Midland captures Class AAA crown
MHS's Nick Hedges on all-tourney team

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Poca's Josh Hull (top) and Wyoming East's Kent McBride look to the official after wrestling for a loose ball in Saturday's Class AA final.

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CHARLESTON -- Mark Patton had 29 points and 14 rebounds as No. 3 Cabell Midland captured its first boys' Class AAA championship with a 61-54 victory over top-ranked South Charleston, on Saturday night.

The 6-foot-9 Patton, who heads to Marshall next season, put on an impressive display of inside moves, long jumpers and fallaway shots.

He scored 16 points in the second half, made 11 of 16 shots for the game and was named to the all-tournament team. Patton's 15-foot jumper at the third-quarter buzzer matched the Knights' largest lead, 46-33.

Cedric Hornbuckle scored 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter as South Charleston (23-4) made one last comeback. His 3-pointer with 50 seconds left narrowed the gap to 56-52, but the Black Eagles got no closer.

Cameron Guill added 12 points for Cabell Midland (24-3).

Others named to the all-tournament team were Hornbuckle, teammates Chad Duernberger and Lee Hall, Cabell Midland's Ryan Stoler and Chad McComas, Riverside's Karl Booker and Morgantown's Nick Hedges.

Class AA
Wyoming East 72, Poca 62
Wyoming East enjoyed coach Gene Reid's sendoff so much, it extended the party.

Wyoming East made 11 free throws in the final two minutes of the second overtime as the second-ranked Warriors earned their first boys' Class AA title, over No. 5 Poca.

Not only was it Reid's final game before retirement, but also the last for five Wyoming East starters. Most of Wyoming East's players, along with Reid, cried during a team prayer before the game.

Class A
Wheeling Central 65
Parkersburg Catholic 61

David Contraguerro scored five of his 29 points in the second overtime and No. 2 Wheeling Central held sharpshooter Rusty Wooten in check after halftime to beat No. 4 Parkersburg Catholic.

Contraguerro, who averaged 23 points in three games and was named to the all-tournament team. His pull-up jumper in the lane with 36 seconds left in the second OT gave Wheeling Central the lead for good, 63-61.