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Jeb Boice nails teardrop for big win

File Photo Parkersburg Catholic’s Jeb Boice played the role of hero in the Crusaders game against Class AAA Ripley Friday night at home. Boice’s teardrop with 0.8 seconds remaining in overtime gave PCHS a 49-47 win over the Vikings.

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.”

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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