St. Joe beats Wheeling Central in overtime for Class A title
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Keith Clemons scored 20 points, including what turned out to be the game-winner with 2:17 remaining in overtime, to give St. Joseph a 67-65 victory over Wheeling Central in the Class A championship game.
It was the school’s first state championship in just its second trip to the state tournament.
Clemons had tied the game with 49 seconds left in regulation. Wheeling Central’s Chase Harler was stripped by Clemons but didn’t have enough time to get off a late shot, sending the game into overtime tied at 63.
After a St. Joseph free throw, Harler scored on a drive to the basket. Clemons answered with a layup for a 66-65 lead.
Wheeling Central missed two free throws over the final 37 seconds. Harler had the ball knocked away near midcourt by Clemons to end the game.
John Dawson added 15 points for St. Joseph, Jacob Strieter had 11 points and 11 rebounds and John Morrison scored 10.
Owen Gainer scored 22 to lead Wheeling Central (24-3), including six 3 pointers. Harler scored 18 and Brent Price 11.
It was the second consecutive loss in the championship for Wheeling Central, after winning the 2014 state title.
Fairmont Senior beats Poca 55-37 for Class AA title
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Darhius Nunn had 18 points and 10 assists as Fairmont beat Poca 55-37 in the Class AA state championship game Saturday.
It was Fairmont Senior’s first championship since 1996, when it was a Class AAA school.
The victory avenged Fairmont Senior’s 57-53 loss to Poca in the 2015 championship game.
Like last year, Fairmont Senior started strong. This time, the Polar Bears kept it going.
Fairmont Senior (23-5) led 29-16 at the half. An 11-0 run led by Nunn in the third quarter pushed Fairmont Senior’s lead to 41-19.
Brennan Moorehead added 13 points and Zyon Dobbs scored 10 for the Polar Bears. Dante Stills had six points and 10 rebounds.
Elijah Cuffee had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Poca. Luke Frampton, who had averaged 22.5 points in two state tournament games, was held to six points.
Morgantown caps perfect season with Class AAA championship
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Steven Solomon had 20 points and nine rebounds as Morgantown held off two-time defending state champion Huntington 65-62 in overtime Saturday night in the Class AAA title game.
Top-seeded Morgantown (27-0) finished off the first undefeated season in Class AAA since Stonewall Jackson in 1985.
Second-seeded Huntington (25-2) was foiled in its bid for a third straight title, which the school had accomplished from 2005 to 2007.
Kenzie Melko added 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Mohigans.
J.R. Howard’s layup with 2:32 remaining in regulation for Huntington tied the score at 54-54.
Morgantown never trailed in overtime. Solomon made a free throw with 29 seconds left for a 64-59 lead.
Howard hit a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left, but Huntington didn’t score again. Howard finished with 20 points. Tavian Dunn-Martin scored 17 and Mikal Dawson 11.