CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Donte' Grantham was starting to have flashbacks, and didn't like what he saw. So he did his best to help change it.
Grantham provided 18 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots Friday night and No. 1 seed Martinsburg held on in the waning seconds for a 45-42 victory over Eastern Panhandle neighbor Washington in the Class AAA semifinals at the Civic Center.
Washington (21-6), making its first state tournament appearance, trailed by seven points with 1:19 left, but had possession with 4.4 seconds remaining and trailing by three.
Keldon Bell got a good look at a straightaway 3-pointer from 25 feet, but the ball banked off the glass and the rim at the buzzer, allowing an escape for the Bulldogs (25-2), who advance to tonight's 7:15 finals.
"It's good to win,'' said Martinsburg coach Dave Rogers. "The guy who asked if you'd rather win ugly or lose pretty probably didn't coach. It wasn't pretty at times, but we'll still take it.''
The Bulldogs burst into leads of 10-0 and 20-9 early in the game, but their offense never appeared to get fully in synch and the Patriots kept clawing back.
When Washington's Bell drained a 3 from the left corner with 52 seconds left, the lead was down to 44-42.
Grantham, a 6-foot-7 senior and Division I prospect being evaluated by several schools, including West Virginia, said he started to think back to last year's 53-51 state tournament semifinal loss to George Washington, in which Martinsburg led by eight points with 31/2 minutes left.
"The same kind of scenario was happening,'' Grantham said. "They were cutting the lead down a little bit. I wanted to change it, change what happened [last year] and play hard.
"I just wanted to go inside and make easy baskets. In the first game [on Wednesday], I was looking for the 3 too much.''