Area Boys’ Basketball Action Heats Up The Courts
Rusty Morris tallied a total of 41 points and pulled down 22 rebounds in a pair of losses to Jefferson-Morgan and Morgantown Trinity last week.
Against Jefferson-Morgan, Morris netted 17 points, including a triple, while hauling in five rebounds. But, it wasn’t enough, as Jefferson-Morgan turned a close game into a rout, scoring 52 points in the second half, while holding the Hornets to 33 markers to gain the nod.
Mitch Moore followed Morris with 13 points, while Nick Phillips tacked on a dozen markers, including a basket from well beyond the arch. He also hauled in nine boards.
In addition, Chris Varner and Kirk Shriver each scored once from beyond the arch and just inside the arch for five tallies, while Greg Stewart and Josh King came off the bench to record four and two points, respectively. Stewart also recorded eight rebounds, while Moore and Shriver made a couple steals each.
In the junior varsity matchup, the Hornets fell behind early and couldn’t recover as Jefferson-Morgan took the sweep, beating Hundred, 51-28.
Levi Simpson tallied a team-high 10 points, while King netted six points. In addition, Mhar Olayan netted four markers and Logan Kuhn, Courtland Armstrong, Ethan Umstead, and Levi Morris each tallied a bucket. “We have to slow down and play under control,” said HHS Assistant Coach Brian Bartlett. “We are young and still are trying to adjust to this level of competition.”
In the loss to Trinity Jan. 5, Morris netted a team-high 24 points and a game-high 17 rebounds, but the state-ranked Trinity Warriors won going away, 95-46, inside the Hornets’ Nest.
Phillips followed with nine points, including one basket from beyond the arch, while Morris netted three baskets. In addition, Shriver nailed a couple of baskets, while Varner and Stewart each tallied a deuce.
The Hundred Hornets raced out to a 32-9 advantage after the first eight minutes of play and went on to defeat East Richland 71-35 Jan. 7 inside the Hornets’ Nest.
Rusty Morris drilled a game-high 20 points to pace the Hundred offense, while Kirk Shriver, Chris Varner, and Nick Phillips teamed for 33 points. Courtney Armstrong added five points, while Mitch Moore and Greg Stewart each recorded two baskets.
Morris and Shriver evenly split 14 rebounds, while Shriver and Varner split six steals. The Hornets shot well over 50 percent from the floor.
Magnolia Blue Eagles
The top OVAC-Ranked Class-AAA Blue Eagles overcame a 23-15 halftime deficit and used a 23-14 run in the second half to squeak out a 38-37 controversial thriller against Weir at Magnolia Jan.6.
After falling behind early in the contest, the Eagles’ Tanner Hanna knocked in a deuce early in the second period, before the guests netted the game’s next 10 of 12 points for a 19-12 advantage.
Blue Eagles Hunter Campbell and Nick Blatt each netted a free throw and a deuce before the Riders tallied the next two baskets to take a 23-15 lead with them into the locker room.
The two teams traded buckets to open the second half, but that’s when Magnolia’s Mark “Special K” Winters went to work, scoring five straight points to pull to within a deuce. However, the Riders scored seven of the next nine points to increase its lead to 32-24. But, the Eagles’ Jayson and Drew Keller each connected on a threeball, to make it 32-30.
Winters tallied the first four points in the fourth and Campbell added a deuce to give the hosts a 36-32 advantage. But the Riders quickly answered with a triple. Campbell swished a deuce, but Weir answered with a pair of charity tosses to snuggle in at 38-37, Magnolia.
After a Winters miss with 7.3 seconds left in regulation, the Riders threw up an errant shot at the buzzer, allowing Magnolia to escape with the win.
Winters led all scorers with 17 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double. He also batted away two Rider shots and made a steal.Blatt followed with eight points, eight rebounds, three steals, and three blocked shots.
In addition, Campbell netted five points, while each of the Brothers Keller drilled a basket from beyond the arch and Hanna swished a deuce.
Magnolia didn’t shoot well, making 17-47 from the paint and going only 2-20 from beyond the arch. They were just as cold from the charity line, connecting on only 2-10 shots.
Paden City Wildcats
Twice Bellaire St. John came from the brink of defeat to claim its first victory of the season, defeating Paden City, 53-52 in overtime, Jan. 7 in Bellaire.
The Wildcats led the game throughout and had a four-point lead nearing the end of regulation, but a bad Wildcat pass and missed free throw, turned to four Irish points, sent the game into overtime.
In overtime, the Wildcats also held a four-point lead late in OT, but another missed shot and another bad pass, turned into five Irish points, including a game-winning triple at the buzzer.
Kennedy Cain and Zach Heasley led the ‘Cats with 22 and 11 points, respectively, while Craig Allen, Drew Bidwell, and Jamie Billiter scored six, five, and four points, respectively. Brandon Cross and Kane Pyles each tacked on a deuce.
Cain, also added a game-high five steals and hauled in eight boards, while Heasley grabbed six rebounds. Pyles and Allen each hauled in four boards off the glass, while Allen, Cross, Billiter, and Heasley all recorded at least two steals.
After a game with Bishop Donahue on Tuesday night, Paden City will visit Beallsville on Friday and will try to avenge its buzzer-beater defeat with St. John Saturday afternoon.
The River Pilots used a 20-7 run in the first quarter and would hold on for a 58-51 victory over OVAC Class-AAA power Shenandoah Jan.6 inside R. L. Potts Gymnasium.
Brett Price and Jordan Indermuhle teamed for 31 points, while Chad Isaly tacked on 13 points, including three baskets from beyond the arch to lead the top OVAC-ranked Class-AA Pilots.
Matt Marconi and Cody Caldwell each nailed a basket from inside and beyond the arch, while Evan Eggleston netted a deuce.
The Pilots were scheduled to play Bridgeport yesterday after press time Tuesday and will look beat Shadyside Friday at 6 p.m. inside R. L. Potts Gymnasium.
The Valley Lumberjacks fell to Beallsville, 85-52, on Jan. 3; 101-51 to Bishop Donahue on Jan. 6; and finished the week with a 87-61 victory over Harman Jan.7.
Against Beallsville, Clay Ueltschy paced the ‘Jacks with 14 markers, while Tristen Kocher netted 10 points, including one basket from beyond the arch. Drew Wade followed with nine tallies, including one from long range, while Brady Nolan drilled two from beyond the arch and tickled the twine from inside the arch for eight points. In addition, Hunter Ring netted seven points, while Tyler Hayes netted a pair of deuces.
In the 101-51 loss to Bishop Donahue, Ueltschy netted a game-high 23 points, while Kocher netted 10 markers to lead the ‘Jacks’ offense. Wade poured in nine tallies, while Nolan tacked on eight points, including a pair of three-point baskets. In addition, Ring rang the bell with seven tallies, while Hayes ended the Lumberjack scoring with a pair of two pointers.
In the 87-61 victory over Harman on Jan. 7, Kocher was on fire for the ‘Jacks, scoring a season-high 26 points, including two three-pointers. He also swiped two Harman passes. Jack Wells recorded a double-double with 12 markers and 12 rebounds, while Ueltschy followed with 11 points and grabbed six boards. He also had a game-high six assists and made two steals in an all-around good game.
Nolan swished three baskets from beyond the arch and tallied a freebie for 10 points, while Ring and Wade teamed for 15 points and eight assists. Troy Hubbard came off the bench to net six points, while Dylan Edgell tacked on three markers. Tanner Smith and Jordan Anderson each tallied a deuce and Tyler Hayes contributed a free throw.
As a team, the Lumberjacks recorded 15 steals and a season-high 14 assists.
The Lumberjacks will travel to Clay-Battelle on Friday before hosting county rival Hundred on Jan. 17 at 6 p.m.
Magnolia — River
Two MHS players – Mark Winters and Hunter Campbell – each recorded a double-double en route to a 54-35 victory over the River Pilots, Jan. 7 at R. L. Potts Gymnasium on Coaches Against Cancer night.
The Eagles led 11-9 after one quarter of play and took a comfortable 29-15 lead with them into the locker room. Magnolia outscored the Pilots 14-9 in the third, and the Pilots and the Eagles both tallied 11 points in the fourth.
Campbell sank a game-high 20 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, while Winters knocked down 10 points and grabbed 15 boards to pace the Blue Eagles. Nick Blatt had a quiet eight points, six rebounds, four assists, and two blocks. Zach Wilhoite, suffering from flu-like systems, tallied a three-point bucket, while Jayson and Drew Keller each converted one from three point range.
For the Pilots, Cody Caldwell led the way offensively with 11 points, including two from beyond the arch, while Brett Price tacked on nine points, including one from long range. In addition, Jordan Indermuhle netted six points, Chad Isaly recorded five points, and Evan Eggleston and Ryan Rudolph each totaled a deuce.
The Eagles will take part of the annual Tyler Consolidated Holiday Tournament Jan. 13-14, while the Pilots look to rebound against Bridgeport Jan. 10 and then take on the Shadyside Tigers Friday at R. L. Potts Gymnasium.