Parkersburg South outlasts Brooke
WELLSBURG – The victory was earned behind the lines.
The Parkersburg South and Brooke boys’ basketball teams did plenty of damage beyond the arc during Friday night’s OVAC Class 5A Consolation Final at Brooke, but the Patriots outscored the Bruins by a big margin at the free-throw line.
In the end, Parkersburg South led by as many as 19 points in the third quarter before holding on for a 70-60 victory.
The Bruins closed to within six points with 13.8 seconds left, but the Patriots sealed the deal at the charity stripe.
The Patriots tallied eight 3-pointers and converted 26 of 39 shots from the foul line. The Bruins recorded six 3-pointers, but the boys from Brooke County converted just 11 of 27 attempts from the charity stripe.
“We run a lot of sets, and we shoot a lot of 3s,” Parkersburg South (14-4) head coach Mike Fallon said. “We had four or five games in a row where we didn’t shoot well, but the last two or three games we have shot well. We have gotten our confidence in ourselves back during that stretch.
“We shot well from the outside, so they had to come out and guard us, and then we were able to attack them off of the dribble.”
The Bruins once again struggled at the free-throw line.
“They are a good ballclub,” Brooke (9-8) head coach Dave Reitter said. “They have some good shooters. We wanted to attack their shooters, but we lost them at times. We didn’t react quickly enough.
“I can’t fault the kids. The kids played hard. We just didn’t make our foul shots. We were 11 of 27, and they were 26 of 39. That foul line makes a difference in winning or losing a game. Right now, it is mind over matter for our kids at the foul line.
“We are going to get back to the drawing board and get ready for our next game on Tuesday.”
Ty Dobson netted a team-high 23 points to lead the Patriots, while J.R. Kerr contributed 14 points and Dylan Rippeto tallied 11 points. Also, Garrett Gilkeson and Cody Monroe each collected nine points.
Russell Schwertfeger recorded a game-high 30 points, and Thomas Cole collected 13 points for the Bruins.
After attacking for three quarters, the Patriots decided to run the clock in the fourth quarter.
“We talked about that in that timeout,” Fallon said. “I think they misunderstood me. We wanted to run clock and look for good shots. If we had the chance, we wanted to attack and finish.
“We are going to work on that at practice. The real games begin in two weeks.”
A basket by Cole pulled the Bruins to within 56-48. It was the first time Brooke was within single digits since the visitors led 30-21 late in the second quarter.
Later, a 3-pointer by Schwertfeger pulled the hosts back to within eight points at 65-57. A 3-pointer by Nick DeStefano made the score 66-60 with 13.8 seconds still showing on the scoreboard clock, but Dobson and Rippeto each converted two foul shots to cap the scoring.
“We hit a few shots,” Reitter said about his team’s run in the fourth quarter. “Our shots started going in. We picked up the pressure, and it gave them some problems. They threw the ball away, and we were able to get a couple of steals. We were able to get some turnovers, and that helped us get back into the game.
“I think we expended a lot of energy getting back into the game, and we did not finish it. I think we got a little tired. We need to finish and close out games better.”
The Patriots hit four 3-pointers in the first quarter en route to taking a 16-9 lead.
Parkersburg South extended its lead in the second stanza. Rippeto tallied back-to-back 3-pointers giving the Patriots a 22-9 lead with 7:01 left to play in the first half.
The victors led 33-21 at the break.
In the third quarter, two free throws by Gilkeson gave the Patriots a 43-24 advantage with 4:21 remaining in the quarter. Monroe scored at the buzzer to give Parkersburg South a 53-36 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Brooke’s next game is Tuesday at Weir, while Parkersburg South is slated to play against Woodrow Wilson at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday down at the Charleston Civic Center.