Mark "Special K" Winters pumped in a season-high 39 points to key a 69-63 win over Dayton, Ohio's Chaminade Julienne Dec. 28 in the Jack Stephens Memorial Holiday Tournament at Parkersburg. It was the Blue Eagles' sixth win of the season in as many outings.
Chaminade scored the game's first three points, but that was all she wrote, as the Big Blue would take a 19-8 advantage after one period of play. A dozen of those points came from Winters.
The Blue Eagle lead increased to as many as 17 points in the second period before Chaminade ran off six straight points to narrow the gap a tad. However, the Eagles' Preston Boswell swished a pair of charity tosses right before the half to push Magnolia on top 35-22 at the break.
In the third period, the Eagles' dominance continued with their advantage climbing all the way to 19 points, only to have Chaminade go on a 10-0 run to cut its deficit with one quarter left to play in regulation.
The Dayton team scratched and clawed to get to within five markers, before Winters came through big time. He would tickle the twine four straight times, putting the Big Blue on top 57-48 with about five minutes to play.
However, Chaminade whittled the lead back down to four points before Boswell iced the game by draining 4-6 freebies.
Winters' 39 points included four baskets from long range, while Boswell contributed 14 points that included two triples. He also connected on 8-10 from the charity stripe. Zach Willhoite also pumped in 14 points, while Mike Winters finished the Blue Eagle scoring with a deuce.
Chaminade won the junior varsity game 56-35, as Mitch Winters paced the Eagles with 11 markers. Spencer Campbell and Dylan Shimp each netted eight points.
In addition, Kyle Ritz tallied four markers, while Aaron Cabral and Kevin Taylor each scored a deuce.
Magnolia's next outing will be with the River Pilots Jan. 5 at the Eagles' home court. The JV boys' tip is set for 6 p.m. with the varsity game starting about 7:30 p.m.
Magnolia 95, Tyler 50
The Magnolia Blue Eagles scored 20 or more points in every quarter to pound Tyler Consolidated 95-50 in Magnolia's home-opener Dec. 27 inside the MHS HammerDome.
Zach Willhoite put back a Mark Winters miss for the game's first bucket, while Stephen Rogalski and Preston Boswell would whip up the game's next 10 points to grab a 15-0 lead. During this time, the Knights would use three time outs before Winters swished a deuce and drained a pair of freebies.
In the first, Winters would score four deuces, including a jam, while netting a triple and a pair of free throws for 13 of the team's 28 points. Rogalski also netted a pair of deuces and a triple, while Boswell swished a bomb, a deuce, and a charity toss to give the hosts a comfortable 28-8 advantage after eight minutes of play.
With most of the starters on the bench in the second period, the Eagles would extend its advantage to 53-19 at the break. Winters was again the top scorer for the Blue with five baskets, while Boswell drained a pair of two pointers, a threeball, and two charity tosses to lead Magnolia. Also in the period Rogalski, Spencer Campbell, and Kyle Ritz each made a basket.
In the third frame, Winters and Garrett Emch each sank three baskets, while Willhoite netted a pair of deuces. Rogalski would connect from downtown, while Ritz netted another deuce for Magnolia. The Knights would score 16 points in the period, led by Scott Sole's nine markers.
The final stanza was a little of the same, as the Big Blue would tally 21 points with Winters leading the way with seven markers. Campbell tossed in six points, Dylan Shimp scored four points and Willhoite drained a threeball.
Eight different Blue Eagles scored with Winters leading the way with a game-high 32 points that included a pair of baskets from beyond the arc. Boswell sank another 15 points that also included a pair of bonus bombs. Rogalski contributed a dozen points, including a pair of missiles from long range. In addition, Willhoite netted nine points that included a three ball, while Campbell and Emch came off the bench to net eight and seven points, respectively. Ritz and Shimp each tallied a pair of baskets.
For the Silver Knights, Dylan Romine tallied 20 markers, while Sole contributed a dozen.