Parchment High School

2004-2005 Parchment Varsity Basketball Game #23 versus St. Joseph

Regional Semi-Finals

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Burgardt's big shot lifts Parchment

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

BATTLE CREEK -- If Thursday night's Class B regional championship basketball game turns into a track meet, Hillsdale is going to race off with a big win. But if the game turns into a chess-match battle of strategy and patience and it all comes down to a last-second shot, then give Parchment the favorite's role. Parchment rode a bomb shot from the left corner by Craig Burgardt with nine seconds left to score a dramatic 50-49 win over favored St. Joseph Tuesday night in the first game of a doubleheader at Kellogg Arena. And then in the nightcap, Hillsdale, 23-0 and No. 8-ranked coming in, got off to a slow start, revved up its offense late in the second quarter and was in racing gear the second half in a 76-54 victory over Three Rivers.

That sets the stage for Parchment (15-8) to take on Hillsdale in the regional final at 7:30 Thursday evening at Kellogg. "(Alex) Wolf was going to drive and take the shot if he could," said Burgardt, a senior who was making his first start of the season. "He was going to kick it out if he couldn't shoot. He passed to me and I knew it was going in when it left my hand. That's my favorite spot on the floor to shoot from." St. Joseph, which had trailed 29-17 at halftime and played catch-up for more than three quarters, struck back in the fourth and led, 48-44, with 2:27 remaining.

But sophomore P.J. Withrow, who scored 29 points last Friday in a district win over Otsego, popped in a 3-pointer from the same corner as Burgardt, cutting it to 48-47. After a free throw by St. Joseph's Joseph Cleveland, Parchment coach Larry Bailey called a timeout with nine seconds left. "Wolf called it," Bailey said. "He said he would get the ball to Burgardt and he'd make the shot. That's twice he's won games with last-second shots.

"He doesn't start. But Ben Holdridge, who did a great job on defense in the last couple of minutes, was sick. I'm partial to my seniors and instead of starting P.J., my sophomore, I started Burgardt." Wolf again had a cool head and hot hand under pressure. He put on a sizzling show in the first half, scoring 13 of his team-high 15 points and connecting on three triples. Withrow came off the bench and added 13 points, including seven of Parchment's 10 fourth-quarter points, a point total matched by Matt Richards. After not launching a shot in the first half, St. Joseph 6-foot-4 junior forward David Clore laid in 14 points in the second half as the Bears outscored Parchment, 32-21, over the last 16 minutes.

Jacob Olson had three treys and finished with 11 points for St. Joseph (11-12), which shot 54.1 percent from the floor. St. Joseph had one last chance to win the game. But Kyle Hammond's long shot bounced high off the rim and Clore's tip-in was waived off because time had expired.

HILLSDALE 76, THREE RIVERS 54: In the second game, Hillsdale, which applies relentless pressure with a diamond zone press and likes to run at every opportunity, fell behind, 14-4, and took a half to shift into racing gear. The Hornets struck for 50 points in the second half and for the game pressured Three Rivers into 26 turnovers. "We worked very hard because we knew what was coming," Three Rivers (15-9) coach Frelen Gowen said. "For a quarter and a half I thought we did exactly what we wanted to do. We got through the pressue and only turned it over a few times." Four players scored in double figures for Hillsdale, which forced 15 second-half turnovers and converted many into instant points. Burly junior center Gage Frosch led Hillsdale with 17 close-in points. Forward Luke Laser, one of only two seniors on the team, had 16. Tyler Laser, Luke's brother, one of three sophomores in the starting lineup and a Drew Neitzel lookalike, added 11 and Drew Berube had 10. The Hornets shot 54.5 percent from the field. Bronson Taylor, one of the standouts on Three Rivers' football team, led the Wildcats with 21 points. "He wrestled last year and came out for basketball his senior year," Gowen said. "He's a good athlete at anything he does."

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Article from Herald-Palladium:

Clock runs out on St. Joseph season

By AL AREND / H-P Sports Writer

BATTLE CREEK -- The clock struck midnight a few hours early on St. Joseph's Cinderella basketball tournament run. Parchment's Craig Burkhardt, starting his first game for an ill Ben Holdridge, nailed a 3-pointer with 8.8 seconds left to give the Panthers a thrilling 50-49 victory over the Bears in a Class B regional opener Tuesday night at the Kellogg Arena. St. Joseph immediately called timeout after Burkhardt's bomb from the corner. David Allen then took the inbounds pass and drove the length of the court, but when confronted under the basket, elected to pass the ball back out to a wide open Kyle Hammond.

Hammond's 3-point attempt hit high off the back of the rim with 0:00.9 seconds left, and came out to the Bears' David Clore who tipped the ball in from 12-feet away. Unfortunately for the Bears, his tip came just after the buzzer had sounded. "I don't think I got it off in time," admitted Clore, who after being shutout in the first half, scored 14 second-half points to rally the Bears to the brink of victory. "It was too close to call, but three officials all made the call decisively, so I have no complaints," said Bears coach Gregg Schaffer of the wild ending. "It's a tough one to lose, but I was really proud of the way the kids played in the second half. We climbed all the way back and just as easily could have won it. We did not cave in."

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St. Joseph (11-12) fell behind 29-17 at halftime as Parchment (15-8) used a box-an-one defense, preventing the 6-4 Clore from even getting a shot off. "We didn't have anyone that could match up with him one-on-one," said Parchment coach Larry Bailey. "In the second half, they finally started to hit some shots from the outside, and that helped free him up." Parchment's biggest lead was 34-21 with 6:10 left in the third, before the Bears started to whittle away. They cut the margin to 40-33 after three, thanks to eight third-quarter points by Jake Olson, including two 3s. The run continued in the fourth as St. Joe went on an 11-0 spurt. Clore made four straight buckets, giving the Bears a 44-42 lead with 3:42 remaining.

The Bears increased their margin to 48-44 on baskets by Hammond and Clore, but with 2:10 remaining the Panthers' P.J. Withrow nailed a 3 to cut the margin back to one. With Parchment having only two second-half fouls at that point, the Bears elected to run off time, forcing the Panthers to foul. With 35 seconds left, the ball was stripped from Hammond in his own backcourt, but Withrow missed a wide open layup and the Bears' Joe Cleveland was fouled grabbing the rebound with 30.5 ticks left. Finally in a one-and-one situation, Cleveland made his first free throw but missed the second giving the Bears a 49-47 lead. The Panthers got the rebound and brought the ball up court, calling timeout with 21.7 seconds remaining.

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Alex Wolf, who scored 13 first-half points against the Bears, wanted to take the shot, but coach Bailey revealed: "I told him 'They're not going to let you beat them.'" "He said: 'Then I'll hit Burkhardt in the corner, and that's exactly the way it happened,"' said Bailey. "Obviously, we didn't execute in the first half," Schaffer said. "But it's tough to come back against a guard-dominated team. But we did. It was anyone's game to win." Clore led the Bears with 14 points, all in the last half, hitting 7 of 10 afield as St. Joe hit a blistering 64 percent (14 of 22) in the second half compared to 40 percent (6 of 15) in the first half. Olson added 11 points and Hammond eight.

Parchment's Wolf led all scorers with 15, despite being limited to two points by Patrick Buursma in the last half. Matt Richards and Withrow netted 13 each as the Panthers shot 49 percent (17 of 35) from the floor. Parchment was also a perfect 8 of 8 from the free throw line, compared to St. Joe's 3 of 6 effort. St. Joseph dominated the boards, outrebounding the smaller Panthers 20 to 14, as Clore snared seven. Turnovers were at a minimum as Parchment committed only five, two less than St. Joseph.

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Individual Statistics

Player Pts
#13    13* 
#15    15***
#23     3* 
#25     6**  
#33    13* 
* = 3-pointer

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Coach T comments: Let me start by saying "sorry" that I didn't get any pictures of the BIG shots everyone was hitting throughout the game. Quite frankly I was too caught up in being a FAN! OK, now on to the important stuff. Ben, what an AMAZING EFFORT! I don't think the fans even knew you were puking sick, yet with 4 minutes left in the game and the team stumbling you went in and righted the ship and put Parchment in position for the last minute heroics of PJ and Craig. Ben, you get my game ball. Richie, you too get a game ball for some SWEET drives and some excellent ball handling. MC, you too for your boarding and timely ball handling and bottomless energy on the D end. Quite frankly I think it was D that won this game. Just like in the NBA, defense is the key to winning playoff basketball, and speaking of D lets not forget about "Big Easy" who drew short straw and had to chase St. Joe's scoring machine David Clore, around all night long. Holding him scoreless in the first half was a HUGE key to the P-town victory. You know I love this team! I do! And the FANS!! AAAHHH!! The fans where rockin the arena all night long. I especially loved your "You can't stop him" cheer and the love you showed the team after the W by rushing the court! Way to go P-town FANS!!! Heck I could go on and on. I'm so proud of all of you. But instead of hearing me like you have all season lets hear from some folks who posted comments on mlive.

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KVAfan22 had this to say:

In what has to be one of the most gutsy performances I have ever seen, Parchment high school came from behind in the closing seconds to take down St. Joe of the SMAC. So many great performances in this game. First and foremost Alex Wolf, who played 32 minutes, and played both ends of the floor. I don't know how many Clore had, but Wolf definitely won that battle. When Wolf wasn't sticking threes, getting to the hole, or hitting pull ups he was driving and dishing like the kickazz point guard that he is. Then we have Matt Chappel. Having to go against bigger, and stronger players all night Chappel came up huge on the boards and defensively. He has become the Dennis Rodman of this team. Does the dirty work, scores when the opportunity is there, and comes up huge defensively and rebounding. Matt Richards who has learned how to get to the hole and finish as well as anyone in the KVA. Ben Holdridge, bad ankle and all came in and gave some huge minutes defensively when it was clear the backcourt was getting winded. Craig Burkhart who has been asked on a few occasions to hit big shots, none bigger than the three with 8 seconds left on the clock. Coach Larry Bailey. Most would have packed it in when his inside game was suspended for the year, but he hung in, adjusted his lineup and produced beyond his best coaching effort of his career. Just amazing maturity, growth, and character from all of these young men. As the man in front of me said, "this is what a regional tournament should look like."

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Justdatruth had this to say:

All credit goes to the Parchment squad. Awesome outside shooting and good composure during the St. Joe run. Good Luck in the regional final.

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Crazykid87 had this to say:

Probably the best game I've ever seen. St. Joe was down 10 most of the game then the 4th came back and got the lead back.. I'm not going to say St. Joe played badly because that's not at all the case......Awesome game and Parchments fans were the best ever. If we were like that every game God only knows what would happen......Derrick Mitchell is one of the closest people to God Himself I will ever see, that is next to Craig Burghardt and his game winning three pointer.

And finally back to me Coach T. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!?! REGIONAL FINALS!?!?!? P-town in the CLASS B regional finals!!! P-TOWN is in the SWEET SIXTEEN!!!! AAAAHHHH!!!!!

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One more thing. If you get a chance check out Austin and Alex at They are both ranked in the class of 2006. Austin is in the wing forward category. Alex is in the point guard category.

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