Then Hurricane High took the court against Beckley.
Buffalo lost 61-48, but Bison fans hung around to cheer for Hurricane.
"We're here to support them also, to support our fellow community," said Buffalo sophomore Destiny Huttenstine.
Hurricane was making its first ever appearance in the state tournament, which was celebrating its 100th year. The Redskins lost 63-54 to Beckley, although the game was very close throughout.
Hurricane resident Lisa Fawcett was attending the game with daughters Lindsay Jones, a sophomore, and Hayden Jones, a Hurricane graduate who is now a student at the University of North Carolina.
"She's on spring break from college," Fawcett said of Hayden. "She's glad this happened."
Even Sheriff Steve Deweese managed to make it to the tournament. He's a Poca High School graduate and lives in Scott Depot.
"That's why I wore my neutral colors," Deweese joked, acknowledging that he was actually wearing his sheriff's uniform.
"I'm just talking to people, seeing everyone around and reminiscing about the good old days."
The Hurricane fan section was filled with active fans.
On a radio broadcast, MetroNews broadcaster Fred Persinger made note of it.
"Win or lose, the town of Hurricane can be very proud of the backing they've had at the Charleston Civic Center," Persinger said on the statewide broadcast.***
Being a senior means great responsibility.
It also means front row seats at the state boys basketball tournament.
"We got here first," Charleston Catholic Senior Jessica Miller said proudly from her position at the front of the student section during the opening session of the tournament.
"We ran," added her friend, senior Sarah Simonton.
Charleston Catholic is the only high school in the state within walking distance of the Charleston Civic Center, and its students take advantage of that.
Students again walked to the tournament from the school, as the student body does every time the Irish compete there.
From the front row, the seniors led the rest of the green-clad section in chants and cheers.
"It's our year," said senior Jack Crockett. "It's always the seniors' job to get everyone involved."
Particularly active was senior Drew Cable, who said he had been voted class clown. He had nearly lost his voice before the start of the third quarter against Buffalo, which Charleston Catholic won, 61-48.
"Check it out," Cable said, flexing his bicep. "I got the guns, the vocals -- and I got the moves, too. I'm probably the loudest one in the school."
Looking for a twist on classic arena fare?
The Civic Center features a "Build Your Own Hotdog" stand.
Step 1. Choose your bun: You can select between grilled or plain sliced.
Step 2. Pick your frank: Beef hot dog, Polish sausage, Italian sausage or turkey dog.
Step 3. Choose your toppings: chili sauce, cheddar cheese sauce, sauteed peppers & onions, warm kraut, pizza sauce, bacon strips, tri-colored tortilla chips.
Step 4. Choose your condiments: jalapenos, sweet relish, sour cream, chopped onions, shredded lettuce, tomato, olives, salsa, coleslaw, shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese.
Step 5. Enjoy.