CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For the third time this season, South Charleston and Woodrow Wilson will square off. But tonight's game carries a bit more importance, as it comes in the Class AAA state tournament semifinals.
The Black Eagles and Flying Eagles have exchanged wins on each other's home floor, but their 9 p.m. matchup today decides a spot in Saturday's title game.
"It's like looking at us,'' said SC coach Vic Herbert. "Our guys and their guys know each other so well and play against each other a lot in the offseason.
"It's not like playing Morgantown, where some of our guys know some of their guys. We play [Woodrow] a couple times every year and we know them and what's going on. They're very, very good and shoot the ball good, they defend like we defend. Their transition game's out of sight. They don't really have a lot of mental breakdowns or errors.
"Down there, defense won it for us. We had a run at the beginning of the third quarter and kept the cushion for most of the rest of the game. The second time, they got on a roll. I was playing zone and I told these guys that's my fault, we should have gone man from the beginning and I won't make that mistake again. Whoever's hot, whoever's night it is will win that game.''
Tips from his official dad
Anthony Eades gets the best of both worlds when it comes to basketball.
The Bluefield standout, who along with his team advanced to the Class AA quarterfinals on Thursday night, is the son of Mike Eades, a respected college basketball official.
Mike Eades generally works games in the ACC, Big Ten and Big East, and currently is handling games in the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C.
Thus, his son gets to learn about the game of basketball from both the inside and the outside.
"A lot has come from him,'' Anthony Eades said after Thursday's win against North Marion. "He's taught me everything I know. Since I was little, he's taught me how to play, taught me how to shoot - everything about the game of basketball, he's taught me.''
Mike Eades, obviously, is on the road working a lot this time of year, taking care of his own March Madness, but occasionally gets to see his son play, like on Thursday at the Civic Center.
"He was actually here tonight,'' Anthony Eades said. "He's reffing the ACC tournament, but he flew up on a private jet and got to watch us play.''
Anthony Eades said his father's knowledge of the game, even from a rules and implementation standpoint, translates into helpful information for him.
"A lot of it does,'' Anthony said. "He knows a lot about the game and the rules of the game. It's a big help from him teaching me how to play.''
Fairmont Senior's prize for winning its Class AA quarterfinal was a rematch with Bridgeport.
The No. 2 Polar Bears overcame cold shooting to finally put away pesky No. 7 Scott 55-48. In the first game of the morning Thursday, the No. 6 Indians pulled a 79-71 upset of No. 3 Westside to set up a semifinal showdown between Fairmont and Bridgeport at 11:15 a.m. today.
Fairmont Senior and Bridgeport have already played twice this season, with the Polar Bears earning a 61-54 win in overtime and a much easier 76-50 victory.
"I think it comes down to who can execute better,'' said Fairmont Senior coach David Retton. "There are no secrets between the teams. I don't think we're going to do anything between now and today that's going to be any different.
"We talked about how we felt about playing North Marion [in the section championship game], they beat us twice. There was a lot for us to come out and win. Now it's on the other foot. Surely they will have their intensity ready for the ballgame and we certainly need to match or surpass their intensity.''