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Crusaders prevail

Copen leads Catholic past Ravenswood

Photo by Tyler Bennett Ravenswood’s Matthew Carte (2) goes up for a shot as Parkersburg Catholic’s Will Hart (12) contests during a high school boys basketball game Friday night.

PARKERSBURG — Scoring his 1,000th point in a road win versus Wirt County on Tuesday and getting honored in front of the Parkersburg Catholic faithful pregame, Crusader senior Pat Copen wasn’t done adding to his point-tally on Friday night.

The big man led the way for Rob Strcula’s squad, scoring a game-high 21 points in a 71-49 win against Ravenswood at Parkersburg Catholic High School. Copen gave Red Devil defenders problems all night from both inside the paint and outside the wing, drilling four 3-pointers, grabbing eight rebounds and scoring 11 points in the second quarter.

“Pat is a heck of a player. He is just very consistent at both ends of the floor. He’s a good kid and everything he earns this year, between basketball and baseball, he deserves it,” Parkersburg Catholic head coach Rob Strcula said.

Copen wasn’t alone in putting a hurting on the Red Devils (9-10). Senior point guard Jeb Boice had 17 points and a team-best four assists. Junior Xavier Collie finished with 11 points, nine in the first half, and senior Jalen Brunny had 10 markers.

Parkersburg Catholic’s (12-8) defense also came to work on the night, causing the Red Devils to shoot 18 for 63 from the floor (29%), allowing no made 3s and forcing 15 turnovers, an outcome Strucla wasn’t expecting.

“I thought we came out and played with a lot of heart and a lot of passion. We showed a lot of urgency in that first quarter and established a pretty good lead. We got kind of complacent in the second quarter and that’s when Ravenswood made a run and they played really well,” Strcula said. “They are just a tough matchup for us because of their size and they got five guys who can shoot. Coming in the third quarter, I thought we did a good job of just being able to maintain our lead and establish a little bit of dominance in the second half on defense to really extend that little bit more. They did a good job, Mick did a good job trying to pick out some mismatches and attacking us where he could.”

Ravenswood struggled to make baskets in the first quarter, only managing two makes on 11 attempts while Catholic had 19 points.

Catholic started the second with two quick buckets by Copen and Boice trading two free throws with Ravenswood’s Devin Raines to push the Catholic lead to 20.

Raines, who had six out his 12 total points in the second alone, kicked started the second-period scoring explosion with a jumper at the 6:01 mark. Back-to-back charges set by Jaycob Creel led to Creel scoring five points and converted a three-point with 5:10 to play.

Shawn Banks showed off his speed, stealing the ball from a Catholic ball-handler and went coast-to-coast for a lay-in to make it 28-17. A two-pointer by Ashton Miller with 1:49 left to play cut the Catholic lead to only seven, but that was the closest the Red Devils got at the lead. Catholic took a 35-25 lead at intermission off a Will Hart 3-ball.

A steal and lay-in from Boice with 3:12 left in the third started a 13-6 scoring run in favor of the home team. Boice then converted on a three-point play and later drove it to the rim for another bucket to help Catholic pull away.

Ravenswood’s was led by Miller’s 14 points. Creel and Raines had 12 apiece and Banks chipped in with 11.

Contact Tyler Bennett at tbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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