The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Latest Sports

March 5, 2013

Back to Charleston

Flying Eagles win Region 3 co-final over Riverside to clinch spot in states

BECKLEY — By the time Corey Acord scored the game’s final point, the celebration had begun.

After an early season struggle, Woodrow Wilson has won its 17th consecutive game, a 79-62 victory over Riverside.

The reward? A trip to Charleston and a chance to win the 17th state title for the “City of Champions.”

“It’s a good feeling to have your team go to Charleston and showcase your team in front of the whole state of West Virginia,” Beckley coach Ron Kidd said. It will be Kidd’s 10th state tournament appearance as head coach.

If a game could be symbolic of an entire season, Tuesday night’s Classs Region 3 co-final was it.

The Flying Eagles started the game slow, getting behind the 8-ball early in the first quarter, 16-14, before making the adjustments needed at the half to jump out to a commanding lead and the victory.

“I tell ya what, if you’ve watched us this season, we haven’t played a good 32 minutes of basketball,” Kidd said. “We pulled it together in the end. I’m so proud of our kids. They gutted it out.”

Questions surrounded the team’s leading scorer, Donté Nabors, and whether he would be able to play. Nabors was injured Friday night when he got tangled up with Greenbrier East’s Obi Romeo, leaving the player of the year candidate with bruised ribs.

The questions were answered 10 minutes into the game when Nabors hit his first shot. He’d go on to finish with 16 points.

But the real firepower came from Andrew Johnson, who was playing his final game on Dave Barksdale Court. The Flying Eagles captain had 24 points.

“Coming into the game, I was excited to come in and play my last game here,” Johnson said. “I’m actually just glad to be playing here. We could have went to Charleston, but we’re here. I’m really happy it came here. I didn’t go out the way I wanted to. I feel like we could have played a lot better.”

Helping Johnson pick up the pace on offense was the duo of Brent Osborne and freshman Nequan Carrington.

“I didn’t have to play like a freshman,” Carrington said. “I just had to be a ball player. Just hard work. You learn over time how to be adjusted to everything. It starts to come easier and easier. You gotta learn how to play every minute for 32 minutes.”

Osborne hit a pair of big 3-pointers early in the third quarter to help swing the momentum -- and the lead -- in favor of Beckley.

“I just try to come in and provide a spark,” Osborne said. “Everyone on this team is refusing to lose.”

Osborne worked his way from the bench to the starting lineup this season, a move he credits to the leadership of Johnson.

“Drew’s like a big brother to me,” Osborne said. “When I came up as a freshman behind Drew he really helped me a lot. He helped me learn how to do things the right way. He helped me learn how practices go. Now we’re both on the same page. It’s really clicking for us.”

Nabors’ injured ribs might still be a point of conversation going into next week’s state tournament.

“They’re very sore. I’m going to ice them and rest,” Nabors said. “My teammates knew I had a serious injury. Drew and Brent stepped up a lot. We work as a team. We don’t look for one guy. That’s Beckley basketball.”

Nabors will have a week to rest as the team looks on to Charleston and the state tournament.

“I read it today in the newspaper that this is the 100th state basketball tournament,” Osborne said. “We want to bring back the 17th banner to Beckley. We’ve secretly been talking about what it means to be a part of that fraternity. We’re working for it.”

“It means a lot to be going to Charleston,” Johnson said. “I felt like we should have been going last year. This is our year to go to states.”

Coach Ron Kidd echoed those sentiments.

“We won’t know who we play until Friday,” Kidd said. “It’s the 100th anniversary of the state tournament. It wouldn’t be right if Woodrow hadn’t been there.”

— E-mail: jrollins@

register-herald.com and follow on Twitter at @JDanielRollins.

For team coverage check us out online at

www.register-herald.com and look for the "In The Paint" link.

Riverside (10-14)

Marcus Reed 6 4-6 17, Tamar Lawson 2 4-4 8, Quan Brock 3 0-0 8, Nick Light 7 2-2 17, Tyus Wood 3 2-2 9, Trevor Smith, Josh Carpenter 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 12-15 61.

Woodrow Wilson (21-4)

Corey Acord 1 0-0 2, Andrew Johnson 8 6-7 24, Nick Deems 0 0-0 0, Jaylon Breckenridge 2 0-0 6, Donte Nabors 5 4-4 16, Chase Hancock 1 0-1 3, Dai Dai Fortune 0 0-0 0, Noah Hancock 1 0-0 2, Nequan Carrington 6 3-5 15, Brent Osborne 4 1-3 11, Devan Bentley 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 14-20 79.

R    16    19    16    10    —    61

WW    14    22    23    20    —    79

3-point goals — R: 5 (Brock 2, Reed, Light, Wood); WW: 9 (Nabors 2, Osborne 2, Johnson 2, Breckenridge 2, Hancock). Fouled out — None.

1
Text Only
Latest Sports
  • Herd lands ‘Other D’Antoni’

    Danny D’Antoni hasn’t been a West Virginia resident in nearly 40 years. That will soon change, and his family could not be happier.
    D’Antoni will be introduced as Marshall’s new head men’s basketball coach at a press conference at 2 p.m. today. Athletic director Mike Hamrick announced the hiring via Twitter Thursday afternoon.

    April 24, 2014

  • 042514 thompson Shady’s Thompson clearing hurdles with ease

    A fall while running hurdles can be a dangerous thing.
    Unless you’re Shady Spring’s Lyndsey Thompson.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • It’s time for spring cleaning inside my crowded cranium

    My head has been filled with more thoughts than a Hallmark store and more nuggets than a McDonald’s freezer in recent days, so I decided it was time to clear them out and get at least some of them in print.
    Here goes.

    April 24, 2014

  • Treadway Memorial wooden bat tournament begins today

    It’s time to break out the sticks in Coal City.
    The Jeff Treadway Memorial Wooden Bat Tournament will be held tonight and Saturday when the host team Independence, welcomes visitors Bluefield, Greenbrier West and James Monroe to Joe Goddard Field.

    April 24, 2014

  • Dan D’Antoni will be next Marshall men's basketball coach

    Dan D’Antoni will be named the new head men’s basketball coach at Marshall, a source with direct knowledge of the hiring confirmed to The Register-Herald on Thursday.

    April 24, 2014

  • Hamrick deserves praise for pursuit of D’Antoni

    Sometimes gambles don’t pay off, but some risks simply have to be taken.

    April 23, 2014

  • Gettin’ ready for gobbler season: Step 5 — safety

    My brothers in camo, I could not do this series on preparing for gobbler season without talking to you about the aspects of turkey hunting safety. If you haven’t picked up on it yet, I have trouble calling myself an expert on anything. Unfortunately, however, I do have a lot of experience in this area.

    April 23, 2014

  • 042414 woodrow 2 Woodrow hangs on to knock off No. 5 Patriots

    What was supposed to be a pitchers duel turned into anything but Wednesday at Woodrow Wilson High School, but there was not shortage of drama in the Class AAA baseball showdown between No. 8 Woodrow Wilson and No. 5 George Washington.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • WVU post-spring depth chart filled with few surprises

    Although the contents brought about as much of a surprise as a over the hill balloon at a 40th birthday party, there were a few interesting nuggets in the post-spring depth chart that West Virginia University sent out Wednesday morning.

    April 23, 2014

  • Herd staffer completes Boston Marathon

    As Travis Epling watched the events of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings as they were unfolding, he couldn’t help feeling a connection.

    April 23, 2014

NCAA Hoops
AP Video