South defeats Brooke, 72-56, in sectional semi

PARKERSBURG – A 14-5 run up to halftime followed in the third quarter by Ty Dobson bombing in four treys were the highlights in No. 11 Parkersburg South’s 72-56 Class AAA Region I, Section 1 semifinal win over visiting Brooke Wednesday night at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center.

The victory, the third straight for the 17-6 Patriots this season over the Bruins, propelled South into Friday’s 7 p.m. sectional finals at No. 9 Wheeling Park, a 76-58 winner over visiting Parkersburg High in the other Section 1 semifinal Wednesday night.

Dobson drilled in five 3-balls total in notching 19 points. The Patriots popped 11 treys in the game – two each by JR Kerr, Logan Lawrentz and Dylon Rippeto. Lawrentz finished with 15 points, Kerr with 11, and Rippeto and Cody Monroe with six each.

For Brooke, finishing its season at 11-12, Thomas Cole led the Bruins with 16 points, while Anthony Barnhart bagged 15 and Russell Schwertfeger added 10.

South trailed just once, at 2-0, before Lawrentz and Kerr gunned in back-to-back treys to ignite a 15-2 run, featuring a Brooke goal-tending at 1:15 of the opening period to give Dobson a basket, en route to 15-6 lead at the quarter break.

Still, Brooke pulled within five at 21-16 at 4:53 of the second stanza, setting off the 14-5 South spurt to the halftime horn and a 14-point bulge, 35-21, at intermission. In the Patriot push in the last 3:35 of the quarter, it was a team effort as Lawrentz tallied four points, Monroe and Dobson three each, and Garrett Gilkeson and Tyler Berry two apiece.

Lawrentz completed the run on a baseline jumper with just one second left.

Then in the third quarter, after Brooke closed within 10 at 35-25, Dobson hit two treys in a row followed by a Rippeto 3-ball for 44-27 advantage at the 5:40 mark. Dobson’s third trey of the period at 4:58 made the count 47-29 and his fourth 3-ball in the quarter came when the basketball was batted back near midcourt and he sank a trey from way out at the buzzer for a 56-42 lead going to the final period.

South then had only a trey and no two-point baskets in the last eight minutes of play, but converted 13 of 22 free throws to hold off the Bruins. For the game, the Patriots made 23 of 40 foul shots, while Brooke had five more baskets, but were only 3-of-9 in free throws.

By winning Wednesday, South will play at least two more games in the postseason. “That’s what makes this game so tough,” said Patriot head coach Mike Fallon, “because if you lose this first one, it’s over – season’s done.

“Our goal now is to win the sectional championship Friday, so we can host a regional game here.”

South is 1-1 against Park this season.