Magnolia Gets By Tyler, 87-67
Tyler Consolidated’s Corey Lowe scored a game-high 36 points, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Magnolia Blue Eagles from getting win number four Dec. 27 with a convincing 87-67 victory over the Silver Knights. Ten Blue Eagles scored inside the warm and cozy HammerDome.
After one period of play, the Blue Eagles took a one-point advantage, led by sophomore Mark Winters with nine markers, while Lowe netted a dozen for the Silver Knights.
In the second period, Eagle point guard Matt Sapp started to warm up, tallying 11 points, including a trio of three point buckets, to push the MHS lead into double digits, 46-31 at the break.
During the break, Magnolia introduced all four of its state championship basketball teams beginning in 1961 with the boys’ first championship team. Other boys’ champion teams recognized were from 2000 and 2003 and the 2005 girls’ state championship team. Many of the 1961 players attended.
In the second half, the Knights’ Lowe scored 13 of his team’s 22 points to narrow the gap to 65-53, but Sapp kept the Eagles on top, scoring 11 points with eight minutes remaining.
Ten of the 11 Magnolia players who dressed tallied points, with Nick Blatt leading the charge with six points. Lowe hit four markers for Tyler, but the Eagles outscored the Silver Knights, 22-14, in the final frame.
Sapp paced the Eagles with a team-high 29 points, including five baskets from beyond the arch. He also added five assists and five rebounds, while Blatt added 15 markers. Winters added a dozen for Magnolia and grabbed nine boards, while Jayson Keller contributed seven points.
The rest of the Blue Eagle scoring came from Stephen Rogalski, two buckets from long rage, while Jordan Moore netted five points, including one from downtown. He also pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds. Hunter Campbell and Zack Wilhoite each followed with four points, while Kyle Anderson added three markers and Mike Winters two points.
For the Knights, Lowe had 36 points, including one from beyond the arch, while Jared Knowlton added 14 points to lead Tyler Consolidated.
In the junior varsity game, Zach Wilhoite tallied 20 points to lead Magnolia to victory.
Magnolia will play in the Jack Stephens Memorial Holiday Tournament Dec. 29 at Parkersburg High School with the junior varsity game set for 2 p.m. against Westerville North. The varsity squads will face off at 5:30 p.m.
The Blue Eagle JV squad will play on Dec. 30 at 2:30 p.m. If they lose, they will play Dec. 30. If the varsity team loses, it will also play Dec. 30 at 5:30 p.m. If the varsity wins, they will play in the championship game at 7:15 p.m.