SANDY HOOK--As a manager, player or coach, Derek Cooksey has been a part of all of Fairview’s five previous Touchstone Energy Boys 16th Region All “A” championships.
Cooksey and the Eagles added No. 6 Friday, a 72-59 triumph over Elliott County on the Lions’ floor.
“It’s always been a big part of my life, so this is a big accomplishment,” Cooksey said.
The Eagles won the All “A” for the first time since 2006. They took home their newest trophy thanks to seniors Brent Jackson and Michael Terry. They scored 23 and 22 points, respectively.
“Me and (Terry) are always together,” Jackson said.
Jackson’s points included five 3-pointers. A teammate dubbed him “Stojakovic” in honor of the New Orleans Hornets star Peja Stojakovic.
“I’ve always been able to shoot a little bit,” Jackson said. “The coaches helped me fix it.”
Elliott County junior Timmy Knipp did all he could. He scored 34 points — including 27 in the second half — and he tallied the Lions’ last 16 points.
“I just didn’t want to disappoint my team with a loss,” Knipp said. “I just tried to carry them at the end.”
Friday was also supposed to be a big-man battle between Terry and Knipp. Terry won the first quarter scrimmage — he scored six points to Knipp’s one — and the Eagles took a 14-11 lead.
Cooksey wanted his defense to keep Knipp off balance, and he alternated with size and quickness. Sometimes the 6-foot-6 Terry guarded Knipp, other times the job went to 6-2 Caleb Collins.
“You’re not going to stop (Knipp),” Cooksey said. “He’s probably one of the best scorers the last 20 or 30 years in this region.”
Elliot County’s first half troubles were just beginning — the Lions were scoreless the final 2:22 of the first quarter.
Then there was Jackson. He scored eight of Fairview’s last nine second quarter points.
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