SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It didn't happen all at once, and it didn't look exactly the same as before, but South Charleston pretty much wound up in just about the same spot again.
Winning going away, that is.
Hunter Moles kept up his recent torrid pace, dropping in 17 points, and A.D. Cunningham powered his way for 13 as the Black Eagles wore down Riverside 80-50 in the Class AAA Region 3 Section 1 finals Friday night at the SC Community Center.
The win sends the Black Eagles (22-2) into the Region 3 co-finals at 7 p.m. Tuesday at home against Greenbrier East (20-4), which lost to Woodrow Wilson 80-48 in Region 3 Section 2 on Friday. SC thumped East 67-41 at the Community Center on Feb. 21.
The Black Eagles, ranked No. 3 in AAA, didn't overwhelm the Warriors with a flurry of steals, as they've done to some recent opponents. They forced 34 in Wednesday's sectional semifinal victory over Capital and turned over Greenbrier East 28 times a little over a week ago.
Riverside had only seven turnovers at halftime and was shooting better than 50 percent as it trailed 39-27. However, that didn't last long. SC scored 23 of the game's next 28 points to break the game open, bumping its advantage to 30.
"Our pressure made them take bad shots,'' said SC coach Vic Herbert. "They couldn't really get a good look. We were also able to force them out of the stuff that they ran. Basically they had to ball screen to get into anything.
"Thirdly, I think, was our depth. We kept putting guys in. We were fresh and they were dragging because they didn't have the depth we had coming off the bench.''
Riverside hit just 1 of 7 shots in the third quarter and committed five of its 16 turnovers.
"You put pressure on teams,'' Moles said, "and they're not going to have time to do what they usually do. That's what's good about our team. We can make people play faster than they want to.''
South Charleston saw 12 different players score, and its bench outscored the starters 28-13 in the second half.
That's without Neal Brown (a starter all year) and Kevin Williams (a top reserve), who didn't play for the second straight game because of suspensions, and are reportedly off the team for the rest of the season.