CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It's doubtful that Poca and Scott can conjure up a game tonight that's any more compelling than their first two this season.
But then again, this one carries a berth into the state tournament, so that's sure to make it memorable enough.
The Dots (18-6) and Skyhawks (14-10) tangle at 7 tonight at Poca High School in a Class AA Region 4 co-final, with the winner moving on to the March 13-16 state tournament at the Charleston Civic Center.
Another Kanawha Valley team guns for a state tourney spot tonight, as Herbert Hoover (14-10) visits Tolsia (16-8) at 7 in the other Region 4 co-final.
Poca and Scott haven't ripped the nets for a lot of points in their two regular-season meetings, but they have left fans gasping for air.
In their first game at Poca on Jan. 11, the Dots successfully pulled off a length-of-the-floor pass from Matt Chandler to Noah Frampton with 1.5 seconds remaining, and Frampton hit a foul-line jumper at the buzzer for a 40-39 win.
Scott's Matt Dolan appeared to be the hero that night when he dropped in a jumper from the lane with 1.5 seconds remaining to put the Skyhawks up 39-38. But Frampton's buzzer-beater provided the fourth and final lead change in the last three minutes of the game.
Then on Feb. 19 in Madison, Poca held a 10-point second-half lead but watched it melt away as it went nearly 13 minutes without scoring a point, losing 39-35. A rebound goal by Cameron Cottrill with 0.5 seconds left in the game prevented the Dots from going scoreless for the final quarter and a half.