CHARLESTON, W.Va. — J.T. Rogoszewski scored nine of his 22 points in triple-overtime and No. 7 Hurricane celebrated a grueling 69-66 victory over No. 3 Hedgesville in a Class AAA semifinal filled with clutch moments.

After the marathon game finally wound to a close, Hurricane coach Lance Sutherland described it as “one heck of a show.”

In the closing seconds of the third overtime, Hedgesville’s C.J. Burks tried to deliver one more gigantic shot, putting up a desperation 3 in hopes of extending the game again. But his contested 23-footer fell short and the Redskins fans erupted in bedlam—their team clinching its first berth in a state title game.

“They were in kind of a zone, so I couldn’t drive to the basket,” Burks said. “There was really only one other choice, to shoot the 3. My team trusted me to take the last shot and I missed it.”

Henry Sorsaia added 20 points for Hurricane (20-6), which benefited from a 38-13 edge in free-throw attempts.

Burks scored 17 to pace Hedgesville (19-5), while Marcus Gulledge scored 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting.

In a back-and-forth thriller that culminated semifinal Friday, it appeared the only thing that might end this game was a curfew. The teams scored on five straight possessions at the end of double-overtime, capped by Rogoszewski’s two free throws with 12 seconds left that tied it at 57-all.

“I just believed in myself and in my free-throw shooting,” Rogoszewski said. “I know I can make them and I want the ball at the end of the game.”

Rogoszewski’s foul-shooting was clutch, but the cold-blooded shot of the night occurred at the end of regulation—a buzzer-beating pull-up 3-pointer by Hedgesville guard Daniel Delaware that squared the score at 52-all and sent the Civic Center into mayhem.

“When I hit the shot I was just happy to still be in it,” Delaware said. “It was a broken-down play and I just took the final shot.”

The euphoria took only a brief reprieve when neither team scored in the first four-minute overtime.

Though Hedgesville shot 51 percent overall and owned a 33-20 edge in rebounding, the Eagles committed 22 turnovers to Hurricane’s 12.

“It became awkward, and in their zones they played a little bit differently,” Hedgesville coach Kelly Church said. “They don’t necessarily trap you, but they jump passing lanes and try to bother stuff. For whatever reasons, as we adjusted we turned the ball over and panicked at times.”

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  • Aaron S.

    Is this the same Hedgesville team that's not even the best team in their section? Seriously, when you're the 2nd best team in your section, how can you claim to be the best team in the state?

    Oh, wait, you're not. You lost AGAIN in the post season.

    • Aaron S.

      Sorry, I just really don't like the format.

  • chasmo

    to all HHS fans/ supports : time to UPGRADE THE SCHEDULE to play atleast a few competitive games instead of Silver Oak / the CAN'T LOSE TOURNAMENT in early Dec. then the same at Musselman AND some away games against teams that are good - away from the EPGames & Officials- Coach was a TOALLY TOTALLY different " person " here in the Civic Center than he was in the EP with the " HOMERS " that do his games . OR, EP Officials, get a BACK BONE and put a stop to him OWNING YOU !!

  • Screw you

    From all of in the EP. Screw you! Last time I looked we have more football, volleyball and basketball trophies than all of you combined. So enjoy your brief success. Everyone knows it is always home cooking in the great state of Kanawha. Now go back home in your coal truck or welfare pick up and hug your sister.

    • EP SUCKS

      You forgot about my meth lab...the rest I already did.

  • Charlestonite

    Way to go skins not believing the hype of the eastern panhandle. Southern boys can ball also. Have have a safe trip home "The Ville ". Try again next year!

    • Charles

      The hype is true about the Eastern Panhandle. When you're playing 7 against 5 then how can you even compete. That obvious was the case in the Washington game then I'm reading that Hedgesville went committed 33 fouls to Hurricanes 13. Go figure.

      • chasmo

        You have got to be KIDDING US . jump shots as compared to taking it[ the ball ] to the basket.

      • wvu999

        Did u watch the game?

        Washington settled for jumpers while Hurricane drove the lane. Hard to get to the line shooting jumpers


    That's right Bud! We knocked all them dern Maryland teams out!!!!!!

  • TJ

    Crazy exciting and edge of seat action -no coffee needed to stay up 2 hours past bedtime to watch this 3-overtime thriller. Both teams - awesome show! Go skins!

  • Skins

    Congrats to the skins. Looks like the EP is not the only area of the state that plays basketball

  • Bub

    What happened to eastern panhandle that's right you went home

  • Les

    Great game. ! Glad Hurricane made it to the finals.