Whether it was due to teams attacking the bucket in front of the opposing student sections, the non-scoreboard time-of-day clock that is positioned behind the basket high on the wall or other factors, teams shooting at the east end of the floor made 405-of-1,076 field goal attempts in 21 games (37.6 percent).
Meanwhile, teams shooting in front of their home student sections and without additional electronic wall decorations behind the bucket shot 41.8 percent, making 408-of-975 attempts.
Higher-seeded teams fared better when shooting with the clock in the background. At no time was this more apparent than in Saturday's finals, when favored teams shot 44.8 percent with the clock and lower-seeded teams made just 31.3 percent of their attempts on the clock end.
Throughout the tournament, however, the margin between home teams and visitors was little more than two percent. Favorites shot 38.6 percent against the clock and underdogs shot 36.4 percent.
However, shooting in front of their home crowds provided a bigger bonus to favorites. They made 45.5 percent of their shots against a friendly backdrop while visitors shot 38.3 percent.
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THERE WERE 108 double-digit scoring performances by individuals in the tournament's 21 games. On just 15 occasions did a player score more than 20 points in a game.
The high-point game of the tournament came in the first round of the Class AA tournament on Thursday, when Bridgeport senior guard Jordan Haywood was 9-of-17 from the floor and 10-of-10 from the foul line in scoring 28 points.
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MARTINSBURG'S WIN continued the stranglehold on major sport championships possessed by Eastern Panhandle Class AAA schools.
Schools in Berkeley and Jefferson counties have won nine of the last 14 state championships in football, boys basketball and baseball. Of those, seven belong to Martinsburg. The Bulldogs have claimed in titles in all three major sports since 2009.
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