Jeb Boice nails teardrop for big win
PARKERSBURG — Jeb Boice’s high-arcing teardrop found the bottom of the net with less than a second to play here Thursday night as Class A, No. 4 Parkersburg Catholic survived Ripley in overtime, 49-47.
Patrick Copen led the 7-1 Crusaders with a game-high 20 points and finished a carom shy of a double-double. Boice tallied 18 points and a game-high five steals to go along with a quartet of assists.
Big man Ty Johnson led the way for the 5-5 Vikings, who play Tuesday at Warren, with 16 points along with game-highs of 12 rebounds and five blocked shots.
Ripley trailed by its largest margin, 29-22, at 5:04 of the third after Boice grabbed a defensive board, raced coast-to-coast and converted a three-point play. However, the Vikings used a 12-0 spurt to turn the tide.
Tobias Scholl (11 points) started the run with a 3, Carter Casto had a three-point play and Johnson scored six markers as well.
PCHS managed to tie it going into the fourth thanks to a Boice steal and layup along with a Copen 3.
Field goals by Isaac Robertson and Casto allowed the Vikings to go ahead 38-34 with 3:49 left in regulation, but head coach Rob Strcula’s squad got 3s by Will Hart and Copen for a 40-38 advantage with 2:43 to go. The final bucket of the fourth came via a Robertson lay-in with 69 seconds remaining.
Xavier Collie opened overtime with consecutive hoops for half of his eight points. His first basket came after teammate Jalen Brunny got a steal in the paint. The second was a 15-foot baseline swish.
Head coach Luke Parsons’ team refused to quit and managed to regain the lead. Jacob Fouty canned a triple and it was 45-44 Vikings after Johnson got a putback with 1:29 to play. Brunny, though, managed to tap out the ball following a missed shot, which went to Copen, who found Boice open for a trifecta and a 47-45 cushion.
Although Scholl assisted on Johnson’s game-tying bucket with 14 seconds left, PCHS called a timeout to set up the potential winning shot.
“We had a play drawn up for a zone to try and get a corner 3, but they came out and we saw it was man so coach said four low iso so I just went to the basket,” admitted Boice. “I did not think I was going to get that shot over him. I put it as high as I could and I got it to fall.”
The Crusaders, who play at No. 3 Wheeling Central on Saturday night, led 16-10 after one and 24-19 at halftime, but the hosts shot 35.7% (10 of 28) in the first half and missed all 11 of their 3-point attempts.
“That trap slowed us down,” Boice continued. “I think they noticed they couldn’t guard us in a halfcourt man-to-man so they made a good adjustment going zone and we didn’t shoot well, obviously. That (4 of 24 from deep in the game) never helps when you’re playing against a zone.
“They got about a 6-9 boy sitting in the middle, too, so that makes life a little difficult in the zone, but we got baskets when we needed them and rallied when we needed to. A big win tonight.”
Ripley, which held Parkersburg Catholic to 31.7% (20 of 63) from the floor, hurt itself with 20 turnovers.
“It was a poorly shot game, but our guys stuck with it,” added coach Strcula. “They made a big run in the third quarter and took the lead.
“Our guys fought through adversity. Will had a big 3, Pat had a big 3 and Jeb had a big 3 in overtime. We just played well there at the end.”
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