said. ''But (Friday), I thought everyone played hard.''
Jared Yates backed up with Truex with 13 points, while Josh Miller had 12. LaVonte Hampton and Bryce Jones both had 11.
Freshman point guard Ryan Clutter paced Cameron with 19 points. His backcourt mate, Mark Walker, followed with 15.
The Dragons' big man, 6-foot-8 Logan Routt, finished with 11 points despite sitting out most of the third quarter in foul trouble.
''We were more aggressive,'' Chad Clutter in comparing Friday's game Wednesday's loss at Clay-Battelle. ''We looked for our shots better, we hit our screens better. We went from being sluggish to more up-tempo and that's how we play.''