Area Boys’ Basketball Teams Heat Up The Courts
Magnolia 66, River 55
There was a total of 16 long bombs hit on Thursday between the Magnolia Blue Eagles and the River Pilots inside the MHS HammerDome. But, in the end, the Eagles’ size proved too much for the Pilots to handle as 6’6″ Blue Eagle standout Mark Winters scored 29 points, including four baskets from beyond the arch. He also pulled down 14 rebounds, dished off five assists, and blocked two Pilot shots.
The Pilots’ Brett Price gave his team an early 3-0 lead, but back-to-back two-balls from Winters plus a trifecta from Jayson Keller pushed the Eagles ahead 7-3. Cody Caldwell hit a two for the Pilots 7-5, whereupon the Eagles scored the next 10 points to go up 17-5. Just before the quarter ended, River’s Kameron Brown hit a triple just to make it 17-8, Blue Eagles.
To start the second frame, Pilot Jordan Indermuhle knocked in two free throws to cut the deficit to 17-10. But, Blue Eagle Zach Wilhoite quickly got buckets on back-to-back trips down the floor to make the score 21-10. The Pilots then scored nine out of the next 11 points to cut the deficit four points at 23-19. After another Blue Eagle deuce by Wilhoite, the Pilots’ Matt Marconi hit a threeball and followed that up with a free throw.
Keller then buried another triple to make the score 29-22 in favor of the Blue. Price hit a triple for the Pilots, but Winters ended the scoring in the first half with a twoball to give the Blue Eagles a 31-25 lead.
The Pilots got six of the first eight points of the third quarter to cut Magnolia’s lead to 33-31. That is when Dave Tallman’s Blue Eagles took over, scoring 21 out of the next 23 points to take a commanding 54-33 lead. In that big run, the Eagles hit four three-pointers. The Pilots, however, got a threeball from Caldwell and a deuce from Price to make the score 54-38, Eagles, after three.
A Keller free throw for the Eagles was sandwiched between an Indermuhle two and a Caldwell trifecta early in the fourth. After Winters sank a shot, the score was 57-43 in favor of the home team. The Pilots whittled Magnolia’s lead down to six points with eight straight points which were ignited by a triple by Chad Isaly, making the score 57-51, Eagles, just past mid-way of the fourth. But, the Eagles quickly put a stop to the run as they scored nine of the game’s last 13 points to get the win and improve their record to 3-0.
The Pilots were led in scoring by Indermuhle who had 17 points. Price added 14 markers, including a pair of triples, while Caldwell added 12 markers that also included a pair of three-balls. Others that got into the scoring for River were Isaly and Marconi with six each and Kameron Brown with three points.
For the Eagles, Winters had 29 points and pulled down 14 boards for a double-double. Wilhoite, tallied 12 points, including four baskets from three point range, while Keller had eight points, distributed five assists and had five steals. Tanner Hanna dropped in seven points, including one triple, while making a trio of steals. Hunter Campbell claimed six points and pulled down seven boards, while Nick Blatt sank four.
The Eagles junior varsity game was won by Magnolia by the score of 50-24. MHS Dylan Fruner netted a game-high 14-points and Evan Heslep followed wit 11 markers.
Clay-Battelle used a 25-7 run in the second period to pull ahead and held on for a 70-54 victory over the Valley Lumberjacks Dec. 20 in Pine Grove.
Brady Nolan was the top scorer for the ‘Jacks with 18 points that included six three-point baskets, while VHS freshman Jack Wells netted nine points. Hunter Ring also hit double figures with 10 points, including one from downtown. In addition, Clay Ueltschy was held to a season-low six points, while Tristen Kocher and Drew Wade each contributed four points. Troy Hubbard added a deuce, while Dylan Edgell swished a free throw for the slumping Lumberjacks.
The ‘Jacks will look to get back on track Friday against Paden City in the friendly confines of Valley High School, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Paden City 77,
The Hornets’ Rusty Morris scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed a dozen rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as Paden City freshmen Zach Heasley and Kennedy Cain evenly split 34 points in a 77-40 victory Dec. 20 inside a packed Bob Burton Gymnasium.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 18-12 lead and took a 38-21 lead by the break. In the second half, Paden City went on a 39-19 run to gain the hard fought Wetzel County match-up.
Heasley knocked in a pair of three point baskets, while Cain swished the cords once from long range to go along with their team-high 17 points. Geoffrey Bidwell followed with 12 points and grabbed six boards, while teammate Jamie Billiter added nine points, including one triple. He finished the night with seven rebounds and had four steals.
In addition, Drew Bidwell tallied six points and made six steals, while Brandon Cross tacked on six points, and Kane Pyles tallied five markers.
Besides Morris’ 18 points and 18 rebounds, Mitch Moore netted seven points, including one basket from beyond the arch. Kirk Shriver swished a two and a three ball for five points, while Nick Phillips contributed two baskets. In addition, Levi Simpson, Chris Varner, and Thomas Preston each contributed a deuce.
Up next for the Hornets is West Greene at home today at 7:30 p.m., while the ‘Cats will travel to Pine Grove Friday at 7:30 p.m. to face the Lumberjacks of Valley High School.