PARKERSBURG - Cameron Marks must have eyes in the back of his head after the Edison point guard dished out eight assists and just missed out on several others as the Eagles defeated VanDevender 44-32 in the 6th grade championship game of the Wood County Middle School Tournament on Tuesday night.
"Cameron is pretty much the floor general for me," Edison coach Matt Winters said. "He runs the offense and sees the floor very well. He makes the defense collapse on him then he dishes from side to side. He did a great job this season, that's for sure."
At the Rod Oldham Athletic Center, Edison completed a perfect run through the campaign at 11-0, while VanDevender took second place and finished the season at 10-5. Three of the Blue Devils' losses occurred to Edison.
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Edison point guard Cameron Marks tries to dribble past VanDevender’s Anthony Craig during the 6th grade championship of Tuesday’s Wood County Middle School Tournament played at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center. Edison completed a perfect season at 11-0 after defeating VanDevender, 44-32.
"This is a special group of boys," Winters continued. "They worked their tails off. I'm so proud of them especially with the way the weather was throwing everybody off. It's hard to maintain a rhythm, but they did it throughout the season."
In the title game, the outcome wasn't decided until Edison opened the fourth quarter with an 11-2 run and moved out in front 37-26. The gap reached as many as 14 points on a free throw from Alex Woolard, who led all scorers with 17 points to go with a game-high nine rebounds.
"Alex has come a long way as far as growing into his body a little bit," Winters said. "He is starting to understand that his game is going to be underneath for a while. He's used that to his advantage. He doesn't bring the ball down low - he keeps it up high and he has done that for the entire year."
Also making a major contribution to the Edison scoring column were Jeffery Tucker with nine points, and Blake McMullen and Marks each pitching in eight points. Those top four scorers for the Eagles made the 12-member all-tournament team.
VanDevender came out swinging from the get-go and built an 8-2 lead behind consecutive 3-pointers from Marcus Mann and Noah Umpleby.
Edison answered with six straight points to close the quarter and the game remained tied at 12 heading into intermission.
Edison took the momentum as the second half commenced with four different players accounting for a bucket which gave the Eagles a 22-17 advantage.
Trailing 24-18, VanDevender made a push just before the third quarter ended and closed to within two at 26-24 with six minutes remaining.
Edison's run in the fourth quarter began with a putback by its first person off the bench, Nathan Currey, and resulted in his only bucket of the game.
The Blue Devils managed just two field goals in the quarter as Edison won the period, 18-8.
Umpleby, who was the league's top scorer during the regular season, finished with 15 points, while Mann added seven points.
"I think we wore VanDevender down enough so that they had to shoot from the outside," Winters said. "They were tired and we wanted to run them as much as we could."