It's not always how you start, but more importantly how you finish. That was certainly the case for future Mountaineer guard Daxter Miles on Saturday night.
Miles, who was held to just two points in the first half, exploded for 24 points in the second half including eight straight to finish the contest, leading his EIN National team to victory over his future teammate Jevon Carter and his Crossroads Chevrolet All-Star team, 108-105. The Baltimore, Md., native, finished the night with 26 points and added nine assists.
For Miles it was simply a matter of settling down and finding his rhythm.
"The second half I just told myself I know how to score," Miles said. "The first half I was trying to rush it. These rims are hard to shoot on. But once you knock like two down they're better. I just love big games and wanted to go out playing."
The duo spent the majority of the evening matched up against one another giving the estimated 500 fans in attendance a show.
"It was really good," Miles said about being opposed by Carter. We're good, though. We were talking at the hotel before we didn't know how each other was going to do. We said we'll just play ball. You play me and I'll play you. But as the game went on he didn't want to guard me toward the end because he saw me get hot."
Carter, from Maywood, Ill., had a strong night -- finishing with 21 points, five rebounds and four assists.
"The night was real fun, a great experience," Carter said. "Being out here in West Virginia and playing in front of these fans was great. It was just an overall great time. I tried to bring the best on the court for them. I really enjoyed myself."
Playing opposite of his future teammate, Carter shared the same sentiment as Miles.
"It was a lot of fun," Carter said. "It was cool getting to know him on and off the court. I definitely know coming in to WVU next year I'll have someone that will always compete with me."
Both guards are hoping to make an impact next season at West Virginia.
"I think it's a situation where we both can come in and compete," Miles said. "We both bring certain things to the table that should help us. I think I can really help score the basketball and Jevon can guard anyone. So I can't wait to share the floor with him and win games as a Mountaineer."
Miles plans to arrive at West Virginia on June 1, while Carter reports his expected arrival date of June 9.
BlueGoldNews.com will have more coverage from the event, including individual breakdowns on both players.