There are no unbeaten boys teams left in West Virginia, but South Charleston wrapped up a perfect season of sorts Saturday night.
The Black Eagles completed their romp through the Mountain State Athletic Conference with a 71-68 comeback victory against Woodrow Wilson in the boys title game during the MSAC Night of Champions at the SC Community Center.
South Charleston went 15-0 against league opponents during the regular season, and added the school's first conference championship since 2009.
"How can you not be happy with a championship - 16-0 in this league,'' said SC coach Vic Herbert. "That's as good as you can get in what, in my opinion, is the toughest league in the state.''
Saturday's game hardly resembled the teams' first meeting of the season, in which the Black Eagles thumped Woodrow 61-45 at the Community Center. The Flying Eagles were almost never in it that night, shooting 23 percent in that game, and 3-of-25 from 3-point range.
On Saturday, however, Woodrow led by as many as 14 midway into the third quarter and was still up by six points at about the four-minute mark. The Flying Eagles also shot better (7-of-14 from long range) and outrebounded SC 32-30.
But the Beckley school couldn't get a defensive stop when SC started making its move. Trevond Reese hit six straight low-post baskets in the third quarter and freshman A.D. Cunningham came off the bench to sink 7-of-9 shots in the game.
"Give them credit because they played us tough,'' Reese said, "but I just knew if I got the ball, I was either going to score or get fouled because they couldn't guard me inside. I was too strong for them.
"I'm just so thrilled right now that we can come in here and go 16-0 in the toughest league in the state. This is a blessing.''
Woodrow coach Ron Kidd was still searching for answers after the game, albeit not as many as he sought after the first meeting in January.
"We've got to get stronger inside,'' Kidd said. "I think we're 6-6 and 6-3 and Reese, it seems like he's 5-9. Come on, now. He's a man, he's tough. But we've got to be tougher than that.
"Make him go to the foul line. The kids let him do what he wanted to do right there. Somebody's got to accept that challenge. He's tough, but we've got to be tougher.''
The spirited comeback was just what SC (18-3) needed following a 60-51 loss to Wheeling Park at the Civic Center. The Black Eagles have one regular-season game left at Class AA power Wyoming East Wednesday before opening sectional play.
"The Wheeling Park game took a toll on us,'' Reese said, "but we came in here and we wanted to win. We just knew we could do it again. We believed in our coaches, our fans, everybody. It was a community effort.''
The Black Eagles could retain their status as the state's No. 1 team when the Class AAA rankings are released today and Herbert said the team is still intent on capturing the top seeds for upcoming sectional and regional play, and perhaps beyond.
"I tell the kids we're fighting our guts out right now to get a one or a two seed,'' Herbert said. "We've got to win the sectional and regional against good competition, but if we can get to the state tournament, the No. 1 and No. 2 [seeds] get a break.
"The No. 1 seed plays on a Wednesday night [in the first round of the state tournament] and No. 2 plays at 11:15 Wednesday morning. So look at all that rest you get until you play [the semifinals on Friday]. That's what I explained to the kids - it's important to try and get the 1 or 2 seed.''
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