CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In a game that could define the Capital High School boys basketball team for the remainder of the 2013-14 season, the Cougars won thanks to teamwork and the efforts of their bona fide star.
Senior Carrington Morris hit a pair of free throws with 2 seconds remaining in overtime on Thursday night to give Capital a 72-71 victory, the first time coach Carl Clark's team has beaten the Black Eagles (4-1) since 2009-10.
"Just a routine, just like every free throw," said Morris, who was 3-for-6 from the line when he stepped up in the extra period.
Morris had 23 points, five assists, five steals and a blocked shot against a defense designed to contain him.
In the meantime, teammate Jordan Kinney became more aggressive offensively, hitting seven of his 14 shots. Bryce Goldsmith had 11 points and seven rebounds and Tyrell Davis contributed with 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and a sterling defensive effort against South Charleston's Brandon Knapper.
Capital improves to 4-0 with road wins against George Washington and Hurricane and a home victory against the Black Eagles.
"I don't think there are any selfish players out there," said Clark, who won the 2000 and 2001 Class AAA state titles. "Everybody wants to win. In order to win they know they have to share the ball and play their roles. Right now we're having kids who are playing their roles and not worried about points."
Capital had 16 assists on 27 baskets and came back from a 61-54 deficit with 3:03 left in regulation and a chance to win. However, a long 3-pointer by Morris was off the mark just before the end of regulation.
The Black Eagles scored six of the overtime's first eight points, but a Morris 3-pointer - just his second of the game - cut the lead to one. A Davis bucket cut the lead to one.
The ball went into Morris' hands in the waning moments of overtime and while his jumper from the foul line was off the mark, he was fouled.