Fairmont Senior kicked off the AA tournament with a solid 59-44 victory over Mingo Central. The Polar Bears led 31-23 at the half, but Central was able to keep the margin between 3 and 5 points for much of the second half. Senior was able to push the lead back out to a more comfortable margin in the middle of the fourth quarter and coasted to the 15-point victory.
Tavon Horton was outstanding for Fairmont Senior, scoring 23 points and adding 5 assists, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals. Jacob Casiluonova chipped in 11 points and Micheal Holloway added 8 points and 14 rebounds. Dalton Hatfield paced the miners with 15 points. Dikembe Dixson scored 13 and Montrell Dixson added 9 points and 9 rebounds.
Woodrow Wilson advanced to the semifinals by squeaking out a 60-59 victory over Martinsburg. The game was tight the whole way, with Woodrow leading by 2 after one quarter, 3 at the half, and the game was tied after three. A Noah Hancock (23 pts, 14 reb) basket gave Beckley a 54-48 lead with 2:44 to play, and a miraculous tip in by Hancock gave the Flying Eagles a 58-55 lead with 36 seconds remaining. Two free throws by Malyk Fowlkes (his only 2 points of the game) put Woodrow up by 4 w/ 5 seconds to play, and a long three at the buzzer by Jessiya Villa set the final margin.
Stephen Beasley and Brent Osborne joined Hancock in double figures with 11 points apiece. Villa led Martinsburg with 17 points, and Jarrell Jones scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Devonte Redman added 12 points for the Bulldogs and Juwan Green pulled in 11 rebounds.
In the final game of the session, seventh-seeded Bluefield jumped out to a quick 12-2 lead over Bridgeport before the Indians settled in to take control of the game. Bridgeport cut the deficit to 1 at the end of the quarter and then led by 4 at the half and 12 after three quarters on the way to a 70-56 victory. The Beavers hit Bridgeport with their best punch to start the game, but they just could not sustain it.
Nick Greely led all scorers with 24 for Bridgeport. Chase Robey and Hunter Haddix joined him in double figures with 13 and 11, respectively. John Wilfong was just shy of a double-double with 9 points and 11 rebounds. Jordan Ponder scored 15 to lead Bluefield, and Corey Coppola added 10.
Bridgeport and Fairmont Senior will meet again at 11:15 on Friday morning. Woodrow Wilson will face Parkersburg South in the semifinals at 5:30 on Friday evening.