Eagles Beat Central; Lose To Ryken
Wheeling Central 43, Magnolia 43
Magnolia exploded on a 14-0 run that carried over over into the fourth quarter, en route to a hard-fought 60-43 victory over Wheeling Central Jan. 18 inside the MHS HammerDome on the Eagles’ Senior Night.
As is the custom on senior night in boys’ basketball with Dave Tallman at the helm, all five seniors started and played significant time in the opening period. The Maroon Knights opened the game with a deuce, but that would be their only lead of the night, as Magnolia took a 13-7 lead after the first period of play.
The Eagles Mark “Special K” Winters scored 15 of his game-high 20 points in the first half that helped give the Eagles a 28-20 halftime advantage.
Midway into the third period, the Blue Eagle offense caught fire with Nick Blatt starting the run with a put back and swatting away one of his four blocked shots that led to an easy bucket by Jayson Keller. Zach Wilhoite added a putback, while Blatt tallied a deuce to get the Eagles’ motor running in second gear. Hunter Campbell pick-pocketed a Maroon Knight and went uncontested on an easy deuce, right before the third quarter buzzer, to give Magnolia a 45-28 lead heading into the final stanza.
Campbell nailed two more shots to open the fourth before Central broke the dry spell with a nice deuce. However, Drew Keller swished the cords from beyond the arc to give the home team its largest lead of the game at 52-30.
Winters – coming off his 34-point night against Monroe Central two nights before when he tallied his 1,000th point – finished with a game-high 20 points, including a pair of threeballs and pulled down eight boards. Campbell just missed a double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds, while Wilhoite and Blatt each netted six markers.
In addition, Stephen Rogalski swished a deuce and a three pointer, while Jayson Keller sank a pair of deuces. Drew Keller, Tyler Myers, and Evan Heslep each tickled the twine from beyond the arc.
The remainder of the Blue Eagle schedule is on the road, except for a Region One Challenge matchup against Ravenswood on Jan. 28 and an OVAC game against a top four Class-AAA opponent in February.
St. Mary Ryken 65, Magnolia 50
The Magnolia Blue Eagles fell to St Mary Ryken, Maryland, 65-50 at Morgantown’s University High School Jan. 21, in a matchup between teams coached by Tallmans, Dave of MHS and David of St. Mary.
Ryken raced out to a 19-9 first-quarter lead and never looked back in handing the Eagles their second loss of the season. Mark Winters tallied a team-high 26 points and pulled down five rebounds, while blocking a Ryken shot. Nick Blatt tallied eight points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Hunter Campbell contributed six points. Zach Wilhoite netted a threeball and a charity toss, while Steven Rogalski, Jayson and Drew Keller each netted a deuce, while each dished out five assists.
The Eagles will host Ravenswood in the Region I Class-AA Basketball Challenge at 7 p.m. It will be the last year for this challenge as the Eagles will move to Cass-A next season.