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2004-2005 Parchment Varsity Basketball Game #05 versus Plainwell

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Parchment, Schoolcraft in Legends final

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

By John Liberty 388-8400

PARCHMENT -- When the Parchment coaching staff met the Plainwell coaching staff at halfcourt following their Legend's Tournament first-round game, all they talked about was Alex Wolf.

The Parchment junior point guard gave them plenty to rave about. Wolf provided the spark Parchment needed to overcome an early second-quarter deficit and prevail 73-65 Monday against Plainwell in high school boys' basketball action. The Panthers play at 8 tonight against Schoolcraft for the tourney championship.

Schoolcraft rolled past Galesburg-Augusta 62-49 in the other game Monday. "What can you say about Mr. Wolf?" asked Parchment coach Larry Bailey, whose team improved to 5-0. "Alex makes things happen."

Wolf scored a game-high 27 points, including 13 straight in the pivotal second quarter, and picked through the Plainwell defense. He either scored or dished to a teammate, recording seven assists and four steals. Parchment trailed 20-11 early in the second quarter following a Mandon Crapsey trey. Then Wolf took over, rattling off 13 points, including a 3-pointer of his own which gave Parchment its first lead at 24-22 with just over two minutes remaining in the half.

"I just tried to do my part and got a couple quick ones," Wolf said. "Our team doesn't need much, just a little boost." Parchment never surrendered that lead and opened a 39-29 lead in third quarter when Wolf found a slashing Matt Chappell, who completed the three-point play with 5:36 left. At that point, the guard duo had scored 26 of the team's last 28 points.

Chappell finished with 15 points. "We click. We're the 1-2. I can count on him being in places where other players don't go," Wolf said. "He's a strong finisher. So, I like to give it to him."

Plainwell shrunk Parchment's lead to 68-63 with 38 seconds remaining in the game, but Parchment iced it at the free throw line. Plainwell's Garrett Salinas tallied a team-high 17 points, while Crapsey and Cameron Stewart contributed 14 points each. Seth Salinas also added 10 for the Trojans (1-5). Austin Patton scored 10 points for Parchment.

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Individual Statistics

Player Pts
#13     4
#15     27*
#21     8
#23     15* 
#25     2  
#31     3 
#33     10
#43     4
* = 3-pointer

Coach T comments: The "real" P-Town prevailed in the Riverview Road War. (Get it? You know, you drive down Riverview from Parchment to get to Plainwell. Ah, never mind.) Parchment got off to a slow start looking like a squad suffering from a holiday hang over (too much Christmas cooking I'm sure). But about midway through the 2nd quarter P-Town started finding their groove, at least on the O end, and was able to take a one point lead into the lockerroom. They came out in the 3rd Q and scored the first 9 and never looked back. The Panther press worked well in spurts creating a variety of Plainwell turnovers including steals, travels, and charge calls. The switching on defense was excellent, especially by the big men who were jumping out on the defender every time their guy went to set a pick, then hustling back to the post area when their teammate was able to recover. Richie and Ben both looked like they had 4 arms they way they were swarming the Trojans. I can't wait to do a stat sheet as I have to believe that a lot of players racked up assists. Passing this game was AWESOME. There was a lot of selfless play. Let's hope it carries over to Tuesday's game versus Schoolcraft. Nice win fellas and a nice 5-0 start to the season. Stay focused and take it one game at a time. Whose next? Schoolcraft, right? Well take note that they had two players score 18 points including one guy with 3 triples. You are going to have to play tough team defense again. Switch, overplay their strong hand, and bring home a 6th W!!! As for Alex stats I had him shooting 7 for 13 from the field and 12 of 16 from the line with 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 5 steals.

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