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2004-2005 Parchment Varsity Basketball Game #20 versus Paw Paw

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"PJ dropped 8 on Paw Paw"

Article from Friday

Parchment eyes piece of KVA title

Friday, February 25, 2005

By Del Newell

When Parchment went small against Kalamazoo Christian in Tuesday's basketball game, the Panthers pulled off an infinitely large Kalamazoo Valley Association victory. Veteran coach Larry Bailey, trying to avoid a quick knockout punch from Christian's press, instructed his team to go into a weave and control the ball and the clock. It worked better than Dean Smith's four-corner offense as Parchment upset Christian, 43-39. And it worked because of the ball-handling of junior guard Alex Wolf, three other guards -- 6-foot senior Matt Richards, 6-1 senior Ben Holdridge and 6-1 junior Matt Chappell -- and the rebounding and passing of 6-5 senior center Alex Serafini.

Because of the upset win -- Christian won the first meeting, 71-43 -- Parchment has a chance to grab a share of the KVA championship tonight when it hosts Paw Paw, coached by former Christian coach Dave Wassink. Christian and Parchment both have 9-2 records and Paw Paw is 10-1. A win by Paw Paw and it's all over. Another upset by Parchment, and there's a rare three-way tie at the top.

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"P-town hoisted tin earlier this year"

COUSIN VS. COUSIN: When Comstock plays at Gull Lake tonight it will be the last time Comstock senior Dustin Wuis goes against his cousin, Gull Lake's junior point guard Josh Beeke. Wuis leads the Wolverine Conference in 3-pointers with 34, while Beeke is a key player on a Gull Lake team that has clinched first place in the Wolverine and has an 18-1 record overall.

PARCHMENT 'IDOL': Parchment's basketball team may have a "sixth player" in freshman Brittany Sorensen, a talented singer who wowed the crowd performing before the game and at halftime of the Christian game Tuesday night.

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"Adam is on the "players to watch" list"

Article from Saturday

Paw Paw wraps up KVA title

Saturday, February 26, 2005

PARCHMENT -- Derrick Mitchell gave Paw Paw fans a regular-season finale they won't forget. Trailing 29-22 heading into the fourth quarter and with the Kalamazoo Valley Association championship on the line, Mitchell went off. He scored 15 of Paw Paw's 19 fourth quarter points to complete the 41-35 come-from-behind win Friday. With the win, Paw Paw clinched the KVA title. Parchment and Kalamazoo Christian, which lost at Battle Creek Pennfield, 43-42, shared second place with 9-3 records. "Let's hand it to (Mitchell). You keep hand in front of him all night long and he doesn't get frustrated," Parchment coach Larry Bailey said. "He got a couple key steals, rebounds and proved why he is the best player in the league."

Mitchell finished with a game-high 18 points and pushed Paw Paw (15-5, 11-1 KVA) to the title. Parchment (12-8, 9-3) was outscored 19-6 in the final quarter. Ben Holdridge and sophomore P.J. Withrow each had eight points for Parchment. Alex Wolf, who came into the game averaging over 17 points, was held to four.

BATTLE CREEK PENNFIELD 43, KALAMAZOO CHRISTIAN 42: At Battle Creek, Parresse Hampton's buzzer-beating lay-up ended any hopes K-Christian had of sharing a KVA championship. Both teams exchanged leads late, before Hampton slipped in two of his team-high 13 points. Ryan Penny had 12 and Millard Hale contributed 10 for Pennfield (11-9, 6-6). "It was a good turnaround for us," Pennfield coach Chuck Miknis said. "It's not everyday we beat K-Christian." Jason Scheffers notched 12 points and J.D. Triemstra had 10 for K-Christian (16-4, 9-3).

HACKETT CATHOLIC CENTRAL 47, DELTON 43: At Delton, Ben Thayer and Craig Scudder hit 15 points each to lead Hackett (6-14, 3-9) to a comeback win. Hackett trailed 26-17 at halftime, but shut down Delton (5-15, 2-10) in the second half. Delton's Nathan Farrell scored 16 and Brandon Link contributed 15.

Individual Statistics

Player Pts
#15     4
#21     8**
#23     3*
#25     6** 
#31     6
#33     8*
* = 3-pointer

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"Starting at the 5 spot, Alex "Big Easy" fini! "

Coach T comments: AWESOME BABY AWESOME!!! What a GREAT way to end the "regular season". Oh sure, it would have been nice to win, but hey, the bottom line is this. In the last minutes of the last game of the regular season, with only 30 seconds left on the clock, we were still battling for the conference title in our gym in front of a packed house with "the band" jammin in the background and our very own student section scream "GO!", "FIGHT!", "WIN!". Really now what more can you ask for than that? Oh yeah, maybe a victory, eh. I know the seniors especially wanted a W. Heck Wolfy and MC came out of the locker room after the game and they were as sad as I've ever seen them because they wanted it that bad too. I blame myself because you want to know what, I wanted it that bad too. Probably too bad. Winning was "too important" Friday night. I wasn't just glad to be there even though I should have been. We all should have been glad to be there and we all should have been enjoying the excitement of the minute. Instead I think we were playing not to loose, instead of playing to win. Nine times out of ten playing not to loose is the kiss of death. I also think we repeated the same mistake we have been making all year. Instead of attacking the basket we settled for long range threes. More than half our points came from beyond the arch. I told you we wouldn't win if we took more than 20% of our shots from beyond the arch and, guess what, I was right.

I can tell you one player in the gym that was playing to win instead of playing not to lose and that was D. Mitchell from Paw Paw. Boy was he. C'mon now you have to give the guy some props. He's a three sport star. He plays basketball probably 3 months of the year. He does numerous things fundamentally wrong (like his right handed layups on the left side of the basket) but he gets away with it because he's just an amazing athlete. We had his squad on the ropes but we couldn't deliver the knockout blow. That said you guys (especially you seniors) should be very very proud of the way you played this year, especially with all the distractions of the two former players. Next year I hope Larry implements a "one and done" or a "zero tolerance" approach to screwball behavior so that the team doesn't suffer like it did this year. Since you seniors probably haven't gotten an apology from any of the offenders let me, on behalf of PHS apologize to you for what you have had to endure this senior basketball season. It wasn't right and it wasn't fair but it was a great "life lesson" because life definitely can be (and often is) both wrong and unfair. Enough of that crap though. Let's talk Bball.

Nine wins against only three conference losses and a 2nd place finish in the KVA is a GREAT record. You came within a couple possessions of winning the entire KVA. That's a far far cry from where you were as a team six short years ago when I witnessed KC almost hold this same group scoreless for an entire game (thank goodness for Luke's layup with about 4 minutes to go). As bummed as I am about the Paw Paw game, the memory of the Tuesday KC game still brings a smile to my face. And as for Friday night what I will remember far longer than I will remember the final score are these plays. Craig dropping that HUGE trey as the 3rd quarter ended to stake us to a 7 point lead. That was sweet! Wolfy nailing that 17 footer early in the 4th to give us a nine point lead. I could almost taste victory at that point because I'm sure if we could have pushed the lead to double digits then 2Paws would have folded. Oh, and how about PJ? Did he have some SWEET SWEET slashes to the rack. Dang he already has me excited about districts (and dare I say, next year). I'll remember Big Ben with those long Shaq like strides as he was running back on D after having nailed a clutch 3 pointer. And I'll remember watching Richie get UP. When he goes to the rack nobody flys like Richie flys. I also remember Big Easy putting the ball on the floor and cutting hard from left to right for a swooping layup. But you want to know what really stuck in my mind more than anything else. It was the way the seniors bolted out of the gym after the game. They didn't hang around and talk to anyone and I believe they did this because they hurt too. I'm sorry they hurt but I can't tell you how proud I was of them because they hurt. They showed me (and all of P-town) that they are TRUE competitors. The group that has become famous for acting like winning and loosing aren't a big deal showed me that in truth they really really wanted to win. Winning meant a LOT to them and it hurt to loose. Tonight for the first time in 6 years this senior group showed me they were WINNERS! I was never so proud of a group of 11 guys as I was tonight! Seniors, remember how much it hurt and use that as motivation when next Wednesday rolls around. Although it's not like you should really need any more motivation than to remember the crappy way we were treated last June when we went to Plainwell High School to scrimmage the Trojans.

Guess who finished second in the KVA last year? That's right Paw Paw did, and they followed up their 2nd place regular season with a pretty good run through states last year, before finally falling to Drew Nitro Nitzell in front of a packed house at Grand Valley State University with Alex and I in the standing room only crowd of about 10,000. Guess what, Alex wants to go back to the quarterfinals again this year, only this time Alex wants to go back as a player not as a fan and I'm telling you right here right now that this senior group has the talent to do just that. What's it going to take? It's going to take MC heart, Ben energy, Richie ball handling, B-train sharp shooting, MD boxing out, Big Easy boarding, PJ speed, Wolfy leadership, Shadley intensity, Bon enthusiasm, and Zraz banging. Everyone has something to bring to the table and it is going to take contributions from everyone if this team is going to do some damage in "states". So ..... Got one more run in you fellas? Thanks for a "hellofa" regular season. Now let's make some noise in the second season. Some "real" noise from the "real" P-town!!! Remember what you were chanting during the summer? Remember what you were chanting during fall basketball? It wasn't "KVA Champs, KVA Champs". It was "States states states". Well guess what? It's show time!!!

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