Dylan Shaver’s shot falls short in a PHS loss

HUNTINGTON — Parkersburg and Spring Valley played Friday night at the Wolves Den in a boys basketball atmosphere that resembled a sectional, regional or state tournament.

Spring Valley captured seventh place in the Mountain State Athletic Conference with a 74-71 victory.

“We wanted to make a statement before the sectionals,” Spring Valley senior guard Graeson Malashevich said. “Now we just have to wait to see if we’re the top seed. I think we should be.”

Mistakes kept Spring Valley (12-10, 6-5 MSAC) from running away and at the same time allowed Parkersburg (5-16, 3-8) to twice fight back from 13-point deficits.

Parkersburg controlled the first period, finding success with back door cuts by Dylan Shaver and Jacob McKnight despite the height advantage for Spring Valley. The Timberwolves used that height finally to block attempted shots by the Big Reds and retook the lead with 1:41 left in the period.

A field goal by Brock Booth and a three-point play by Nate Ellis tied the game for Spring Valley. Chase Maynard and C.J. Meredith scored baskets in the final minute of the period with Meredith’s coming on a jump shot with 1.5 seconds remaining that gave Spring Valley a 14-12 lead.

The Timberwolves blew the game open in the second quarter.

Maynard started the period with a 3-pointer followed by back-to-back triples by Meredith to stretch the Timberwolves’ lead to 23-12 at 6:13 of the second quarter. Booth made a traditional three-point play with 1:16 remaining in the first half that gave Spring Valley its largest lead at 34-21. The teams went to halftime with Spring Valley holding a 36-28 lead.

Parkersburg stormed back in the third period with an 11-0 run that began at the 5:03 mark with a basket by McKnight and continued to the 2:33 point of the quarter with a 3-pointer that cut the Spring Valley lead to 42-41.

The Timberwolves made it to the free throw line on their next three possessions, made five of six foul shots, and then ended the period with a 3-point shot by center Doug Nester who banked home the shot that rebuilt the lead to 50-41. Nester scored four of his 12 points in the fourth period and also dished out an assist to Meredith.

Parkersburg didn’t quit, scoring 30 points in the final quarter to battle back from 13 points down a second time to make it a game. The Big Reds crashed the backboards for rebounds and made 3-point shots that kept them in the game. Many of those came from Kionte Peacock who finished with a game-high 22 points to lead Parkersburg and hit clutch 3-point shots in the final minute. Peacock made three 3-point shots in the final period.

“We’ve been playing our game all year, but I think we’re playing our game better right now,” the senior Peacock said.

Malashevich made two foul shots with 9.8 seconds left to give Spring Valley a 74-71 lead. Parkersburg’s Shaver heaved a half court shot to tie the game but it went wide right of the basket at the end of the game.