SC and Woodrow could wind up meeting for the third straight time in the Mountain State Athletic Conference title game, set for Feb. 22 at the Community Center. The Black Eagles have just about clinched the West Division crown and the Flying Eagles are tied with Capital at 3-0 atop the East.
If the rematch happens, SC coach Vic Herbert realizes Tuesday's outcome won't mean a whole lot.
"This was a fluke, as far as I'm concerned,'' he said. "Who would've expected that? They're probably the second-best team we've played this year behind Knott County, Ky. For us to have our way that way with them? That was a fluke, like when they beat us 17 in the MSAC championship last year. With us and Beckley, it's always three, four, five, six points.''
The Black Eagles didn't get much out of their low-post game Tuesday, but didn't need it with Knapper and Cunningham slashing to the basket and Tre Clark coming off the bench to provide energy, along with five points and seven rebounds.
SC ended with 22 turnovers, but held a 47-42 edge in rebounding after trailing by four at halftime. Anthony Billings grabbed 10 boards for SC.
"We played our style tonight, the way we play,'' Herbert said. "We full-court-pressed them about a third of the game and that bothered them, and it usually doesn't. We extended our 2-3 zone out to halfcourt and I think that confused them a little bit and bothered them some. They're mainly a man-to-man team like us.
"Another key was that they got nine offensive rebounds the first half and five, six stickbacks for points off the glass. In the second half, they were one and done. They shot and we rebounded and they were done. To me, that was the difference.''
The victory was the 99th for Herbert at SC, where he's in his fifth season. He can reach 100 tonight at home against Nitro.
For the Flying Eagles, Nabors scored 16 points and Chase Hancock had nine rebounds.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.