Falbo shoot

Valley's Adam Falbo puts up a layup after a steal during the Greyhounds' Big Atlantic Classic basketball game against Van in Beckley on Monday.

BECKLEY — Senior Jimmy Harper put back an Adam Falbo miss with 2.7 seconds left to send Valley to the Class A championship game of the Big Atlantic Classic with a 63-61 victory over Van on Monday night at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.

"We made a couple of good plays (down the stretch)," said Valley head coach Joe McCoy. Of the game-winning Harper bucket, he said, "We set up a screen for Adam to get him in the lane. We had Jimmy and Austin (Giannini) to block out (in the event of a miss). Jimmy got it and put it back in for us."

Valley trailed 60-50 when a Zach Winter 3-pointer started an 11-1 Valley run which knotted the score at 61 with 1:02 remaining.

Lucca Giannini had 17 points, nine rebounds and six steals for Valley, while cousin Austin Giannini added 10 of his career-high 16 in the fourth quarter. Falbo had 10 and Quinten DeMello eight for Valley.

David Stewart and Gavin Smith netted 18 and 17 points, respectively, to lead the Bulldogs (6-8), who face Fayetteville in tonight's consolation game.

Valley started the game off strong, leading 24-17 after the first period. Van answered, though, and finally moved into the lead at 30-28 on a Smith 3-pointer with 3:15 left in the second quarter. The Bulldogs led 48-44 through three and utilized a 12-6 spurt to assume a 60-50 spread before the 'Hounds mounted their comeback.

"We played in spurts," McCoy said.

The Greyhounds (7-8) will seek their second consecutive Big Atlantic title with a 9 p.m. meeting Tuesday against Greenbrier West (12-2), the fourth-ranked team in The Associated Press Class A poll.

Valley will have to "play with intensity and be aggressive," McCoy said. "We have to try to keep the big boys (Riley and Collin O'Dell) off the boards, and we have to try to slow down (Noah) Midkiff."

Valley (7-8)

Adam Falbo 4-14 2-7 10, Lucca Giannini 8-13 0-0 17, Quinten DeMello 3-6 2-2 8, Austin Giannini 6-9 4-4 16, Jimmy Harper 3-9 1-2 7, Zach Winter 1-4 2-2 5, Isiah Ford 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-55 11-17 63.

Van (6-8)

David Stewart 6-12 3-4 18, Gavin Smith 6-14 2-2 17, Jacob Jarrell 1-6 2-2 4, Austin Javins 1-3 2-4 4, Caleb Price 4-11 5-6 13, Jarod Bickett 2-3 0-0 5, Hunter McMicken 0-0 0-0 0, Mark Smith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-49 14-18 61.

Val.: 24 6 14 19 — 63

Van: 17 23 8 13 — 61

3-point goals: Valley 2-9 (Falbo 0-2, L.Giannini 1-3, DeMello 0-1, Winter 1-3), Van 7-19 (Stewart 3-6, Smith 3-8, Jarrell 0-3, Price 0-1, Price 1-1). Rebounds: Valley 29 (L.Giannini 9), Van 29 (Smith 7). Assists: Valley 11 (Harper 5), Van 9 (Stewart 3). Blocked shots: Valley 3 (Falbo 2), Van 0. Turnovers: Valley 9, Van 14. Fouled out: Smith. Technical: Smith. Total fouls: Valley 15, Van 14.

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In the other semifinal, Greenbrier West used a 9-0 surge at the outset of the second period to assume a 25-15 lead over the Fayetteville Pirates, and the Cavaliers led 39-26 at intermission en route to a 76-50 win.

Collin O'Dell scored 21 and Noah Midkiff had 18 for West, which won its sixth straight.

Hunter Rinehart buried six 3-pointers and scored 22 points to pace Fayetteville (3-13). Five of the long-range shots occurred in the first half. Luke Vass tossed in 12 points and Gabe Mack had eight for the Pirates.

Fayetteville (3-13)

Luke Vass 4 2-2 12, Christian Mack 2 0-0 4, Hunter Rinehart 7 2-2 22, Gabe Mack 3 2-4 8, Trey Foster 1 0-0 2, Wyatt Rinehart 0 0-0 0, Caleb Dixon 0 0-0 0, T.J. Loeffler 1 0-0 2, Jeffery McKnight 0 0-2 0, Aaron Grimmett 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 6-8 50

Greenbrier West (12-2)

Chase Hagy 2 1-2 5, Noah Midkiff 8 2-2 18, Collin O'Dell 9 3-3 21, Shane Griffith 1 0-0 2, Riley O'Dell 6 0-0 12, Kaiden Pack 3 2-2 10, Cody Lewis 1 0-0 2, Chase McClung 1 2-2 4, Noah Brown 0 0-0 0, Peyton Brown 0 0-0 0, Chase Boggs 1 0-0 2. Totals: 32 10-11 76

F: 15 11 12 12 — 50

GW: 16 23 20 17 — 76

3-point goals: F: 8 (Vass 2, H. Rinehart 6); GW: 2 (Pack 2). Fouled out: None.

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