"I just wish I would've entered the dunk contest. I could've won it, too, I believe. But we came out and played hard and I had 13 [points] and had a few dunks. I thought I competed as well as [the AAA players] did.''
Eddy agreed that it was important for him to show why he was the only Division I player in the game, though Grantham will almost definitely compete at that level after spending a season at Hargrave Military Academy (Va.).
For much of the game, Eddy even guarded the 6-7 Grantham, who made just 4 of 12 shots and didn't play down the stretch when the North was giving futile chase.
"He's really good,'' Eddy said of Grantham. "I said I was going to challenge him, and I guarded him the whole game. I just played my best. We went at it, said a few words, but I respect his game and he respects mine, so it's all good.
"I wanted to make sure that everybody knew I was good, and I think I did. I played the best I could. I didn't make every shot, but I made most of them, and that's the point of the game.''
Eddy was 10 of 15 from the floor, including 4 of 6 on 3s.
The South led in rebounds 66-55, with Martin (10 points, 12 boards) pulling off a double-double. Fairmont Senior's Shaquille Washington grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds for the North.
The win, the second in a row for the South, increased its edge to 25-6 since the series was resumed in 1983. The sides had previously alternated wins since moving to the SC Community Center in 2006. Despite the low paid attendance figure, the 1,500-seat facility was nearly two-thirds full on Friday.
It also marked the first time in 10 years that the winning team failed to score 100 points.
The big winner in the pre-game skills contests was University's Travis Tomer, who captured both the slam-dunk competition and 3-point shootout. Tomer then beat Martinsburg's Justin "Cookie'' Clinton, who will quarterback the North in tonight's North-South football game at Laidley Field.
Clinton and the South's Trevond Reese (SC) were pulled out of the stands for a special basketball vs. football 3-point challenge. Tomer needed a tiebreaker to subdue Clinton. Dolan took the free-throw shooting event.
The West Virginia Athletic Directors Association, which sponsors the game, also handed out a pair of $500 scholarships at halftime to Chapmanville's Mackenzie Martin (South) and Parkersburg South's Doug Dennis (North). Dennis scored 11 points.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.