2003-2004 Parchment Varsity Basketball Game #6
NOTE: The stats below were taken from Kalamazoo Gazette
Player Pts #11 3 #13 21 #15 3 #21 0 #23 2 #25 - #31 4 #33 21 #35 - #41 8 #43 -
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Parchment survives buzzer-beaters in OT
Tuesday, December 30, 2003
PLAINWELL -- Most high school boys' basketball teams feel fortunate if they can play a game over the two-week holiday break.
They're even more fortunate if the game is as good as Monday's was between Parchment and Plainwell in the first round of the inaugural Legends Basketball Tournament.
Plainwell's Mandon Crapsey sank a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to send the game to overtime, but Parchment held on to pull out a 62-60 victory and advance to the tournament final tonight against Schoolcraft.
The championship game will be played at Galesburg-Augusta's new gymnasium tonight, tipping off around 7:30. Alex Forrester, longtime coach and teacher at G-A will be honored between the consolation and championship games.
Crapsey, who had 19 points, actually made two buzzer-beaters in Monday's game. He sank a 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter to bring Plainwell within two points, and then made everyone stick around a little longer with his heroics at the end of regulation.
"I gotta give Crapsey all the credit in the world," Parchment coach Larry Bailey said. "He came down and knew what he had to do. We were right in his face and we didn't want to foul him, so we had to back off. Wouldn't you know it? It went in."
Although Bailey was quick to point out the individual performances of Crapsey and Jacob Bleeker, who had 10 points for the Trojans, he was still able to smile because, "I've got my sophomore point guard. I tell ya' what - he's a player."
Bailey was speaking of Alex Wolf, who spearheaded Parchment's offense to the tune of 21 points, seven of which came in the fourth quarter with his team clinging to a slim lead.
Wolf's solid ball-handling and slashing moves to the basket not only boosted his stats, but also created opportunities for his teammates.
Austin Patton, Parchment's other super sophomore, took advantage. Patton also scored 21 points, including a jumper and a free throw in overtime, to give the Panthers a two-headed scoring monster that came at Plainwell from inside and out all night.
"He's a 15-year-old kid," Bailey said of Patton. "He's only a sophomore and he made big shots with the game on the line and got big rebounds. He plays big."
The Trojans were the ones doing the inside damage in the first half, though, with Brock Mollitor scoring 12 of his 19 points mostly on lay-ups and putbacks off rebounds. However, the well dried up for Plainwell in the second half and in overtime, where the Trojans shot just 11 for 32 from the floor.
"We didn't get the ball inside as frequently (as in the first half)," Plainwell coach Tim Rieman said. "But when we did we weren't finishing. Even on offensive rebounds, we weren't able to make the shots. We could've scored a little bit more in there."
Overall, Plainwell shot 23 for 59 from the floor, while Parchment made 22 of 42 attempts. The Panthers (3-3) outrebounded the Trojans, 29-24.
"As much as it's tough to fall to 1-4, I'd much rather play than practice," Rieman said. "Counting weekends, we usually have 17 straights days off and that's just too much. The kids get sick of playing against each other. (Parchment) is a team in our district we know we can play with."
Bailey's also thankful that his team can take part in a holiday tournament. "Neither team should've lost tonight," he said. "This is a fun thing for high school basketball and for the kids involved. This is a big win for us, but we're just honored to play."
The stats below came from Tom Wolf's palm pilot. They are not 100% accurate. Tom does stats as an alternative to yelling during the game. Good choice, right?
Player 2PtM 2PtA % 3PtA 3PtM % FTM FTA FT% Pts Reb Blk Stl Ast #13 7 13 54 1 1 100 4 11 36 21 6 0 2 9 #33 7 12 58 0 0 0 7 10 70 21 6 0 1 0
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