Morgantown, Polar Bears and St. Joseph Central take championships
Unbeaten Morgantown had to win by razor-thin margins in both its Class AAA semifinal and final games, but it persevered to take the state’s big-school boys basketball state championship. After disposing of Hurricane in the quarterfinals, 63-39, Morgantown was able to edge Beckley Woodrow Wilson, 54-50, in the semifinals and then ease past second-seeded Huntington, 65-62, in the title game.
In the Class AAA quarterfinal round games it was Huntington trouncing Musselman, 69-45, Parkersburg South topping Capital, 87-86, and Woodrow Wilson eliminating Martinsburg, 69-58.
Huntington downed Parkersburg South, 66-52, to reach the championship game.
Fairmont Senior’s Polar Bears began their championship run with a 63-50 win over Bluefield, followed that victory with a 48-47 win over Bridgeport in the Class AA semifinals and then romped past Poca’s Dots, 55-37, in the title game.
In he Class AA quarterfinals it was Poca outlasting Chapmanville, 30-28, Wyoming East tripping Robert C. Byrd, 51-48, and Bridgeport scattering Ravenswood, 50-28.
In the semifinals, Poca blasted Wyoiming East, 85-55.
The Class A championship was won by St. Joseph Central Catholic when it posted a 54-50 win over Notre Dame in the quarterfinals, stopped top-seeded Magnolia of New Martinsville, 70-62, in the semifinals and tripped Wheeling Central Catholic, 67-65, in the exciting championship game.
The Class A quarterfinal round saw Tug Valley beat Tucker County, 67-55, Wheeling Central Catholic stop Parkersburg Catholic, 68-54, and Magnolia stampede Fayetteville, 72-43.
The other semifinal game saw Wheeling Central Catholic beat Tug Valley, 69-46.