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Boys Basketball: Martinsburg wins state title

March 16, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Donte’ Grantham had 20 points and 17 rebounds, and Martinsburg nearly squandered a 17-point lead and held on to beat Woodrow Wilson 57-52 for the Class AAA championship Saturday night.

Top-seeded Martinsburg (26-2) adds to titles it won in 2009 and 1994.

Second-seeded Woodrow Wilson (23-5) was trying for its 17th state championship and first since 2008.

Martinsburg never trailed. Woodrow Wilson trimmed the big deficit to two points with under 2 minutes remaining but couldn’t take the lead.

Jalen Lewis added 13 points for Martinsburg.

Andrew Johnson led Woodrow Wilson with 19 points and freshman Nequan Carrington scored 12.

Martinsburg seemed to be in control after Lewis capped an 8-0 run with a 3-pointer for a 45-28 lead with 3:13 left in the third quarter.

But Martinsburg made just one field goal the rest of the game.

Woodrow Wilson scored 14 straight points to pull within 45-42 with 4:28 remaining in the game.

Martinsburg then made six straight free throws over a 42-second span to push the lead to nine, but Woodrow Wilson wasn’t done.

Johnson hit a 3-pointer with 3:18 left and Woodrow Wilson teammate Dai Dai Fortune made four free throws to trim the deficit to 51-49 with 1:37 left.

Again, Martinsburg answered. After Lewis made a free throw with 52 seconds remaining, Jordan Robinson made a steal and fed Lewis for a layup with 42 seconds left.

Another Johnson 3-pointer pulled Woodrow Wilson within 55-52 with 15 seconds left, but Grantham made two free throws for Martinsburg to secure the win.

Martinsburg made 10 of 14 free throws over the final four minutes.

Martinsburg 57, Woodrow Wilson 52
WOODROW WILSON (23-5)
Johnson 6-12 5-7 19, Nabors 3-12 2-2 9, C.Hancock 1-6 2-2 4, Carrington 5-9 2-2 12, Osborne 1-3 0-0 3, Breckenridge 0-0 0-2 0, Fortune 0-3 4-4 4, N.Hancock 0-2 1-2 1. Totals 16-47 16-21 52.
MARTINSBURG (26-2)
Robinson 1-5 1-2 3, Lewis 3-13 5-8 13, Cole 2-6 0-1 6, Grantham 6-13 7-7 20, German 4-4 0-1 8, Freeman 1-4 0-0 2, Jones 0-2 2-2 2, Hill 1-1 0-0 2, Long 0-1 1-2 1, Hairston 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 18-51 16-23 57.
Woodrow Wilson    9    14    13    16    —    52
Martinsburg    17    13    15    12    —    57
3-Point Goals—Woodrow Wilson 4-17 (Johnson 2-6, Osborne 1-2, Nabors 1-6, C.Hancock 0-1, Fortune 0-2), Martinsburg 5-17 (Cole 2-4, Lewis 2-7, Grantham 1-3, Jones 0-1, Robinson 0-2). Fouled Out—C.Hancock 5. Rebounds—Woodrow Wilson 32 (Carrington 8), Martinsburg 41 (Grantham 17). Assists—Woodrow Wilson 7 (Johnson 4), Martinsburg 11 (Grantham 4). Total Fouls—Woodrow Wilson 20, Martinsburg 21. A—na.

Class AAA All-Tournment Team
Eugene German, Martinsburg
Jalen Lewis, Martinsburg
Donte’ Grantham, Martinsburg
Nequan Carrington, Woodrow Wilson
Andrew Johnson, Woodrow Wilson
Donte Nabors, Woodrow Wilson
Keldon Bell, Washington
Dominique Newman, Washington

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