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Boswell Sets Eagles’ All-Time Scoring Mark

By Staff | Feb 10, 2016

Photo by Bruce Crawford Preston Boswell received recognition at the game against Bishop Donahue for becoming the Eagles’ all-time leading scorer. Later, at a game against the River Pilots, Boswell met yet another milestone — becoming Wetzel County’s all-time leading scorer, surpassing Lou Mott.

Magnolia Blue Eagles’ sharp-shooter Preston Boswell buried seven three point baskets on his way to a game-high 40 points to lead the Eagles to a 83-62 rout over the Bishop Donahue Bishops, Feb. 4 inside a jam-paced Tommy “Dino” Smith Memorial court to surpass Mark Winters as the Blue Eagles all-time leading scorer.

The game started out as a back-and-fourth battle between a pair of two outstanding OVAC Class A teams. Boswell busted out with his first of seven three-ball sandwiched around a pair of Bishop deuces to make it 4-3 early on.

The Bishops then scored five consecutive points to grab a 8-3 with 4:30 to play in the first period. The Eagles’ Mitch Winters would then knock down a deuce, while Boswell tickled the twine on two straight free throws. After a Bishop free throw, Eagles’ junior sharpshooter Tyler Williamson drained a long ball to put the Eagles up 10-9 late in the opening stanza.

The Eagles eventually led 16-9 inside a minute to play, but the Bishops then scored the last four points to make it 16-13 at the end of one. Early in the second period, the two teams traded buckets before the Bishops went on a mini run to grab a 30-24 lead with 1:45 left in the second quarter.

Both teams would then hit a pair of free throws, before Boswell drilled a basket just before the end of the second to make the score 32-28 Bishop at the half.

To start the second half of action, Winters scored a conventional three-point play, while Kyle Ritz netted a free throw to knot the game at 32.

Both teams traded 3-pointers, before Williamson knocked one in from downtown to gave the Eagles a 38-35 they never relinquished. Another Boswell three kept the visitors rolling, and eventually a Winters basket extended the Eagles lead bump up to 45-38. The teams traded 3s again, but the Eagles went on a 13-4 run to close out the third quarter with a 61-45 lead.

Boswell scored 20 of his teams 33 points that included six 3-pointers. The Blue Eagles continued to extend its 75-52 lead with three minutes to go when Boswell knocked down a jumper that pushed him past Mark Winters to become the Eagles all time leading scorer.

The Eagles scored the final six points of the game and went on to win 83-52. Boswell led all-scorers with 40 points, including seven 3-pointers, and 7-of-8 from the free-throw line, while Winters and Williamson each knocked in 15 points, which was a career high for Williamson.

Ritz, Tyler Anderson and Brooks Parsons each contributed three points, while Zach Haught and Derrick Blain each sank a basket. The Eagles made half of their 50 attempts from the floor, while converting 17-26 from the line. Bishop Donahue knocked in 19-46 from the floor, and 19-26 from the free throw line.

Taylor Straughn paced the Bishops with 36 points, including a trio of three point baskets, while teammates Zak McCoy and Koltin Kleeh netted 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Magnolia Wallops Wildcats, 74-44

Magnolia went on a 18-0 run early in the first quarter and never looked back in beating Paden City, 74-44 in a jam-packed Bob Burton Gymnasium Feb. 5.

Aaron Heasley gave the Wildcats their only lead of the night when he drilled two of his team-high 17 points to open the game. The Eagles determined to open the flood-gates early, opened the second period on a 8-0 run before Zach Yeater drilled a three-ball.

Magnolia then capped-off the first half with a 15-3 run to extend the Blue Eagle advantage to 33-7 late in the second period, before heading into the locker room on top, 37-13.

Magnolia Head Coach Dave Tallman said, “I felt like we played our best half of basketball against Bishop Donahue, and we came in here and put together a pretty good first half.

“Overall we played 32 straight minutes of good basketball; now we just have to put it together and play like that for an entire game.”

The Blue Eagle advantage ballooned up to as many as 37 points in the third period at 57-20 at 1:47 mark, before Yeater closed out the period for the Wildcats with two straight baskets from beyond the arc.

Heasley would score nine of his team-high 17 points in the fourth, while Yeater added his fifth 3-pointer for 15 points. Luke Cooper followed with 10 points, while Devin Price tallied a basket for all the Wildcats scoring.

Preston Boswell scored a game-high 38 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, while Derrick Blain and Kyle Ritz tallied eight and seven points, respectively for Magnolia.

Tyler Williamson, netted a pair of bonus bombs, while Tyler Anderson swished three two-pointers. Mitch Winters scored five points, while Zach Haught and Alex Anderson each sank a basket for the rest of the Eagles points.