SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. --It was apparent early on that South Charleston wasn't going to waltz to another lopsided victory against Woodrow Wilson. This time, it was going to take every ounce of energy the Black Eagles had.
And that's what happened.
Brandon Knapper and Tre Clark each scored six points in overtime Saturday evening as SC outlasted Woodrow 92-86 in a scintillating close to the MSAC Night of Champions. A capacity crowd of about 1,500 crammed into the South Charleston Community Center to watch the boys finals.
Knapper, who led South Charleston with 28 points, went 6 of 6 at the foul line in overtime and was 14 of 14 at the stripe for the game. He knocked down all six of his tries in the final 52 seconds after the Flying Eagles (15-4) had shaved their OT deficit back to 84-83 on a Donte' Nabors 3-pointer with 1:08 left.
A.D. Cunningham added a double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) for SC (19-1), which won its 15th straight game and avenged a loss to the Flying Eagles in last year's Mountain State Athletic Conference title game.
"Before the game,'' Cunningham said, "[the coaches] told us it was going to be a war, and we're all competitors. And we never quit. So it was showing more heart.''
Woodrow Wilson, which lost at SC 74-53 less than two weeks ago, fell behind 30-18 in the second quarter, but wasn't about to buckle under again.
The Flying Eagles went on a 20-2 run between the halves to take control of the game for the longest time. Woodrow used pressure defense to seize the lead, forcing seven of SC's 21 turnovers in the second quarter.
Woodrow led 62-52 with just over six minutes left in regulation as senior guards Nabors (31 points, nine rebounds, three steals) and Jaylon Breckenridge (20 points, seven rebounds) were at the heart of everything the Flying Eagles did.