CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The city of Charleston has been a pretty nice place for Austin Brewer and Mikey Newsome the last couple of years.
The Tug Valley guard duo led their team to a Class AA basketball championship at the Civic Center in 2012 and followed that up with a Class A title last March after the school dropped a division.
They also won a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown game against defending Class A state champion Charleston Catholic during the "Shootout at the Big House,'' a one-day Civic Center showcase in February. Then earlier this spring, each committed to playing at the University of Charleston.
They get another shot at hoops success in the Kanawha Valley tonight when they compete in the North-South All-Star Basketball Classic at the South Charleston Community Center. Tipoff is set for about 7:30.
Brewer and Newsome, both first-team all-staters, will suit up for the South squad tonight, continuing a longtime relationship on the court.
"We kind of knew we wanted to go together,'' Newsome said. "We've been together since we was 5 years old. We're just such a good couple together. I've told everybody this, that out of all the players in the state of West Virginia, I would rather play with Austin than anybody.''
Brewer said that UC coach Mark Downey started to watch him play during his junior season at Tug, then also began to keep an eye on Newsome.
"They was interested in me,'' Brewer said, "and came to watch a few of our games last year. This year, they started to say they was wanting me and watching me all year, then ended up wanting Mikey, too. So it made it kind of easier for us to make a decision and stay together.
"If we had a chance to [stay together], we was going to do it because it made it a lot easier. We wanted to stay together if we could, and that worked out good for us.''
The 6-foot-2 Brewer was one of the Panthers' tallest athletes, but wound up playing a lot of point guard - his true position - and the spot he'll be looked at with the Golden Eagles. He averaged 15.1 points, eight rebounds and six assists as a senior.
Newsome, meanwhile, was Tug's long-range shooter and led the team in scoring as both a senior (17.8) and junior (17.4) during those championship runs.