CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Would the performance make a sound if Carrington Morris exploded for 27 points and 14 rebounds in a sectional boys basketball game but no one was there to see it?
That essentially transpired Monday at Capital High School, as the junior guard led the Cougars to a 75-50 win over Ripley in the first round of the Class AAA Region 3, Section 1 tournament and avenging a three-point home loss to the Vikings that took place little more than three weeks ago.
Less than 75 people attended the game, which saw Capital (9-14) open just one section of bleachers on the home side of the court and buckets bring about the equivalent responses of well-made putts on a golf course.
When given the opportunity to remark on his team's ability to drastically turn around a result against the same opponent in less than a month and the lack of fan support Capital Coach Carl Clark summed it up in two words.
"No comment," Clark said.
When pressed, Clark repeated himself.
Morris did plenty of talking through the course of the game, helping Capital break a 16-16 tie at the end of the first quarter to take a 37-24 lead by halftime. The Vikings made five of their first 10 attempts from 3-point range, but could not sustain Capital's ability to get to the rim and keep Ripley (7-16) off the boards.
Capital had a 23-14 edge in rebounding by halftime, and finished with a plus-22 margin off the glass (47-25).
"It's just something that's been instinctive," Morris said of his ability to get to the rim with the basketball and to follow missed shots.