BECKLEY, W.Va. - Hurricane hoped to give a better accounting of itself in Saturday's do-over against Woodrow Wilson. Much to the Redskins' chagrin, it only got worse.
The Flying Eagles forced 24 turnovers and had their fast break humming all night, racking up a 79-48 victory over the Redskins in a Class AAA boys co-championship game of the Big Atlantic Classic at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.
Woodrow (8-2), in winning its seventh straight, placed five players in double-figure scoring before the end of the third quarter.
"We beat a good program that had played good ball,'' Eagles coach Ron Kidd said of Hurricane. "I give our assistant coaches credit for getting our kids ready tonight.''
Hurricane (11-4) had been sharp recently, including a Big Atlantic first-round victory Friday against No. 7 Parkersburg South. But the Redskins, hoping to erase memories of a 62-49 loss at Woodrow on Jan. 11 - a game in which coach Lance Sutherland felt his team came out too passively - instead only saw the gap between the programs increase.
"It didn't make any difference,'' Sutherland said. "We didn't play well. Too many turnovers, we didn't play smart.
"We made a huge step [Friday] night, and we took a huge step back tonight. So we're back to the drawing board.''
Donte Nabors, a returning first-team all-stater last year who is just rounding into shape after an injury, led the Flying Eagles with 13 points, but had plenty of support. Chase Hancock, Nequan Carrington and Brent Osborne each tallied 12 points and Jaylon Breckenridge 11 with nine rebounds.
Hurricane trailed just 17-15 early in the second quarter but in the blink of an eye it was 35-15 with 2:50 left before halftime. Nabors and Hancock each delivered six points during that 18-0 burst.
Even though the Eagles, like a lot of West Virginia teams, missed a lot of practice recently because of classes being called off by snow and cold, they appeared very sharp Saturday, crashing the boards for 18 offensive rebounds, wreaking havoc on Hurricane's passing lanes and even hitting 15 of 21 free throws.
"Give our kids credit for not laying around,'' Kidd said. "They got out and got to the 'Y' and shot a little bit. That was the difference.