Hinson led the league in scoring and rebounding and helped the Golden Tornadoes capture their third consecutive Three Rivers regular season championship. Hinson’s 3-pointer at the buzzer of Fairmont’s East Regional semifinal win over Northside brought the Golden Tornadoes won the game, overcoming a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
Baker tinkered with his lineup during a two-month stretch without top returner Charlton Townsend, made things work with talent coming off the bench and ultimately guided Fairmont to the 2A East Regional final, overcoming a pair of double digit deficits in the second half to win playoff games.
“Our senior really led our team this season, one of the best we’ve had here at Fairmont,” Baker said. “Our players bought into what we were trying to do and really pushed themselves to get better every game.”
Joining Hinson on the all-conference first team was Fairmont guards Shemar Barfield and Jackie Oxendine. Deion Gilchrist and Malik Livingston, members of the second-place St. Pauls Bulldogs, were also voted on the squad by the league’s six head coaches.
Quinn Lowery was Red Springs’ lone first-teamer and Michael Smith, from South Robeson, rounded out the Robeson County selections.
Three Rivers All-Conference
Coach of the Year: Michael Baker, Fairmont
Player of the Year: Kwinton Hinson, Fairmont
First Team: Kwinton Hinson, Fairmont; Shemar Barfield, Fairmont; Jackie Oxendine, Fairmont; Deion Gilchrist, St. Pauls; Malik Livingston, St. Pauls; Elijah Graham, East Columbus; Marquise King, East Coumbus; Quinn Lowery, Red Springs; Michael Smith, South Robeson.
Second Team: Luke Hunt, Fairmont; Jarrod Neal, Fairmont; JaQuan McRae, Fairmont; Kane Banner, St. Pauls; Jacquell Johnson, St. Pauls; Ronald Ratliff, East Columbus; Derreck Young, East Columbus; Ty McLean, Red Springs; Reggie Scippio, South Robeson