Parkersburg South boys pick up sixth win in seven games
PARKERSBURG — Caleb Schaffer scored five straight points in the fourth quarter here Wednesday night inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center to give host Parkersburg South the lead for good and the Patriots rallied to win for the sixth time in seven games following a 54-48 triumph versus Spring Valley.
The 7-4 Patriots of head coach Mike Fallon, who were playing without the services of injured point guard Ashton Mooney, received a career-high 23 points from Cyrus Traugh, 15 from Jake Hogsett and seven by Colton Parsons.
Corbin Page, who had a double-double at the break as the visitors led 24-19, finished with 19 points and a game-high 17 rebounds.
“I thought our kids made some huge plays down the stretch,” admitted Fallon, who watched Schaffer get a putback with 4:25 left for a 43-42 lead and then followed that up 39 seconds later with a three-point play to make it a two-possession affair.
“That was a gut-check win. It was all the kids. With Ashton gone things were kind of out of whack. It took a little while to get going. I thought Caleb Schaffer came in and played a great game.”
Spring Valley, which dropped to 2-11 and plays a Mountain State Athletic Conference game tonight at Hurricane, held an 11-9 lead after one thanks to a Dalton Fouch 3. Page scored nine points in the second and his late putback had the Patriots trailing by five.
Jace Caldwell, who knocked down four treys and finished with 16 points, scored inside from one of Chase Maynard’s game-high five assists to open the second half as the Timberwolves had their biggest lead at seven.
However, the Patriots fought back and managed to tie it at 38-all entering the fourth thanks to Hogsett, who swished in a shot from just inside half court to beat the buzzer.
Following a three-point play from Traugh to open the fourth, Ben Turner and Maynard scored inside to give SVHS its last lead. Schaffer then produced his five counters and the Patriots made all 10 of their foul shots in the fourth to seal the victory.
“We’ll be ready for Friday. Our kids know what they do,” coach Fallon noted of rival Parkersburg coming into the ROAC. “Hopefully, this place is going to be packed.”
Despite Page having a size advantage, the Patriots won the rebounding battle, 39-32, as Hogsett grabbed eight boards, Jyles Johnson seven, Schaffer six and Traugh five.
“He’ll be back for tournament time,” Fallon added of Mooney. “That’s a big positive. It gives other guys an opportunity to get big minutes.”
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