BACF boys hoops action: W.Va. downs Ohio

PARKERSBURG – Alexander’s Braden Jones had the only double-double of the game here Friday night inside Parkersburg South’s Rod Oldham Athletic Center, but in the end West Virginia had too much firepower as the hosts won the 12th annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis Basketball Classic, 135-124.

W.Va. head coach Mike Fallon of Parkersburg South wanted his team to launch 80 treys in the contest, but the Mountaineers had to settle for 77 attempts as they made 26 and led by as many as 27 points late in the second half.

Magnolia’s Mark Winters, who scored a game-high 23 points and added seven rebounds, not only earned W.Va. MVP honors, but also claimed the slam dunk title.

However, the unquestioned slam dunk champion in the game was Wellston’s Justus Ousley, who had a trio of rim-rattlers. His first stuff came early in the opening half from Vinton County’s Jordan Kidd, who scored a baker’s dozen and was selected as the Ohio MVP. After Winters flushed one down with 12:31 left in the contest to give W.Va. a 92-74 advantage, Fairland guard Cody Midkiff, who also had 13 points, was on a fastbreak and bounced the ball off the backboard to an awaiting Ousley. Ousley got a gasp from the crowd after he threw it down. The duo hooked up again late in the second half on alley-oop as well.

Ohio, which has lost 11 of 12 in the series and was coached by Vinton County’s Matt Combs, took its only lead at 3-2 on a Jones trifecta via one of Shon Smith’s (Fort Frye) six assists. Jones finished with 18 points and had a game-high 12 caroms.

Coach Fallon’s club then went on a 10-0 run and never trailed again. Ripley’s Casey Smith started the spurt with a 3-pointer, St. Marys’ Austin Bayless followed with a putback, Wood County Christian’s Jamie Arnold added a 3 and Ritchie County’s Andrew Davis capped it with a tip-in.

Federal Hocking’s Max Carney, who tallied a team-high 19 points, scored via a feed from ex-Lancer teammate Shawn Parsons as Ohio trailed just 39-34 with about 8 minutes left in the first half. However, a combination of Ohio turnovers and a 10-3 run by W.Va. pushed the advantage to double figures. Point Pleasant’s Dylan McCarty scored half of his 14 tallies in that spurt, which included ending the run on a deep 3-pointer.

It looked like Ohio, which got 10 points from Ousley along with eight points and as many boards from Cambridge’s Ben Standiford, was in pretty good shape nearing intermission as the Buckeyes trailed just 59-53. However, ex-Parkersburg South teammates Logan Cox and Tyler Bolen made it a nine-point cushion at the break when Cox found Bolen open and he hit a triple just before the buzzer.

A trey by St. Marys’ Andrew Cosper gave W.Va. an 84-72 lead and Ohio never got the deficit back to single digits again.

Cox, who added 15 points while while ex-Patriot teammate Doug Dennis contributed 14 markers, went down the middle of the lane for an easy jam to give W.Va. a 98-84 lead with 9:37 to go.

Davis had the shot of the game with 5:15 left on the clock when he was going for a loose ball that was heading out of bounds at the corner of the court. In one motion, Davis flung the ball toward the basket, it rattled around, hung on the edge of the rim and then fell through for a 3-pointer.

Late in the game Bolen had a block and continued his celebration a little too long as Belpre’s Dakota Hoffman inbounded the ball off Bolen’s backside and got an easy lay-in to set the final score.

Parkersburg’s Trevor Britton, who joined Arnold, Bolen, Cosper, Smith and Davis in scoring nine points apiece, was the 3-point champion. Britton joined Bolen, who dished out six assists, in sharing team-high rebounding honors with 10 apiece.

Tyler Consolidated’s Darren Heintzman contributed 10 points in the win while Parkersburg’s Ben Umpleby had a game-high four steals.

Logan’s Tristan Myers and Cambridge’s Devon Francis chipped in nine markers each while Hoffman finished with eight.