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Big Reds hold off Eagles

February 14, 2008
PARKERSBURG — Ryan Powers stepped on the 3-point line while sinking a Beckley basket with seven-tenths of a second left as host Parkersburg High upended eight-ranked Class AAA foe Woodrow Wilson 62-61 Wednesday night at Memorial Fieldhouse,

The Big Reds, now 4-15 on the season, survived a close, taut game with Woodrow Wilson (13-6). PHS forged a 53-49 edge with 5:21 to play on successive plays — a Zane Mathis steal for a layup and Brent McGee’s basket from the right wing. But Beckley knotted the contest at 55 on a 6-2 run before taking a couple two-point leads at 57-55 and 59-57, only to see PHS’ Dovonic Mitchell drop in his third trey of the game at 47.9 seconds to lift the Big Reds into a 60-59 lead.

Woodrow Wilson waited for a potential game-winning last shot, but Chase Stastny stripped Powers of the ball when the Flying Eagle guard drove into the lane.

‘‘That was a huge play in the game,’’ said PHS head coach Jeff Mennillo.

Justin Howe picked up the loose basketball and was fouled at 10.2 seconds, converting the first of a double bonus, but missing the second. However, McGee grabbed the offensive rebound on the miss on what Mennillo considered another ‘‘huge, huge play’’ for the Big Reds, and Howe was fouled again, sinking the second free throw at 6.2 seconds for a 62-59 lead.

Powers appeared to tie up the game with his last-second shot, but the apparent trey was ruled just a two-point hoop when his foot was on the 3-point arc at the top of the foul circle.

PHS jumped off to an 8-0 lead in the first 3:19 of the game, only to see Beckley come right back to go in front 9-8 and the tilt was tight from then on.

Powers paced all scorers in the game with 21 points, while Travis Parkulo added 17 and Damien Tunstalle 14 for Woodrow Wilson. For PHS, Mathis led with 15 points, followed by Stastny with 14, McGee with 11 and Mitchell with nine.

‘‘I thought we did a heck of a job on the boards,’’ said Mennillo. ‘‘We turned it over a bunch, but we got some second shots.

‘‘Our guys did a great job of just fighting, clawing and staying after it tonight. And even though this has been a rough season, they’ve not quit, they’ve not raised the white flag and they’ve been competitive every single game.’’

Mennillo added, ‘‘We told our guys at the beginning (of the season), the important thing is how well you’re playing coming down the stretch. I hope this isn’t a head fake, but part of better things to come.’’



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