Rondale Watson heaved in a shot from near halfcourt at the final buzzer Friday night, giving unbeaten Greenbrier East a 63-61 victory over Tug Valley in a state-ranked boys basketball showdown at the King Coal Classic in Logan.The Spartans (14-0), ranked No. 4 in Class AAA, trailed 61-60 with 1.8 seconds remaining, but had to travel the length of the court to score. Watson, East's top scorer at 23.7 points per game, got the ball and fired in a leaning jumper to win it in thrilling fashion.Tug Valley (10-3) entered the game ranked No. 2 in Class A.The event continues with four games today beginning at noon (see schedule, Page 2B).
PARSIPPANY 71, CROSS LANES 69: Joel Ellenwood scored 39 points as Parsippany (N.J.) defeated Cross Lanes Christian in the championship game of the Bob Jones University tournament in Greenville, S.C.For Cross Lanes (13-9), Tyler Corbin led the way with 21 points while Grant Humphrey scored 18 points and Kyle Davis finished with 17.Girls GREEN. EAST 56, LOGAN 52: Victoria Krystynak scored all seven of her points during a third-quarter run by unbeaten Greenbrier East, which held off the host Wildcats in the opening game of the King Coal Classic.Also for the Spartans (11-0), Bianca Andre' tallied 22 points and Elizabeth Romeo 12.For Logan (8-4), which led 20-18 at halftime, Monica Mitchell had 20 points and 14 rebounds, Shayna Gore scored 12 points and Hannah Adkins 10. CROSS LANES 53, SC UPSTATE 43: Courtney Kendrick scored 36 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Cross Lanes Christian defeated South Caroline Upstate Home School in the title game of the Bob Jones University Invitational at Greenville, S.C.Julianna Lowery contributed five points, 10 boards and nine assists for the Warriors (17-4) while Kathryn Legg added eight points and 12 rebounds. Kendrick was named the MVP and made the all-tournament team along with Lowery.Tiffany Felts tallied 17 points for South Carolina Upstate (15-4) and Bridgette Gleed had 11. South Carolina Upstate had won the tournament the previous three years.