As he has done numerous times this season, however, Eddy brought his team back from the brink, and with the help of senior forward Austin Breeden not only kept the game from being a Riverside runaway, but made it a contest as the Warriors inched closer to the upset.
Eddy had 14 of his team-high 23 points in the second half, and Breeden -- who finished with 15 points and seven rebounds -- tied the game at 51-51 with 3:49 left in the fourth quarter when he hit a lay-in off a feed from Eddy.
Riverside, who turned the ball over just four times in the first half, committed five turnovers in the third quarter to facilitate the GW comeback.
"I told them that I didn't care if I had to have to call a play all night," Metten said. "If we could just run them and take care of the ball we'd be fine."
Riverside settled down again down the stretch, looking little like a team that had lost nearly two-thirds of its regular-season games. Sophomore guard Tamar Lawson hit a 3-pointer just after Breeden's tying bucket, and the Warriors never led by fewer than three points the rest of the way.
"They hit shots and they played well. I thought that when we caught them and maybe had them on the ropes, but you know, I just didn't have the kids as prepared as I thought I had them," GW coach Rick Greene said. "It's nothing on our kids, I thought our kids played really hard. They did all they could do."
George Washington's streak of three consecutive State Tournament appearances and two straight Class AAA state championship game appearances came to an end with the loss.
Coincidentally, defending state champion Hedgesville was also eliminated Wednesday night in a 58-54 loss to Washington in a Region 2, Section 1 semifinal.
Cameron Hoston had 11 points and 12 rebounds for GW in the loss.
Riverside, which plays at South Charleston (21-2) on Friday night in the Region 3, Section 1 championship, also got double-digit scoring from Nick Light. He finished with a double-double of his own, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
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