2004-2005 Parchment Varsity Basketball Game #21 versus Plainwell
Article from mlive.com:
Parchment wins in OT; Otsego upsets Comstock
Thursday, March 03, 2005
PLAINWELL -- Larry Bailey was the first person to say that his Parchment basketball team had no business being in Wednesday's Class B district semifinal game against Plainwell. But when it came to explaining how his team still managed to pull off a 52-49 overtime victory, Bailey was left speechless.
While Parchment went overtime to advance to Friday night's final at 7, Otsego shocked Comstock in the nightcap Wednesday, 55-44, to move into the championship game. "In the third quarter I looked over at the assistant coaches and I said, 'Man, I've been here so many times. No matter what you do, it's not there,' " Bailey said. "But somewhere along the line we caught fire."
Luckily for the Panthers, it was in the fourth quarter. Parchment outscored Plainwell, 16-10, in the final eight minutes of regulation, thanks to four 3-pointers and the gutsy play of junior point guard Alex Wolf. After being held to only two points in the first half, Wolf came alive in the fourth quarter and overtime. He scored 11 of his team-high 15 points in that span, and his four free throws with less than 20 seconds to play in the extra session sealed the victory.
"We talked about it at halftime -- don't let Wolf get going," Plainwell coach Larry Ash said. "He was struggling with his shot and he wasn't getting into the paint. If you let him get in the paint, he'll kill you." But as good as Wolf was, it was his supporting cast that actually killed Plainwell. Guard Ben Holdridge scored 12 points -- all on 3-pointers -- and sophomore P.J. Withrow scored all eight of his points during a two-minute span in the second quarter. His three-point play tied the game, 19-19, and helped the Panthers eventually take the lead at halftime.
"If it's not for him, we're not in the game in the first half," Bailey said of Withrow. "He gave us a lift." Plainwell's senior trio of Mandon Crapsey, Seth Salinas and Steve Arehart took control of the game's first three quarters and, at that point, made it seem like the hometown team would live to see another game. Crapsey hit back-to-back 3-pointers to open the contest and finished with 15 points, while Salinas scored nine of his 14 points in the first half as the Trojans maintained a six-point lead.
Arehart's attack was balanced -- he scored four points in each the second, third and fourth quarters, finished with 14 for the game, and controlled the paint to help the Trojans outrebound Parchment, 25-22.
Player Pts #11 #13 7 #15 15* #21 12**** #23 4 #25 3* #31 3 #33 8* #35 #41 #43 #45 * = 3-pointer
Coach T comments: If I were writing the Gazette article it would be titled "The REAL P-Town takes down the P-town posers". OK, just kidding, but it was fun to go to Plainwell and get a W when their student section did more jeering than cheering. How about that "Where is Austin?" cheer? Classic. Don't they read the papers in Plainwell? If they did they might have known that Austin only played 11 games this year. Ya think? I was hoping our student section might start chanting "Read the paper". Now about the game. Boy were the first three quarters of that game crapsy or what? Thank goodness for our super soph's play or this game is over by half time. And thank goodness for our treyfecta of senior shooting guards (Richie, Big Ben, and the B-train) who came up with big plays at the most opportune times. I especially liked watching Richie take it to the rack strong on several occassions. Richie, Big Easy, and Crunch Time attacking the rack is what, in my opinion, made the difference. Oh, and Ben dropping 4 treys kind helped too (ha).
As a bonus it was nice to see Wolfy make some free throws at crunch time even though he couldn't throw the ball into the ocean in the first half. I guess that's why he's home sick today. I had no idea he was puking in the locker room before the game. Gutsy play kid. Way to tough it out and congrats on your 6th (yes 6) Gazette "Game Ball" of the year. You da man! I also want to give some props to Steve Aerhart. Alex and Steve used to be AAU teammates back in the day and I thought Steve really played a heck of a game. Way to go P-town and don't hold back in the district FINALS. Stay agressive on O. That's right, we're in the FINALS BABY! THAT'S AWESOME! PARCHMENT'S THE REAL DEAL!!!
One more thing. If you get a chance check out Austin and Alex at Bankhoops.com. They are both ranked in the class of 2006. Austin is in the wing forward category. I'm guessing that if they had ranked Austin in the power forward category he would be in the top 10. Alex is in the point guard category.
Rank Team Record Playoff Results 1 Paw Paw 11-1 Lost in first round of districts 2 Parchment 9-3 still playing Christian 9-3 still playing 4 Pennfield 6-6 Lost in first round of districts 5 Hackett 3-9 Lost in second round of districts 6 Delton 2-10 Lost in first round of districts G-A 2-10 Lost in first round of districts
Rank Team Record Playoff Results 1 Gull Lake 19-1 Lost in first round of districts 2 Lakeshore 13-7 Lost in second round of districts 3 Paw Paw 15-5 Lost in first round of districts 4 Three Rivers 12-8 still playing 5 Harper Creek 10-10 Lost in second round of districts 6 Comstock 11-9 Lost in second round of districts 7 Sturgis 11-9 still playing 8 Parchment 12-8 still playing 9 Niles 8-12 Lost in first round of districts 10 St. Joseph 9-11 still playing
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