Radford pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat Surry County 68-53 in a state Group 1A semifinal at Salem Civic Center.
The Bobcats (27-2) earned the right to face Altavista at the Siegel Center in Richmond for the championship at 2 p.m. next Saturday. It will be one of the 12 VHSL title games held in VCU's arena from Thursday through Saturday -- two each afternoon, two each evening.
Nate Jones scored 20 points, Marcus Finley 17 and Isaiah Phillips 14 for Radford, which is seeking its fourth state title in six seasons.
Timothy Marsh scored 18 points for the Cougars (16-7), while Dontrae Lyttle and Justin Williams added 10 apiece.
In one of the most anticipated state semifinals in recent memory, Potomac held off Maury 62-59 at Old Dominion's Constant Center.
The Panthers went 1-for-2 on a late pair of trips to the free-throw line, sandwiched around a turnover by the Commodores.
Randall Haynes and Tariq Felder combined for 30 points and 17 rebounds for the Panthers, whose school is in Dumfries.
For Maury, Jaleel Ferguson had a game-high 19 points and six rebounds. Mike Basnight, whose last-ditch shot missed from half-court, had 13 points, and standout freshman point guard Matt Coleman had 11 points.
Potomac will play for the championship at 2 p.m. Friday against Henrico, which defeated Wakefield 63-55 in Robinson's gym. That meant the regional runners-up went 2-0 in the semis against regional champs.
Ryan Pearson hit all eight of his free throws en route to 23 points for Henrico, and De'Monte Buckingham had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Warriors, last year's Group AAA champions.
For Wakefield, 6-foot-4 Dominique Tham had 26 points and 17 rebounds.
Landstown edged W.T. Woodson 40-37 at Robinson to advance to the state championship game.
Brandon Pringle hit a crucial jumper with 31 seconds remaining for the Eagles.
When a 3-point try by the Cavaliers' Andy Stynchula had fallen short at the buzzer, the Eagles had earned a rematch against Colonial Forge, which beat them for the South Regional crown.
Landstown held Woodson to 10 points fewer than the Cavaliers' previous low.
Troy Locke had 19 points, six rebounds and three assists as Norcom defeated George Washington of Danville 68-53 at Old Dominion's Constant Center to earn a berth in the 4A championship game.
The Greyhounds will go to VCU's Siegel Center to take on Handley at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
The Judges, of Winchester, beat Glen Allen, a team making its first semifinal appearance, 64-51 at James Madison's Convocation Center to make a state title game for the first time since 1962.
Antonio Parker had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists for Norcom, while Travis Fields had 11 points, seven assists and seven steals in his first game back since injuring his hand.
It will be an all-Richmond final in the Siegel Center in 3A, and it will match schools that were in Group AAA until the VHSL reorganization for this school year.
With George Wythe already having advanced, John Marshall gained its spot by defeating Lord Botetourt 58-52 at Salem Civic Center.
The Justices, who led 49-35 and survived a late scare, overcame 25 points by Botetourt standout Justin Goode.
Lake Taylor scored the game's final nine points to defeat Loudoun County 42-37 at Old Dominion's Constant Center.
The Titans will play at Siegel Center at 6:30 p.m. Thursday against William Fleming of Roanoke, which defeated Wilson of Portsmouth 38-32 at Salem Civic Center.
Kyara Cooper sank a 3-pointer with 40 seconds left to give Lake Taylor a 40-37 lead, then made a steal to help wrap up the game.
Janayla White had 16 points, 17 rebounds and eight blocks as Princess Anne beat Mount Vernon 65-57 at ODU to advance to the championship game at noon Friday against Highland Springs.
Gadiva Hubbard added 22 points and 10 rebounds for PA's Cavaliers.
In the other semi, Highland Springs capitalized on its size advantage to defeat Edison 70-60 at Robinson's gym in Northern Virginia.
Briana Justice, playing despite incurring an injury in the South Region final, sank a 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer to give the Springers a 41-26 lead.
Highland Springs went ahead 10-2, and after Edison made a run, the Springers scored six unanswered points for a 24-15 margin. They led throughout the second half.
Indoor track and field:
Phoebus’ Carolyn Brown and Lafayette’s Derek Holdsworth each won events Saturday at the Virginia Meet of Champions at the Boo Williams Sportsplex.
Brown won the 55-meter hurdles in 8.34 seconds and Holdsworth won the 1,000 meters in 2 minutes, 28.09 seconds.
Three Peninsula relays were winners. Phoebus’ girls won the 800-meter relay and Warwick’s girls did the same in the 1,600 relay. Phoebus’ boys won the 800 relay.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun