Parchment High School

2004-2005 Parchment Varsity Basketball Game #8 versus Comstock

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Colts charge past Parchment Fourth-quarter run carries Comstock

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

By Todd Newell

Parchment's boys' basketball team has had its fill of Wolverine Conference foes. After starting the season 6-0, the Panthers have dropped two games in the last five nights -- in overtime to Vicksburg last week and Tuesday night by a 66-56 margin to Comstock. "I think we've beaten Comstock maybe once in the last 10 years," Parchment coach Larry Bailey said. Both losses have come on the road for the Panthers, who travel across town this Friday to battle with perennial power and Kalamazoo Valley Association foe Kalamazoo Christian.

"We knew this was a tough stretch and hopefully we'll learn from this and step up because we know who we have Friday," Bailey said. Parchment appeared poised to shake off the effects of last week's overtime loss as it led 32-28 at halftime thanks to five free throws to end the quarter, including three from Craig Burgardt, who was fouled putting up a desperation 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded. The five points to close the half came on the heels of a 7-0 Comstock run that put the hosts in front, 28-27, with only seconds remaining. Comstock (4-4) closed out the third, trailing 49-48, and a 3-pointer by Parchment's Matthew Richards opened the final quarter in what looked to be a tight race to the finish. Then again, looks can be deceiving.

After the Richards trey, the Colts methodically reeled off 18 points in a row, pushing their lead to as many as 14 before Parchment's Austin Patton scored the game's final four points. "We were our own worse enemy a little bit tonight when the momentum started to change and maybe that's because we won those first games early and sometimes young people think it's all going to fall into place," Bailey said.

What did fall into place was nearly every shot in the fourth by Comstock's Snoop Heard and Marcello Cash, who combined to net 6-of-8 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free-throw line. The duo scored 16 of the Colts' final 18 points, with Heard logging the last eight thanks to his stop-and-jump move that Parchment couldn't defend.

"Heard just took us right off the dribble and that's a pretty long jump step he has; it's a great move and that's a tough move to defend in high school," Bailey said. "I thought Snoop Heard was the key because that stretch where, in three or four straight possessions, he just saw that the player that was guarding him couldn't stay in front of him so he just took it into the paint and made something happen," Comstock coach Mike McKinley said. "I think that kind of set the tone for us."

Cash paced the Colts with a game highs in points (19) and rebounds (12). Heard finished with 16 points -- all in the second half -- and Dustin Wuis added 16 points, including four 3-pointers. Alex Wolf, the KVA's leading scoring at more than 20 points per game, was held to 11 points, while Patton led the Panthers with a team-high 13.

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Individual Statistics

Player Pts
#13     10**
#15     11
#21     4
#23     11*** 
#25     3  
#31     2 
#33     13
#43     2
* = 3-pointer

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Coach T comments: Not much to say really. Live by the three, die by the three. We lost. I'm out.

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