"Matt made some really big plays in the first quarter, made some easy baskets and had a nice drive in the second half," Osborne said. "We handled the ball well and did enough to win. We do a lot of things that don't show up [in the scorebook]. They screen, they cut, they make free throws. We're just glad to be playing at home and we're 32 minutes from Charleston."
Cody Morris led Herbert Hoover with 10 points while Sam Schoolcraft and Aaron Burdette each chipped in with seven points. In their last meeting, Morris lit the Dots up for 23 points in Hoover's 46-45 overtime win. This time, Osborne said keeping the Huskies' forward in check was a main priority for his team.
"He had 23 against us the last time, so we wanted to focus on him and make sure he didn't hurt us on the boards," he said. "I'm really proud of these guys."
Hoover's 28 points were the fewest the team has scored since a season-opening loss 42-24 loss at Chapmanville. As a team, the Huskies shot 12 of 28 and 0 of 4 from 3-point range. Gandee said his team was never able to settle into its game plan and get comfortable, and when that happens the results can be predictable.
"We didn't execute our game plan offensively," he said. "We wanted to be really patient and we weren't patient early. We turned the ball over and tried to force things. That doesn't work well for us. Our formula for success is to be patient and try to get what we want, don't force passes if it's not there. If you don't get shots, you can't score."
Poca hosts the loser of tonight's Region 4 Section 2 title game between Scott and Tolsia, while Herbert Hoover travels to play the winner of that game. Both are on Wednesday.
Osborne, the longtime Dots coach, said that while there was still work to do for his team to achieve its ultimate goal, winning the section and taking another step toward the Charleston Civic Center was not any less sweet no matter how many times he has led a team to this point.
"It gets better," he said.
Reach Tom Bragg at tom.br...@wvgazette.com.