Blue Eagles Take Down Knights And Bishops
Bishop Donahue 63
Magnolia’s Spencer Campbell, Preston Boswell and Derrick Blain each was awarded all-tournament honors after defeating previously unbeaten Wheeling Central 74-63 and Bishop Donahue 75-64 in this year’s Undo’s Basketball Tournament Dec. 26-27 inside the Wheeling Jesuit University Gymnasium.
Campbell scored 11 of the Blue Eagles’ first 20 points to allow them race out to a 20-15 lead after one period of play. Campbell swished a jumper to push Magnolia on top by nine early in the second period, but Bishop Donahue’s quickness led to some easy Donahue baskets to pull to within 26-23.
However, some outstanding passing led to some easy baskets for the Eagles and pushed them ahead by seven points late in the second period. Donahue closed the gap a bit and would knot the game up at 32 before Blain drained a threeball at the buzzer to give Magnolia a 35-32 lead at the break.
After a Campbell triple early in the third period, Donahue went on a run and led 50-48 with one period remaining. Donahue would take as much as a eight-point lead, but the Dave Tallman led Blue Eagles stayed the course and retook the lead midway through the final period.
Campbell knocked in four buckets in the quarter, while Boswell netted 13 points, including 9-11 charity tosses. Tyler Williamson came off the bench and sparked a Magnolia offensive and defensive come back in the third and fourth periods, while Blain drained a basket from beyond the arc and a free throw in the final period.
Campbell led all scorers with 28 points that included a pair of long-range bonus bombs, while Boswell netted a quiet 25 points and went 11-15 from the stripe. Blain tacked on a dozen markers, including three triples, while Williamson and Kyle Ritz each sank a pair of deuces and Mitch Winters a bucket.
Bishop Donahue was led by Brett Moore with 19 points, while Josh Miller provided 15 points and Jesse Padlow 14 points.
Wheeling Central 63
The Blue Eagle dynamic duo of Campbell and Boswell accounted for 48 points, including five threeballs, to pace a Magnolia 74-63 come-from-behind victory over Wheeling Central in the night cap of the Undo’s Tournament Dec. 26.
With Magnolia holding a 19-16 advantage early in the second period, Boswell got himself into a little bit of foul trouble and sat the remainder of the period. Central would take advantage and held a 35-28 advantage at the break.
The Maroon Knight lead would reach as many as eight points early on until Boswell drained a bomb to knot the game at 42. Central would make a mini run and led by six before Boswell vanned another triple and a free throw to cut the deficit to 51-48 with one quarter remaining.
Magnolia tied it up at 53-53 on a long-range bucket from Campbell that ignited a 12-0 Blue Eagle run with five different Blue Eagles scoring to give Magnolia a 63-48 lead.
The Knights chipped away at Magnolia’s lead and cut it down to five, but Magnolia cashed in on 11-12 free throws down the stretch to pull away for good.
Ritz contributed a season-high 18 markers, while Winters netted a pair of baskets. Blain and Tyler Anderson each tacked on a deuce
Monroe Central 92,
After opening the season with a 93-55 victory over Linsly, the Blue Eagles found themselves on the other end of the scoreboard 10 days later, losing 92-66 to Monroe Central in Woodsfield.
Boswell led the way offensively for the Eagles with 22, while Mitch Winters tallied 18 and Campbell sent in 11 points. Blain tallied eight markers, including a pair of long-range baskets, while Ritz added four and Anderson added three points.
The Eagles will host the River Pilots Jan. 3 with a 6 p.m. jv start.