Magnolia Wins Undo’s Tournament
In a much-anticipated matchup between last year’s state champion Magnolia Blue Eagles and last year’s state runnerup Wheeling Central Maroon Knights, the Knights outscored the Eagles, 44-30, in the second half to win the Undo’s Catholic Classic, 71-59, at Wheeling Jesuit University on Wednesday, Dec. 30.
After the teams traded buckets early, Blue Eagle big man, Mitch Winters, showed off his range with one his three buckets from behind the arc to give Magnolia a 5-3 lead. However, the Knights then scored seven of the next nine points to go up 10-5, before a Central three was sandwiched between a pair of deuces from Winters and Preston Boswell to make the score 13-11 Central after one period of play.
In the second quarter things started to heat up for both teams. After a Central steal that led to a two handed slam, the Eagles Winters hit a jumper and Boswell hit a pair of free throws to knot the game at 15-15. After the Knights scored the next four points.
Boswell drilled a deuce, and Tyler Williamson drained a three ball that gave the Eagles a 20-19 lead midway through the second period of non-stop action.
After the Knights hit a deuce and one of two charity tosses that put them ahead 22-20. Boswell, then scored the next seven points to give the Eagles a 27-22 lead late in the second period.
However, the Maroon Knights ended the scoring by cashing in a basket from beyond the arc and added a pair of free throws to make the score 29-27 at the break.
By the midway through the third quarter, Central led 37-33 before Boswell swished a free throw and Williamson netted a deuce. Central followed with a free throw before the Eagles Kyle Ritz swished a deuce that tied the game up at 38-38. The Knights would then go on a 8-0 run to end the quarter to take a 46-38 lead heading into the final eight minutes of play.
Central started the period off the same way they finished the third quarter, on fire, scoring 15 of the first 22 points in the quarter to go up 61-44 to put the game out of reach.
The Knights continued to roll, as they eventually led 68-49 late before Boswell netted a three-point play, and Tyler Anderson scored a layup.
After a pair of Central free throws, Winters swished the cords from downtown to shrink the Central lead to 70-57.
By game’s end, the Knights added a free throw, before Boswell knocked in a pair of free throws to end the game.
Scoring in the game for Magnolia was Boswell with a game-high 27 points, while Winters netted 19 points. Williamson added five markers, while Ritz netted four. Anderson and Derrick Blain each added a deuce for all the Magnolia points.
The Knights balanced attack was led by WVU recruit Chase Harler with 17 points. John Burkhalter and Gage Rohmann each tallied 15 points.
Boswell and Winters were both named to the all tournament team from Magnolia.
Blue Eagles Use 24-0 Run To Defeat Bishop Donahue, 76-45
After a slow start in the opener of the Undo’s Holiday Tournament at Wheeling Jesuit University, Magnolia used a 31-6 second quarter spurt to win, 76-45, Dec. 29.
The Bishop Donahue Bishops scored the games first two buckets, but the Big Blue tied it up at 13 before the Bishops’ Taylor Straughn swished a bonus bomb right before the buzzer to take a 16-13 advantage after one period of play. The Eagles’ Preston Boswell finished the period with eight points, while Derrick Blain knocked down some baskets from beyond the arc that helped closed the gap.
The Eagles got together in the second stanza as they opened the period on a 7-0 run, and outscored Bishop Donahue, 31-6, in the second period, that also included a 24-0 run to double up Donahue, 44-22, at the break.
Donahue managed to score 11 points in the third period, but the Eagles topped that with 21 markers to give the Blue and Gold a 65-33 lead with eight minutes remaining in regulation.
The Bishop Donahue boys outscored the Magnolia reserves 12-11 in the final period of play. Boswell tallied a game-high 28 points, including 8-of-11 from the charity stripe to pace Magnolia, while Blain and Tyler Williamson
each contributed a season-high 14 points. Blain netted a trio of three-pointers, while Williamson went deep twice.
In addition Kyle Ritz had a double-double with 11 points and a dozen rebounds in an all around good performance. Mitch Winters tallied a season-low four points, while Brooks Parsons and Alex Anderson each sank a deuce, while Tyler Anderson knocked down a free throw. Straughn led the Bishops with 18 points.
Boswell Hits For 50 Points, In 87-78 Loss To Trinity
Magnolia’s Preston Boswell torched the Trinity Warriors for 50 points, but it wasn’t quite enough for the Blue Eagles to get past Trinity, 87-78, in boys’ basketball action Jan. 2 in Morgantown.
The Eagles and Warriors went toe-to-toe for the biggest past of the game with Magnolia on top, 65-63, with eight minutes remaining.
However, Trinity would outscore the Blue Eagles, 24-13, down the stretch to gain the nod.
The loss was the Eagles second straight after trouncing their first five teams by a combined 178 points, with Boswell netting 200 of the Eagles 412 points in limited work in their first five victories.
The Eagles used Boswell in a different way in the loss to Trinity as he scored most of his 50 points in-and-around the bucket, including 13-of-14 at the charity stripe, while only draining one bucket from long range.
Nine Blue Eagle players scored, but only Boswell hit in double-figures, while all the Trinity starters hit in double digits.
Tyler Williamson netted all three of his baskets from downtown, while Brooks Parsons came off the bench to net six points. Starters Derrick Blain, Kyle Ritz and Mitch Winters combined to score eight points, while Tyler Anderson and Zach Haught netted five points off the bench for the Blue Eagles.
The Eagles will get five days off before hosting the Paden City Wildcats Friday, Jan. 8 inside the MHS HammerDome with a 6 p.m. junior varsity tip-off.