Morgantown handles South
PARKERSBURG – Fifth-ranked Class AAA Morgantown shot better than 70 percent from the field in the second half here Wednesday evening inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center as the Mohigans ran past No. 7 Parkersburg South, 69-54, to earn a season sweep of the Patriots.
West Virginia University signee Nathan Adrian pumped in 11 of his game-high 28 points in a key third quarter as the Mohigans improved to 9-1 and await No. 1 Martinsburg’s visit on Saturday night.
Parkersburg South, which was led by Wes Mitchem’s 14 points even though he picked up three fouls in the first 5:20 of the opening stanza, only trailed 30-28 at halftime. However, the Mohigans hit their first seven shots of the third quarter and when Adrian converted a three-point play with 19 seconds to go in the period the hosts found themselves trailing 54-40.
The Patriots (9-3) had early leads of 2-0 and 4-3 and took its final advantage when Doug Dennis canned a trey from a Cody Monroe pass for a 14-13 cushion with 1:03 left in the first quarter. MHS regained the advantage 13 seconds later on a Dean Marshall putback and led 17-14 after one when Nicholas Colasante, who had 11 points, knocked down a pair of charity stripe tosses.
Adrian, who pulled down a game-high dozen caroms to finish with the lone double-double, scored on the block to open the second. It was 22-14 Mohigans after Scottie Core knocked down a 3-pointer thanks to one of Marshall’s game-high eight assists when he sent a skip pass across the court to Core out of a trap.
The Patriots, who will try to avoid a season sweep at the hands of Brooke when the No. 13 Bruins invade Friday night, tied the game for the last time at 26 with 1:29 left in the half on a Tyler Berry putback.
Morgantown, which made all 15 of its foul shots, quickly upped its two point halftime advantage to double digits by scoring the first eight points of the third. Marshall, who finished with 15, scored the first three deuces and Adrian scored from the block on the other.
The hosts trailed 45-32 midway through the third when Mohigan Daniel Eby knocked down a 19-foot jumper and the last time PSHS had the game in single digits was when Logan Cox scored two of his nine markers at the 2:59 mark to make it 45-36.
The Mohigans hit 25 of 43 (58.1 percent) field goals for the game and went 14 of 19 from the floor after halftime.
Dennis scored 12 points while Monroe and Tyler Bolen chipped in eight markers apiece.