Point Pleasant edged Weir in the Region 1 co-final 48-46 Thursday at Ripley. The Big Blacks started and finished the season strong, but struggled midseason.
"We've had some peaks and valleys this season," said Point Pleasant coach Rich Blain. "We lost our focus a little bit and got away from our toughness. We had a real heart-to-heart after our loss to Roane County and then got back to what we do."
The Big Blacks fell in the quarterfinal round of last year's state tournament to eventual runner-up Scott 57-38. Blain believes that game helped fuel the desire of his team returning to Charleston this season.
"We had several young men from that team last year that got to feel and enjoy that excitement return this year," said Blain, who's in his 12th season at Point Pleasant. "The kids came back very hungry and they put in the work and the commitment in the off-season to get us back. We've been blessed with kids and a staff that work hard and we're now ready to just survive and advance."
Point Pleasant is led by junior Dillon McCarty (17.0) and sophomore Wade Martin (15.0). The Big Blacks will also look to their lone senior Jacob Wamsley in the post and junior Anthony Perry at the point.
The survivor meets the winner of No. 2 seed Tug Valley against No. 7 seed Webster County Friday at 9:30 a.m.
Reach Dave Miller at 304-348-1749 or davemill...@gmail.com.