Parchment High School

2004-2005 Parchment Varsity Basketball Game #7 versus Vicksburg

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Area ratings leaders clash tonight in prep basketball

Tuesday, January 4, 2005

By Del Newell 388-2732

The R & R, or rest and relaxation part of the schedules, is over for prep basketball teams in this area. Now it's time for the another R & R, ratings and rugged opponents, to begin. The Gazette's first area ratings are out today and some familiar teams -- Benton Harbor (7-0) and Kalamazoo Christian (5-0) -- are among the leaders.

Benton Harbor, led by 6-foot-7 Wilson Chandler and a solid supporting cast, has overpowered everyone, with perennial power Detroit Country Day being its latest victim, 72-58, last Thursday. Christian, meanwhile, has outscored opponents by 30 points a game and already looks in midseason form. Joining Benton Harbor (Class A) and Christian (Class C) as ratings leaders are Gull Lake (4-1, Class B) and Battle Creek St. Philip (5-2, Class D).


Another spotlight game on a busy schedule tonight is Parchment (6-0) playing at Vicksburg (4-1). Parchment continued unbeaten when Alex Wolf's layup at the buzzer gave the Panthers a come-from-behind 56-55 win over Schoolcraft in the championship game of the Legends Tournament.


29 OUT OF 30 ISN'T BAD, EITHER: While on the topic of streaks, Kalamazoo Christian has won 29 of its last 30 games in the Comet gym.

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Vicksburg gets past Parchment in OT

Monday, January 5, 2005

By Rick Shanley


That's how Vicksburg feels after hanging on for dear life against the basketball storm otherwise known as Parchment on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs blew a 10-point lead with 1:56 left and turned the ball over three straight times in overtime, but still managed to squeak out a 66-64 victory and hand the Panthers their first loss of the season.

And if it wasn't for a missed shot to tie at the overtime buzzer by Parchment's Alex Wolf, who carried his team on his back down the stretch and finished with 30 points, the game might still be going.

"Quite honestly, I thought we did a good job on him, and he's still impressive," Vicksburg coach Rob Brown said of Wolf. "He has that sense; he knows what to do, when to get others involved, when to take shots. He's an impressive ball player."

But he's also just one player, and although the Panthers (6-1) got 18 points from Austin Patton, it was a balanced and patient Bulldogs scoring attack, led by Matt Brussee, that helped win the game. Brussee scored 14 of his team-high 16 points in the second half and used his big, physical frame to vault Vicksburg (5-1) to its double-digit lead late in the game.

But a 13-2 Parchment scoring run in the final 2:25 of the fourth quarter erased the fragile lead. The big daggers came from Wolf and junior Matt Chappell, who sank 3-pointers on three consecutive trips down the floor. "I told my kids that there aren't many teams that could've made that a game," Parchment coach Larry Bailey said. "We made the ball kind of freeze up in their hands (late in the game)."

Kyle Nelson hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the first half on his way to 14 points, while Matt Harrison added 10 for the Bulldogs, whose patience paid off down the stretch. "I was very, very impressed with our guys," Brown said. "I told them (in the huddle before overtime) that we had a 10-point lead and that we can go right back out there and get another 10-point lead. All we need to do is play. "They really responded."

Bailey hopes his team will respond well against its next two opponents -- Comstock and Kalamazoo Christian. "I knew we were going to lose somewhere down the line," he said. "We knew that coming here was going to be an awfully tough ball game."

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Individual Statistics

Player Pts
#13     2
#15     30****
#21     0
#23     6** 
#25     0  
#31     4 
#33     18
#35     0  
#41     2
#43     2
* = 3-pointer

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