Parkersburg South holds off PHS, 62-61

Parkersburg South’s Seth Fallon dribbles downcourt as PHS’ Kionte Peacock defends Tuesday night at Memorial Fieldhouse. The visiting Patriots won a close game by a 62-61 score. (Photo by Steve Hemmelgarn)

PARKERSBURG — The first three quarters aside, it came down to the final period to determime whether visiting Parkersburg South or Parkersburg High was going to win Tuesday night’s cross-town Class AAA basketball rivalry at Memorial Fieldhouse.

The Patriots overcame an early 51-46 PHS lead in the fourth quarter with a 13-0 run to surge ahead to stay at 59-51 with less than three minutes to play and held off the Big Reds down the stretch to secure a slim 62-61 victory.

South, ranked No. 5 in the state, improved to 7-1, while No. 13 PHS dropped under .500 at 4-5.

Brayden Mooney has a hot hand early for South with 13 first-quarter points, including three treys, to finish with 19 points, followed by Shane Snider with 17 and Cole Plants with 13.

For PHS, Brenton Strange and Parker Miller led the way with 20 and 19 points respectively.

The Patriots grabbed a 12-11 first-quarter lead at 3:27 on a Cole Plants’ three-point play after PHS forged early leads of 7-2, 9-4 and 11-6.

South then built a 17-12 advantage prior to two Mooney treys to stay in front and take a 23-20 edge into the second stanza.

In quarter 2, PHS’ Kionte Peacock’s trey knotted the score at 27-all. That kicked off a 9-0 Big Reds’ run to propel them on top at 33-27 with a minute remaining until halftime before a Colton Luther bucket for South to make it 33-29 at intermission.

The third quarter was back and forth throughout, with PHS ahead narrowly at 47-46 with just eight minutes left.

The 13-0 splurge in the fourth took South from five behind to eight ahead at 59-51, led by Seth Fallon, Snider and Plants. However PHS wasn’t done yet, getting within 61-58 as late as 21.6 seconds on a Dylan Shaver trey, but no closer until the final buzzer on a Seth Dailey trey.

“We had five possessions in the last two minutes when we had a chance to put this thing away with us up seven,” said South head coach Mike Fallon. “But we turned it over and missed a one-and-one, and those little things can kill you.”

Fallon, though, said his team “still has a ton of growth to do. We have a long way to go yet.”

PHS head coach Jeff Mennillo lamented afterwards, “Nine for 19 at the foul line, 19 turnovers and at two or three junctures of the game, we couldn’t run a set that we needed to. And yet we still had a chance to win.”