The uniforms were maroon and white and Donte Nabors, Chase Hancock and Jaylon Breckenridge were left standing victorious on Dave Barksdale Court in the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.
Only this time, it wasn’t Woodrow Wilson that took home the win, it was the EIN All-Stars.
The trio of Flying Eagles joined forces with players from across the nation Saturday night at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center at the Scott Brown Employer’s Innovative Network Classic and defeated the Crossroads Chevrolet All-Stars 108-105 in an exciting conclusion to the annual event.
“It feels good to be back in the armory one last time,” Nabors said. “I’m glad I made the best of it.”
Nabors finished the night with 19 points and nine assists. He also took home the 3-point Shootout championship, outlasting Huntington Prep’s Josh Perkins and Clay-Battelle’s Zach Chisler.
“Coach (Vic) Herbert told me I was going to win,” Nabors said with a smile. “I didn’t think I had it in me, but I went out there and shot.”
The 5-foot-11 second generation Flying Eagle wasn’t intimidated by sharing the floor with many Division I prospects.
“I just went out there and played my hardest,” he said. “There are guys going to DI schools, but I just played my game.”
There was plenty of shooting on the night with West Virginia University signees Daxter Miles and Jevon Carter going head-to-head. Carter scored 21 points for Crossroads Chevrolet while Miles led EIN with 26 points, but perhaps none were bigger than his final two.
At the foul line with his team up 106-105 with just under 10 seconds remaining in the contest, Miles missed the basket.
But just as he’s done time and time again, Hancock came to the rescue, tearing down the rebound and dishing it back to Miles, who nailed a jumper from the free-throw line to give EIN the victory.
“That was the biggest moment of the game,” Miles said of Hancock’s rebound. “And then he got a steal (earlier). Chase was diving on the floor! He’s awesome! I’d love to have him on my team. He’s not selfish at all.”
“That’s always Chase,” Nabors said of his Flying Eagle teammate. “Always on the floor. Always getting rebounds. That’s always Chase.”
The game looked a bit like a highlight reel for the future Marshall Thundering Herd football walk-on, who, in stereotypical Hancock fashion, had some of the biggest moments — and loudest thuds — diving on the hardwood for the loose ball. He finished with nine rebounds.
“I’ll do whatever it takes — diving on floors, diving out of bounds. That’s what I did,” Hancock said. “This was my last (career) basketball game. I just wanted to do what I do and I hope I left everything out there and left a legacy behind.”
The biggest scorer of the night was Huntington Prep’s Perkins. The Gonzaga signee scored 31 points.
“It was fun to be on the court one more time with coach Rob (Fulford),” Perkins said. “There was an opportunity to shoot the ball more than I normally have during the year.”
The Colorado native was also able to share the floor with many West Virginia players for the first time in his career, including Oak Hill’s Jalen Jones. After representing the state with the national power Prep squad, he was grateful for the way he was accepted on the all-star roster.
“It was great,” he said. “It seemed like they welcomed me very much and they all played very hard. It was a great experience.”
While Nabors won the 3-point shootout, the dunk contest came down to Miles and Carter.
In the end it was Miles who walked away with the championship, catching an alley-oop from Carter while jumping over the 6-5 John Riley of Lewis County.
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EIN All-Stars 108, Crossroads Chevrolet All-Stars 105
Crossroads Chevrolet All-Stars
Josh Perkins 13-25 6-15 34, Jevon Carter 6-19 7-9 21, Carrington Morris 5-13 0-1 11, Dylan Hodson 4-7 0-0 11, John Riley 1-9 2-2 4, Jalen Jones 3-6 0-0 7, Brandon Jones 6-11 1-1 15, Karl Overstreet 1-3 0-0 2. Totals: 39-93 12-15 105.
Nnamdi Okoro 8-9 2-4 18, Daxter Miles 9-25 4-5 26, Donte Nabors 7-14 1-2 19, Anthony Billings 7-10 0-0 15, Scott Core 3-7 0-0 9, Jaylon Breckenridge 2-4 0-0 5, Zen Clements 6-11 12, Chase Hancock 2-5 0-1 3. Totals: 44-85 13-34 108.
CC 46 59 — 105
EIN 49 59 — 108
3-point goals — CC: 15 (Perkins 6, Carter 2, Hodson 3, B. Jones 2, J. Jones, Morris); EIN: 13 (Miles 4, Nabors 4, Core 3, Billings, Breckenridge.) Fouled out — none.