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Charleston 54, Two Rivers 35

Charleston 54, Two Rivers 35

BOYS — Before Charleston could think about winning the 3A-4 District Tournament, the Tigers had to get there.

Thursday, Charleston took care of business against pesky Two Rivers to advance to the title game as expected. Charleston will play in the championship for the seventh consecutive year tonight at 8 p.m. against No. 2 seed Lamar.

“Two Rivers is a tough opponent for us,” Charleston coach B.J. Ross said. “We have a lot of size on them but they play hard, get to a lot of loose balls. They are like a bunch of little waterbugs.”

Mathew Ward had 14 points and freshman Brandon Fenner had 13 for Charleston (24-5).

Ironically, Fenner found himself in the doghouse just last week in the same gym when he forgot his uniform and was not able to play in a big game against Lamar.

Fenner hit for 10 points in the first half including back-to-back 3-pointers that broke the game open with a 25-11 lead for Charleston.

“He came in the locker room and said, ‘Coach I think I redeemed myself,’” Ross said. “He had a real nice game. His ability to shoot the three can really help us in the tournament.”

Andrew Smith added nine points and Chance Shelby had eight for Charleston. Hayden Newhart had four in his first game since suffering a broken nose more than a month ago.

“It’s nice to see Brandon have a good game off the bench and to get Hayden back out there because he can help us inside,” Ross said. “We’ll need to have a good game against Lamar on their home floor.”

Charleston held the lead 42-27 after three quarters.

Charleston 54, Two Rivers 35

Two Rivers 5 13 9 8 — 35

Charleston 9 20 13 12 — 54

Two Rivers (17-11): Whitlow 13, Walker 7, Bromm 5, Yates 3, Morrison 3, Green 2, Lisenby 2.

Charleston (24-5): Ward 14, Fenner 13, Shelby 8, Smith 9, Newhart 4, King 3, Storey 2.

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