"We were aware at the beginning of the game that we had a missed number in the book,'' McClanahan said, "and when we got ready to make the substitution for the young man, I still wanted him on the floor.
"The young man volunteered not to go in, but I told him and the other young men that those two points meant nothing to me. It was more important that he be on the floor. I explained I was willing to absorb that to get him on the floor.''
Fancy meeting you here
Bluefield's Lykel Collier and Fairmont Senior's Jarin Hilson didn't meet Saturday on the Charleston Civic Center floor for the first time.
The two were teammates on an AAU team for five years before their teams met up in the Class AA state championship, which was won by Collier's Beavers in convincing fashion, 63-43.
Collier scored 12 points, including 10 in the opening half, as Bluefield took a 36-23 lead at halftime. He also added three rebounds, seven assists and two steals. Hilson led the Polar Bears with 11 points and contributed six boards, five assists and two steals. Both players were named to the all-tournament team.
"It was a big challenge,'' Collier said of guarding Hilson. "He's a good ball-handler and he's a good player. I knew going in we weren't friends on the court. I just had to go out there and play against him like he was another person.''
"He dictated the game,'' said Hilson of Collier. "He did what he wanted the whole game. Their whole offense ran through him. I just wish we could've defended [Collier and Anthony Eades] better.''
Bluefield is already thinking about a repeat next season.
The Beavers defeated Fairmont Senior 63-43 to capture their first Class AA state title since 1995. Bluefield also won it the next year, so there's no pressure.
"That's the motivation, see if we can do like the '95-'96 teams,'' said Collier.
Bluefield only loses one starter from this year's team and returns junior guard Anthony Eades, who poured in 27 points Saturday against the Polar Bears. Collier, all-tournament pick D.J. Edwards and junior forward Michael Yost also return.
"Get bigger and stronger,'' Collier said. "It's going to be hard getting back to Charleston. Teams are going to be looking for us.''