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Game 20: Fairmont Senior makes it back-to-back AA titles

In a comeback effort, the Fairmont Senior boy’s basketball team won its second consecutive Class AA state championship Saturday. (WCHS/WVAH)

In a comeback effort, the Fairmont Senior boy’s basketball team won its second consecutive Class AA state championship Saturday.

The No. 1 Polar Bears (25-3) overcame a late deficit to defeat No. 3 Chapmanville (23-5) 59-54 to make it back-to-back years they cut down the nets in Charleston.

Fairmont and Chapmanville were locked at 24 heading into halftime, but the Tigers used a big third quarter to take a 42-35 lead. Trailing by 7 points in the final quarter, the Polar Bears outscored Chapmanville 24-12 on its way to the win.

The Polar Bears were led in scoring by Tavon Horton and Jalen Bridges. Horton scored 16 in the championship game. Throughout the tournament he averaged 14 points a game. Bridges scored 14 in the title game.

The Tigers were led by Drew Williamson who scored 26 points in the championship. Williamson led the way for Chapmanville throughout the tournament, scoring 20 points a game.

Coming into Saturday’s championship game, Fairmont Senior had been on cruise control through its first two games. In the opening round, the Polar Bears ended Herbert Hoover’s unlikely tournament run, defeating the Huskies 59-39. In the semifinals, Fairmont Senior beat the Mingo Central Miners 62-44.

The Polar Bears have made it a habit of playing in the title game of late, playing in three straight championship games. Last year they beat Poca 55-37 to win the Class AA crown. The year prior, the Dots beat the Polar Bears 59-53.

Fairmont Senior made it a clean sweep after the girl's basketball team won a state championship one week ago.

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