Morris shows his stuff in AA win
BECKLEY, W.Va. - For Brett Morris, it wasn't exactly the state tournament, but it was the next-best thing.
Morris turned in a double-double Saturday afternoon to lead the Jan-Care Class AA team to a 94-90 victory over the C. Adam Toney Class A squad in the warmup game of the 24th Scott Brown Memorial Classic at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.
Morris, the all-stater from Webster County, finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds and five assists as his team broke away from an 88-all tie in the final minute.
"We just came out to have a good time,'' Morris said. "We knew it would be a tough game. We got a little run there and held on.''
Class AA took a 90-88 lead on a Travon Horton follow shot off a fast break with 50 seconds remaining and never trailed again. Morris hit 3 of 4 free throws in the final 42 seconds to help ice the win and was selected as the game's MVP.
Morris didn't get to play in the state tournament last month as the state-ranked Highlanders were knocked off in the regionals. However, he said Saturday's game helped soothe that disappointment.
"They've got a lot of people here,'' Morris said. "A lot of reporters here hadn't had the chance to see me play. They don't even know where Webster County is. This is a chance to show what you've got down here.''
Also for Class AA, Iziah Hill of Robert C. Byrd scored 20 points with 11 rebounds, Tyler Sprouse of Bridgeport had 15 points and Horton added 11 points.
For Class A, which led 45-40 at halftime, a trio of players from state champion Tug Valley shined, as Austin Brewer contributed 17 points and 12 rebounds and Mikey Newsome and Aaron Muncy each tallied 13 points.
Josh Martin of Greenbrier West led Class A with 21 points and 11 rebounds and Keith Mullins of Greater Beckley Christian scored 17 points, helped by four 3-pointers.
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