By Cam Huffman
OAK HILL —
Corey Acord, Dai Dai Fortune, Noah Hancock and the Woodrow Wilson junior varsity team battled for a thrilling 65-62 overtime victory over Oak Hill Friday night at The Lilly Center in Oak Hill, and three quarters later they were back on the court, trying their hand against the Red Devil varsity.
In between, the Class AAA No. 2 Flying Eagle varsity club put on a show, cruising to their 14th straight victory with a 75-41 victory over Oak Hill in the regular season finale.
“We got what we needed to get done,” said Woodrow Wilson head coach Ron Kidd. “We were happy that nobody got hurt, and that was the main thing for both teams. That’s what you worry about in your last game.
“Those kids who were in at the end go just as hard as the other guys (in practice). They deserved the minutes, and I thought they did well.”
Beckley (18-4) — which will enter next week’s Region 3, Section 2 tournament as the No. 1 seed — put the game away early, going on a 12-0 run in the opening quarter to turn a 5-5 tie into a 17-5 Woodrow lead. Oak Hill couldn’t solve the Flying Eagles’ relentless pressure defenses, and Beckley converted seemingly every Oak Hill mistake into points on the other end.
State player of the year candidate Donté Nabors scored 11 points in the opening frame and Woodrow led 21-10 after eight minutes.
“That’s just normal for him,” said Kidd of another impressive performance from the Beckley sharp-shooter. “But what I like about our team is that they know when he’s hot and get him the ball. It’s a total team effort. It’s not just him doing it by himself.”
If it wasn’t over then, it definitely was when the Flying Eagles outscored the Red Devils 14-0 over the first three minutes of the second quarter. Beckley led 35-10 at that point, and at halftime, they were up 44-18.
Nabors, who scored nine more in the second quarter, had 20 points at halftime, two more than the entire Oak Hill team.
The junior guard played the first five minutes of the second half before taking a seat and watching the rest from the bench. He finished with 22 points.
“Not really,” Nabors said with a chuckle when asked if it was tough to come out when he was in such a zone. “That gives my teammates a chance to get some reps throughout the second half.
“We’re playing team basketball,” he continued of the team’s recent run of success. “It’s a lot of fun. We get everybody the ball, and we’re playing like we should be playing.”
As he mentioned, the Woodrow star found plenty of help from his friends.
Chase Hancock got into double figures with a 15-point effort, while Brent Osborne scored nine and Fortune eight. Nine different players scored for the Flying Eagles.
Oak Hill (3-17), which continued to battle despite the score, also got nine players into the scorebook. Joey Re scored nine points, while Marc Logan and Josh Jones tallied seven each.
The Red Devils will be the No. 5 seed in Region 3, Section 2 and will play at Shady Spring Monday at 7 p.m.
Woodrow Wilson (18-4)
Andrew Johnson 1 2-2 5, Donte Nabors 6 7-8 22, Chase Hancock 7 0-1 15, Nick Deems 4 0-0 8, Nequan Carrington 2 0-0 4, Brent Osborne 4 0-0 9, Dai Dai Fortune 2 2-3 8, Noah Hancock 1 0-0 2, Devan Bentley 1 0-0 2. Totals 28 11-13 75.
Oak Hill (3-17)
Ervin Fruit 2 1-2 5, Marc Logan 2 2-2 7, Josh Jones 3 0-0 7, Joey Re 2 5-6 9, Kadrin Goodman 1 0-0 2, Colby Gray 1 0-0 2, Kyalo Bradford 2 0-0 4, Deonte Scruggs 2 0-0 4. Totals 15 9-11 41.
WW 21 23 20 11 — 75
OH 10 8 6 17 — 41
3-pointers — WW: 8 (Johnson, Nabors 3, Hancock, Osborne, Fortune 2); OH: 2 (Logan, Jones). Fouled out — none.