W.Va. Boys State Basketball Tournament Roundup
Martinsburg 57, Woodrow Wilson 52
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Donte’ Grantham had 20 points and 17 rebounds, and Martinsburg nearly squandered a 17-point lead and held on to beat Woodrow Wilson 57-52 for the Class AAA championship Saturday night.
Top-seeded Martinsburg (26-2) adds to titles it won in 2009 and 1994.
Second-seeded Woodrow Wilson (23-5) was trying for its 17th state championship and first since 2008.
Martinsburg never trailed. Woodrow Wilson trimmed the big deficit to two points with under 2 minutes remaining but couldn’t take the lead.
Jalen Lewis added 13 points for Martinsburg.
Andrew Johnson led Woodrow Wilson with 19 points and freshman Nequan Carrington scored 12.
Martinsburg seemed to be in control after Lewis capped an 8-0 run with a 3-pointer for a 45-28 lead with 3:13 left in the third quarter. But Martinsburg made just one field goal the rest of the game.
Woodrow Wilson scored 14 straight points to pull within 45-42 with 4:28 remaining in the game.
Martinsburg then made six straight free throws over a 42-second span to push the lead to nine, but Woodrow Wilson wasn’t done.
Johnson hit a 3-pointer with 3:18 left and Woodrow Wilson teammate Dai Dai Fortune made four free throws to trim the deficit to 51-49 with 1:37 left.
Again, Martinsburg answered. After Lewis made a free throw with 52 seconds remaining, Jordan Robinson made a steal and fed Lewis for a layup with 42 seconds left.
Bluefield 63, Fairmont Senior 43
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Anthony Eades scored 27 points and Bluefield beat Fairmont Senior 63-43 in the Class AA championship game on Saturday.
Top-seeded Bluefield made up for the disappointment of losing to Tug Valley in last year’s championship game.
Bluefield (25-3) went ahead to stay midway through the first quarter and used a 17-7 run, including nine points by Eades, to finish the first half and lead 36-23 at halftime.
Bluefield won the third championship in school history, adding to titles in 1995 and 1996.
Corey Coppola and Lykel Collier each added 12 points for Bluefield, which shot 50 percent (24 of 48) from the floor.
Second-seeded Fairmont Senior (21-7) was held to its lowest point total of the season.
Fairmont Senior was in the championship game for the first time since 1998, when it lost to Woodrow Wilson in Class AAA. The Polar Bears won titles in 1996, 1949, 1942, 1939 and 1927.
Fairmont Senior’s Travon Horton and Jarin Hilson each averaged 17 points in two earlier tournament games.
Hilson fouled out against Bluefield and finished with 11 points. Horton picked up two early fouls, played just 19 minutes and finished with four points.
Austin Norman added 10 points for the Polar Bears.
Tug Valley 58, Charleston Catholic 41
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Aaron Muncy scored 21 points to lead Tug Valley to a 58-41 win over Charleston Catholic in the Class A championship game Saturday.
Austin Brewer added 15 points and Mikey Newsome scored 10 for top-seeded Tug Valley.
It was certain one of the teams would win a second consecutive state crown. Tug Valley took the Class AA title last year before dropping down to Class A. Charleston Catholic won in Class A a year ago.
But there was no repeat of 2012’s scoring drought, when Charleston Catholic beat St. Marys 40-34 in the lowest-ever scoring Class A championship game.
Tug Valley (25-3) took the lead for good midway through the second quarter and pulled away after that.
Nick George had 13 points and Garrett McCarty 10 for third-seeded Charleston Catholic (24-4).
Charleston Catholic had reached the championship game for a record ninth time, including eight trips in the past nine years. Charleston Catholic won Class A titles in 2000, 2006, 2007, 1012.
Thomas Baisden had 12 rebounds for Tug Valley, which also adds to the Class AA title it won in 1999. The Panthers outrebounded Charleston Catholic 32-20.
A year ago Tug Valley led Bluefield 15-2 in the first quarter en route to the Class AA crown.
Saturday’s game got off to a similar frantic start. Tug Valley led 19-18 after the first quarter.
The Panthers led 32-26 at halftime and 43-31 entering the fourth.
W.Va. Boys State Basketball Tournament Roundup
Charleston Catholic 61,
Wheeling Central 55
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Defending champion Charleston Catholic will get the chance to play for another Class A championship.
Nick George scored 24 points, Zach Casto had 16 points and 15 rebounds, and the Irish beat Wheeling Central 61-55 in Friday’s semifinals.
Third-seeded Charleston Catholic (24-3) advances to Saturday’s championship game for a record ninth time, including eight trips in the past nine years.
Wheeling Central trimmed an 11-point, third-quarter deficit to 47-44 on two Chase Harler free throws with 3:16 left in the game. Charleston Catholic scored the next six points but didn’t secure the win until Casto made two free throws with 3 seconds left.
For seventh-seeded Wheeling Central (14-13), David Park had 18 points, Harler had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Brandon Wallace had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Tug Valley 54, Tucker County 41
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Tug Valley will play for a second consecutive boys state basketball championship.
Thomas Baisden scored 18 points, Mikey Newsome had 16 and top-seeded Tug Valley beat Tucker County 54-41 in the Class A semifinals Friday.
Tug Valley (24-3) will face No. 3 Charleston Catholic for the title on Saturday. Tug Valley beat the Irish earlier this season, 61-38.
Tug Valley defeated Bluefield in last year’s Class AA title game and dropped to Class A this season.
Fourth-seeded Tucker County (21-4) was hoping to advance to the championship game for the first time since 2004, when it lost to Wheeling Central.
Tug Valley never trailed and broke open a close game with a 12-4 run in the third quarter.
Ian Nichols had 26 points and 14 rebounds for Tucker County.
Fairmont Senior 65, Bridgeport 58
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Travon Horton and Jarin Hilson scored 19 points apiece to lead Fairmont Senior to a 65-58 win over Bridgeport in the Class AA semifinals Friday.
Shaquille Washington added 17 points and 12 rebounds for Fairmont Senior.
Second-seeded Fairmont Senior (21-6) returns to the championship game for the first time since 1998, when it lost to Woodrow Wilson in Class AAA.
Bridgeport’s John Wilfong sank two free throws with 48 seconds left to bring Bridgeport within 61-58, but the Indians didn’t score again. Fairmont Senior sank four free throws in the final 38 seconds.
Sixth-seeded Bridgeport (19-8) was trying to return to the championship game for the first time since winning the 2001 title.
Jordan Haywood led Bridgeport with 17 points. Wilfong had 16 and Tyler Sprouse 15.
Bluefield 54, Robert C. Byrd 48
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Bluefield used a late 12-0 run to beat Robert C. Byrd 54-48 Friday night, giving the Beavers a second-straight berth in the Class AA championship game.
Top-seeded Bluefield (24-3) will play second-seeded Fairmont Senior on Saturday. Bluefield was the top seed last year when it lost to Tug Valley for the title.
Fourth-seeded Robert C. Byrd (20-7) was in the semifinals for the first time since 1996.
Anthony Eades led Bluefield with 15 points. D.J. Edwards added 13 and Lykel Collier and Michael Yost had 10 apiece.
Robert C. Byrd’s Devonti Birch had 18 points and 11 rebounds.
There were six lead changes in the third quarter, but Robert C. Byrd went scoreless for nearly eight minutes. Eades’ layup put Bluefield ahead 50-41 with 2:05 left in the game.
Martinsburg 45, Washington 42
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Donte’ Grantham scored 18 points to lead Martinsburg to a 45-42 win over Eastern Panhandle rival Washington in the Class AAA semifinals Friday night.
Top-seeded Martinsburg (25-2) beat fourth-seeded Washington (21-6) for the fourth time this season and returns to the championship game for the first time since winning the 2009 title.
Martinsburg never trailed and led 22-15 at halftime.
Washington trimmed an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter to 44-42 on Keldon Bell’s 3-pointer with 58 seconds left. Jalen Lewis made a free throw with 8 seconds left for Martinsburg but he missed the second attempt. Washington got the rebound and called a timeout, but Bell missed a 3-point try at the buzzer.
Dominique Newman led Washington with 15 points.
Woodrow Wilson 64, South Charleston 57
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Nequan Carrington scored 16 points and Woodrow Wilson held off South Charleston 64-57 in the Class AAA semifinals Friday night.
On Saturday night against top-seeded Martinsburg, No. 2 Woodrow Wilson will go after its record 17th championship and first since 2008.
Woodrow Wilson’s Donte Nabors and Andrew Johnson added 14 points apiece.
The Flying Eagles (23-4) led 58-52 with 2:03 remaining after a Carrington layup.
Third-seeded South Charleston (24-3) closed the gap to 58-56 with 1:32 left after a Hunter Moles layup and two Rashaud Kincade free throws.
But the Black Eagles scored one point the rest of the game.
South Charleston was trying to return to the championship game for the first time since 2009.
Devyn Harris scored 16 points and Moles had 15 for South Charleston.