CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Neither Jordan Robinson nor his Martinsburg team was doing much from 3-point range Wednesday night. Until the very end of the game, that is.
Robinson knocked down a huge pair of 3s to break a late tie, lifting the No. 1-seeded Bulldogs to a 60-50 victory over Huntington in the quarterfinals of the Class AAA tournament at the Civic Center.
The win sends Martinsburg (24-2) into Friday's 5:30 p.m. semifinal against either No. 4 Washington or No. 5 Parkersburg South, who play today.
Robinson had missed his first three shots of the game and the Bulldogs were a mere 2 of 19 from long range as the score stood tied at 48-all with less than four minutes left.
But Robinson remained undaunted.
When the ball came to him on the left wing with 3:39 remaining, he aimed and fired. Swish. Following a Highlanders turnover, Martinsburg worked the ball around the perimeter and it wound up in Robinson's hands again in almost exactly the same spot with 2:39 to go. Another swish.
What looked like trouble for the Bulldogs was washed away.
"When I caught it, I didn't feel they were respecting me out there,'' Robinson said of the Highlanders' defense. "That first half was one of the worst halves I've ever played, so I figured it couldn't get any worse than that.''
The Bulldogs never tried another 3 the rest of the night and wound up 4 of 21, but it was enough. Huntington (18-7), the No. 8 seed, never got closer than six points afterward.
For much of the night, it seemed like the Highlanders would become the first No. 8 seed to ever beat a No. 1 since the tournament adopted a coaches seeding process in 2005. When it ended, Huntington's 10-point deficit was two shy of the closest a No. 8 had ever come, when No. 1 Logan beat Hedgesville 65-57 in 2010.