HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Ball’s two-handed, slam dunk caps Man’s first-ever hoops championship

Top-seeded Man found themselves down 36-32 with less than three minutes to play to third-seeded and unbeaten Pendleton County in the Class A title game at the Charleston Coliseum Saturday morning.

The Hillbillies turned the switch on offensively, going on an 11-0 run, including a two-handed, slam dunk by Austin Ball to cap the scoring, as Man rallied for a 43-36 come-from-behind win over the Wildcats to capture the school’s first-ever basketball championship.

Man snapped the Wildcats’ 41-game winning streak. The Hillbillies finished the season at 16-2.

Ball finished with 20 points and Jackson Tackett added 11 to lead the way.

At Charleston

(Class A championship)

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

PC (17-1)….11   8    7  10 – 36

MN (16-2)….6  12  11  14 – 43

Scoring:

Pendleton County (36) – Tanner Townsend 2(3) 0-0 13; Bailey Thompson 3 2-4 8; Isaiah Gardiner 2 1-1 5; Taylor Wimer 1 0-0 2 and Josh Alt 3 2-4 8. Totals: 11(3) 5-9 36.

Man (43) – Peyton Adams 0 6-8 6; Austin Ball 10 0-0 20; Caleb Blevins 2 0-0 4; Jackson Tackett 4 3-5 11; and Ryan Cozart 1 0-0 2. Totals: 17 9-13 43.