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Boswell Nets School Record 54 Points

By Staff | Mar 9, 2016

Photos by Bruce Crawford Magnolia’s Preston Boswell splits three Wheeling Central defenders on his way to score two of his career-high 54 points to help the Blue Eagles win their second straight Section One title.

Magnolia senior Preston Boswell netted 54 points against Wheeling Central in the Region I, Section I championship game March 4 inside the John Marshall Field House, breaking Jim McCormick’s and John Boswell’s mark of 51 points, to help lead the Blue Eagles to a 78-74 win and claim back-to-back WVSSAC Class-A Sectional titles of Wheeling Central.

Magnolia coach Dave Tallman stated after the game, “It was just a game of runs. It looked like we were going to take it, but then Wheeling Central turned around and took the lead. No one panicked, and we turned around and made the last run.”

Wheeling Central’s Chase Harler banked in a 3-pointer from the top of the key to open the game, but Boswell answered with a conventional three points of his own.

After a Central bucket on a fast break, the Eagles’ Derrick Blain pickpocketed a Knights defender and went the distance to knot things up again.

Central went on a 7-2 run before Blain and Kyle Ritz each sank baskets to pull the Eagles to within one. However, a Boswell 3-pointer and a Mitch Winters tap-in at the buzzer gave the Big Eagles a 16-12 advantage after one quarter.

Magnolia coach Dave Tallman instructs his team late in the fourth quarter against Wheeling Central.

Central scored three straight points before Boswell answered with his second conventional three-point play. Wheeling Central scored quickly and forced coach Tallman to call a timeout.

Winters then sank a jumper inside the paint, but Central followed with a conventional three-point play to pull them within a point. However, Ritz knocked in a basket to give Magnolia a three-point cushion. But, the Knights drilled a 3-pointer to tie it at 23-23.

The Eagles went an 8-0 run, keyed by back-to-back baskets by Boswell from beyond the arc, to grab a 31-23 advantage with 1:30 to go in the first half.

The Knights scored the next three points, but Blain dialed in from long distance right before the buzzer that gave Magnolia a 34-26 advantage at the break. Central almost doubled-up the Eagles in the third period, 27-14, with Boswell netting 12 for Magnolia and Harler 14 for the Knights to retake the lead at 53-48 after three periods.

Boswell scored the first six points for Magnolia before Winters hit back-to-back baskets from beyond the arc to knot to give the lead back to the Big Eagles at 60-59. Boswell added a basket to extend the Magnolia lead to three.

The Knights wouldn’t go away and tied things up with a 3-pointer. Boswell scored 16 of his 22 fourth-quarter points from that point, including 10 free throws to give the Eagles a victory.

“It was a team win,” Boswell said. “Those 54 points mean nothing if we lose. It was just a team win. Mitch hit back-to-back 3-pointers. Two of the biggest shots all year. We played great. It was a total team win. Central is a great team, it takes everyone to beat them.”

Boswell led all-scorers with 54 points, including three baskets from beyond the arc, while Winters netted a dozen. Blain added eight points and Ritz sank four points.

Harler scored a team-high 41 points, while John Burkhalter tallied 10 for the Maroon Knights.

The win gave Magnolia its 20th win against two losses and a date with St. Marys tonight inside the MHS HammerDome with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.

Advanced sale tickets for the Magnolia versus St. Marys Region I Boys’ basketball championship will go on sale today at the MHS Main Office 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Advanced sale tickets are $7 for adults and only $5 for students. All ticket prices will be $7 at the gate on game day and only WVSSAC passes will be accepted. Game time is at 7 p.m.

Blue Eagles Trounce Blue Dons, 74-42

The Blue Eagles’ Preston Boswell scored 17 of his game-high 39 points in the third period in helping the Magnolia Blue Eagles to a convincing 74-42 victory over Weirton Madonna in the WVSSAC Class A Region I, Section I semifinal inside the John Marshal Field House, March 2.

The Blue Eagles jumped out to a 12-2 advantage and finished the opening stanza on top, 18-4, with the Blue Dons scoring only one field goal in the period.

Madonna outscored Magnolia, 16-15, in the second period, but the Eagles were still on top, 34-19 at the half.

Magnolia took total command in the third period, and opened the third period with a Boswell putback. He then dished off a nifty behind the neck pass to Mitch Winters for an easy deuce that caused Madonna to call a quick timeout.

After the break, Boswell converted a conventional three-point play, netted a basket and buried a pair of free throws to cap off a 10-0 run that increased the Magnolia lead to 44-19.

The Blue Dons went on a 6-0 run to stop the bleeding, but Boswell countered with back-to-back baskets. Magnolia then slowed the pace down late in the third period, with Boswell draining a basket from the Wheeling Island to end period three with Magnolia on top, 57-32.

Both teams substituted freely in the fourth period, with the Blue Eagles’ Marco Smith cashing in with a basket from beyond the arc highlighting the period.

The win pushed Magnolia to 19-2, with Boswell leading the Eagles’ cause with a game-high 39 points, that included three bonus bombs, while Winters sank a dozen points. Derrick Blain and Tyler Williamson each netted seven points, that including a 3-pointer, while Kyle Ritz was held to four points. Smith and Brooks Parsons scored three and two points, respectively, to end the Blue Eagles scoring.

With the loss, Madonna dropped to 12-11, with Joey Ewusiak leading the way with 15 points, while Tavon Jeter added 11 points.