CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The featured game of Tuesday's Shootout at the Big House turned into a learning experience for Charleston Catholic.
Westside gave the Irish a good look at a polished Class AA club as the Renegades ran away with a 69-59 victory in the finale of the opening day of the two-day hoops extravaganza.
Westside (13-5) came into the game ranked No. 7 in Class AA, and the Irish (13-6) held down the No. 7 spot in Class A.
Will Fox led a balanced effort for Westside with 17 points, and was followed by Jordan Browning (15), Justin Cogar (12), Corey Bowles (10) and Levi Lambert (10).
Browning came off the bench to reach double figures and the Renegades hit 20 of 28 free throws.
"I liked the way we competed,'' said Catholic coach Bill McClanahan. "I'm pleased with the way we competed.
"We missed at least five, six layups and we missed some free throws and we made some decisions that you can't make in a game against this level of competition. But overall, I'm pleased with how we competed and, this time of year, that's an important step.''
Nick George's double-double (25 points, 12 rebounds) led the Irish, and Garret McCarty added 18 points before fouling out with 3:14 remaining. Russell Miller tallied 10 points for Catholic.
The Renegades led 28-26 at halftime.
The final game of the eight-game Shootout ended at 11:25 p.m. So how late was it? Well, apparently whoever was in charge of playing the warmup music during halftime had already left, as songs kept playing for the first minute of the third quarter, creating a weird effect in a largely quiet arena.
Eight more games are scheduled for today (see schedule, Page 2B).
Here's a look at Tuesday's earlier games:
George Washington 73, Elkins 58: Jon Elmore contributed 30 points and six rebounds to lift George Washington over Elkins.
Also for George Washington (16-4), the No. 7 team in Class AAA, Dominik King scored 13 points and Anthony Dean had 12.
The Patriots led in rebounds 36-25, with Dean grabbing six missed shots.
Elkins (8-6) was led by Braden Hammond, who swished six 3-pointers and scored 20 points. Logan Phillips shrugged off a 2-of-13 shooting start to finish with 16 points and seven rebounds.
Tyler Shreve knocked down three 3s for the Tigers and scored 13 points. Elkins canned 10 3s and GW nine.