Fairmont Senior turned the ball over on its first possession of the third period and Bluefield made it pay, netting the first six points on Coppola's back-to-back layups and Eades' two shots from the charity stripe for a 19-point bulge (42-23).
Junior guard Austin Norman seemed to get the momentum back on the Polar Bears' side with a four-point play on a 3 and foul shot to cut the deficit to 15 points (44-29) with 3:57 left in the third, but the Beavers answered with two straight baskets from Coppola and Eades to push the lead back to 19 points (48-29) and were never threatened the rest of the way.
Coppola finished with 12 points on 6 of 9 accuracy with eight rebounds for Bluefield. Collier, Eades and junior forward D.J. Edwards earned all-tournament honors.
"Early in the first quarter [Fairmont Senior was] pushing the ball and we just weren't getting back,'' said Bluefield coach Buster Large.
"Once we were able to get back on defense and slow them down a little bit, we were able to get the rebounds and get out to a 13-point lead at halftime. That made a big different right there. That's a very good adjustment. I'm very proud how our kids listened to the coaches.''
Senior guard Travon Horton, Fairmont Senior's top scorer at 18.1 points per game, was held to four points on 2-of-8 shooting in only 19 minutes after picking up three fouls in the opening half. The Polar Bears shot just 34.7 percent, including 29.2 percent in the second half.
"No question it hurt us,'' said Fairmont Senior coach David Retton of Horton's troubles. "He's an outstanding scorer for us and he's able to do a lot of things. Aside from the scoring, he's able to penetrate and get into the zone. It certainly changed how he played in terms of being aggressive.''
Hilson tallied 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting with six rebounds, five assists and two steals for Fairmont Senior while Norman added 10 points. Polar Bears senior center Shaquille Washington had six points, seven boards and five blocks. Hilson, Horton and Washington were all-tournament selections.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.