Parchment High School

2004-2005 Parchment Varsity Basketball Game #14 versus Hackett

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"Parchment road Craig's hot hand to victory"

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Wolf carries Parchment to OT win

Saturday, February 05, 2005

By Alan Gerould - Special to the Gazette

Parchment dug deep to overcome the loss of its two tallest players as it outlasted Hackett Catholic Central, 55-52 in overtime, in front of a frenzied homecoming crowd Friday night on the Panthers' home court. Parchment played the game with junior Austin Patton, who scored 24 points in the Panthers' last contest, and senior Alex Serafini (both players are 6-foot-5) sitting in street clothes on the bench. The players were suspended for conduct detrimental to the team, according to Parchment coach Larry Bailey.

"I am just relieved that the tough decision I had to make, didn't cost the rest of the kids," Bailey said. "It just reinforces our 'family' philosophy that no individual is above the team and the kids pulled together and showed it tonight." The overtime belonged to Parchment junior guard Alex Wolf, as he converted 7 of 8 free throws and added a basket to give the Panthers the Kalamazoo Valley Association win. "We really believe in ourselves and never quit," said Wolf, who led all scorers with 23 points.

The Panthers stay in third place in the KVA at 7-2 (10-4 overall). It appeared that the absence of inside play from Parchment would prove costly as the Irish raced out to a 10-0 lead before Panthers junior guard Alex Wolf canned a jumper 5:37 into the contest to get Parchment on the board. Hackett 6-5 junior center Matt Scudder had four of his game-high 11 rebounds and scored eight points to give the Irish (4-10, 1-7 KVA) the lead, 14-7, at the end of the first quarter. The Panthers scratched back as senior guard Craig Burgardt came off the bench to ignite a Parchment rally, scoring three quick baskets to get the Panthers back in the game.

Parchment junior Matt Chappell's basket and subsequent free throw gave it a 21-20 edge at the half. "We had to make several adjustments due to their smaller lineup," Hackett coach Tim Gleeson said. "They played with five wing players a lot of the time and our bigger guys got in some foul trouble." Scudder was whistled for his third foul midway through the second quarter and he and younger brother Craig played with four fouls throughout most of the fourth quarter.

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Coach T comments: You know I've had my "Heart of a Champion" saying on the bottom of these web pages all season long for a game just like this. I saw a lot of champions out on the court showing a lot of heart tonight. Even when we got down 8-0 or 10-0 to start the game with our two starting post players (yep General like it or not you are a post player) on the pine collecting splinters nobody gave up. ZRAZZ, Richie, Roach(I hate that nickname Ben, you need to get a new nickname), CB, The Doctor, Roach2(someone tell me if Dan has a nickname), MC, Todd, Bon, and even Wolfy all showed me a TON of championship heart out there tonight. When the shots weren't falling the D stepped up. When someone got hot (someone take Craig's temp because that boy was shooting at a fever pitch) you road him. The ball movement was great. Even though you were small you tried pushing it inside, attacking the rack, drawing fouls, and regularly making the extra pass. Pretty much the only thing I saw that I didn't like was the overall lack of team boxing out. On any given possession I would see 2 or 3 guys boxing out but I rarely saw all 5 guys boxing out. When you are giving up so much height at every position you really need 5 guys on the glass. But hey, you stepped up the full court D even though I saw a lot of tired bodies out there, and in the end Hackett had too many turnovers and too many missed shots and P-town had too much HEART. Thanks fellas for putting on a great show. Nice overtime Snowcoming victory in front of the Gazette and in front of a packed house.

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"Perm passes into the post"

Individual Statistics

             2-pt     3-pt     FT 
Player Pts  Att/Md   Att/Md  Att/Md  Reb  Assists Stls
#11     DNP
#13     8     7/4      4/0     0/0    0      1      3
#15    23    10/7      5/0    11/9    3      9      0    
#21     3     1/0      4/1     0/0    4      2      2
#23     8     4/2      5/1     1/1    8      1      2  
#25    13     3/2      5/3     0/0    0      0      1      
#31     DNP 
#33     DNP 
#35     0      0        0       0     1      0      1 
#41     0     2/0       0       0     2      0      1      
#43     0     1/0       0       0     0      0      0
#45     DNP 
Totals 55    28/16    23/5    12/10   18    13     10   

Stats review: From my perspective a couple things really stand out about these stats. The first is that we "again" shot almost as many 3's as 2's. The second is that we shot 22% from 3-pt land and 57% from inside the arch. Here's why I don't like this. Lets say we took every shot from 3-pt land at the 22% clip. We would have scored 33 points for the game. Conversely, had we taken every shot from inside the arch at our 57% clip we would have scored 58 points (and this game would have been a route). Another interesting stat is free throws. How many free throw shots did we get from shooting outside the arch? None. Nearly all of our foul shots came from attacking the basket. But because we don't attack the basket very much we don't have very many players shooting free throws because it takes so long for us to get into the bonus. I watched the game tape and it was late into the fourth quarter before anyone other than Alex had drawn a foul on Hackett because you don't draw fouls spotting up around the arch. Conclusion: The closer we are to the basket the higher our shooting percentage and the more we attack the basket the more fouls we draw and the more free throws we shoot.

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"The Doctor breaths a sigh of relief as P-town escapes with a W"

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