CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — No. 1 Washington made history on Friday night, winning the school’s first ever boys basketball sectional title with a 76-45 win over rival Hedgesville 76-45.

With the Patriots (23-0) clinging to an 18-16 lead midway through the second quarter, senior guard Dominique Newman took the game over, leading Washington on a 22-7 run into the break.

“I’m not surprised – in big games, he steps up. He will make big plays, that’s his nature,” Washington coach Don Bullett said. “He’s going to take the big shots and do what he has to do defensively, I thought he had some big steals tonight.”

Newman finished with a game-high 24 points and Jerome Jones added 17 points as Washington controlled the boards all night. The Patriots didn’t let the Eagles back in the game in the second half as they converted on 27 of their 32 free throw attempts.

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Washington beat Hedgesville 76-45 to stay unbeaten and win the school’s first sectional championship.
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Hedgesville, meanwhile, was led by Daniel Delaware who had nine points – Theo Carter added eight points for the Eagles.

Like all rivalries, there was a lot of physical play and hard fouls. In the start of the fourth quarter, Eagles’ forward Eli Gates grabbed a rebound and cleared space with his elbow, striking Maleke Jones in the face. A scuffle broke out after, with Gates receiving a technical, along with his teammate Calvin Burks. Newman calmly stepped up after the mayhem and knocked down all four free throws.

“I thought our guys did a pretty good job under the circumstances, I mean the kid lays Dominique out and you know you’re touching teammates and you’re going to respond,” Bullett said. “That’s why I tried to get out there as fast as soon as possible to get my kids away.”

Washington advances to host the Class AAA, Region 2 game on Tuesday night against Elkins, while Hedgesville will have to travel to Lewis County to play for the right to go to Charleston.

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  • booldogsuck

    Win or lose, The Ville faces Lewis Co. in the regional game. Best of luck to the coaches and players vs. Lewis County. Bring home the victory to The Ville!

  • Martinsburg Resident

    Proverbs 23:9.....

    • EP_Haters

      Come on, eat some steak and drink wine with me. Seems like you can poke jabs, but can't handle them in return. Such a punk attitude to have

  • Beagle hound

    Washington should be the Charles Town Minute Men. They sound and look like GW in Kanawha county. Why so unoriginal in an area with so much history?

  • chasmo

    The atmosphere that Church brings to games is beyond anything you can imagine- it is truly amazing that RIOTS have not taken place due to his antics & the " cheap shots " his players take. I was totally surprised that players for HHS were NOT ejected last night. A shame that the officials tolerate this total disregard of " sportsmanship" .Is that " check " worth all that ????

  • EP_Haters

    Waiting on the HHS fans to storm this thread. After Thursday night, your kids were innocent and "classy." Isn't that what you guys said? Now YOUR thugs, as you refer to when it comes to MHS kids, throw elbows and try to fight like little babies when they realize they won't win.

    It doesn't matter when you win, what matters is how you act in defeat. Classy? Haha, that's a joke