PARKERSBURG - A 27-point third quarter turned the tide in Parkersburg High's favor and the host Big Reds staved off Parkersburg South comeback efforts in the fourth quarter to notch a 62-58 win over their cross-river Class AAA rival Saturday night at Memorial Fieldhouse.
In a close, tight contest - unlike the season's initial meeting at South, a 71-45 Patriot win - after a tie at 45-all in the third quarter, Michael Ramsey canned a trey to put PHS ahead to stay at 48-45,
Teammate Jordan Colebank followed with a traditional three-point play at the 2:06 mark to boost the Big Red advantage to 51-45.
But with 41 seconds left in the period, the head coaches - PHS' Jeff Mennillo and South's Mike Fallon - got into a brief, but heated disagreement while in a conference with the refs and had to be pushed back by their assistants.
PHS, now 7-12, led 55-48 going to the fourth quarter, which became a nine-point bulge before South, now 15-6, stated to rally and by the 1:32 mark had whittled the gap to just 58-54 on a Garrett Gilkeson rebound bucket.
But Ramsey added two free throws to the Big Reds' total with 47 seconds left. Still South was within three with five seconds to play, but had to foul and Darius Basta sank a free throw with three seconds left for the final margin.
And the coaches' dispute flared up again in the usually-benign post-game handshake line between the two teams. They exchanged words again and then apparently walked away, although still exchanging words with each other.
PHS was led in scoring by Ja'Darien Wade with 17 points, with 13 each from Ramsey and Levi Hays as well as nine each by Colebank and Cole Day.
For South, Gilkeson netted 14 points, followed by Ty Dobson with 12, nine from Logan Lawrentz, and seven apiece from Cody Monroe, Logan Fryfogle and Cody Boggs.