Parchment High School

2005-2006 Parchment Varsity Basketball

Game #1 versus Schoolcraft

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Backcourt, `D' pace Parchment Wolf, Chappell combine for 42 in win over Schoolcraft

By Bill Templeton

Parchment boys' basketball coach Larry Bailey couldn't stop smiling following Tuesday night's season-opening victory over visiting Schoolcraft. His team knocked down seven 3-point baskets and got a combined 42 points from the talented senior backcourt of Alex Wolf and Matt Chappell on its way to a 66-44 nonconference win over the Eagles.

Yet, it wasn't the tandem's offensive output that Bailey was most pleased about. It was the Panthers' defensive effort which forced 23 turnovers and led to 27 points. ``We're working on (defense) more in practice, because I think I have offense,'' Bailey said. ``Defense is what's going to make or break this team. If we can hold teams of that quality to this kind of score we should at least be in games if we have an off-night shooting.

``In today's age, a lot of people don't want to play defense, and I just think that's going to be the difference. I thought it was outstanding (tonight).'' Wolf, who opened his fourth varsity season with a game-high 25 points for Parchment, paced his team to a lead it would never relinquish with a long 3-point basket during the first minute of the contest.

Parchment then unleashed a tenacious half-court defense that caused seven first-quarter turnovers. The Eagles converted just one of their 10 floor shots to trail 11-5 after eight minutes. Schoolcraft committed five consecutive turnovers to open the second quarter, and junior P.J. Withrow scored four straight points to push Parchment's lead to double digits. And then the roof caved in on Schoolcraft.

Wolf and Chappell combined for three straight treys during a fast and furious 13-2 scoring run and the Panthers led 29-9 with barely more than 3 minutes remaining in the second quarter. ``We practice that every day in transition,'' Bailey said about the long-distance flurry. ``Any offense is designed to get one of your best players a good shot and both of them are better in the transition.

Wolf opened the third quarter with his third trey of the game and Parchment extended its lead to as many as 25 points less than two minutes into the second half. ``When they made a run at us in the first half we didn't respond,'' Schoolcraft coach Randy Small said. ``First game of the year, you know you're going to make a lot of mistakes, but where you want to start is the effort. I thought that was there for us in the second half.''

Chappell complemented Wolf with 17 points and three triples of his own, and the Panthers shot a crisp 46.6 percent from the field (21 of 45). ``They're my two leaders and they bring great leadership,'' Bailey said of Wolf and Chappell. ``But I'm going to use 11 guys every game. Schoolcraft got 12 points apiece from seniors Jared Stauffer and Ryan Chambers, and the Eagles shot 38.1 percent (16 of 42). Schoolcraft converted just eight of its 22 free-throw tries.

The Game ball goes to Alex Wolf a Parchment senior who scored a game high 25 points and knocked down three of his team's sever 3-point baskets.

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"The Band helped get the 2005-06 campaign off to a BANG!!"

Individual Statistics

Player Pts
#13     4
#15    17*** 
#21     6
#25    25***   
#35    7   
#41    5* 
#45    2 
* = 3-pointer

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"Gotta love the "voice" of the Panthers."

Coach T comments: GREAT START!! Call the janitor and let him know he can go home early because all three basketball teams took care of the "sweeping". But seriously I'm seeing lots of upside to this first varsity game. Upside #1 is a 22 point victory against a Schoolcraft team that was predicted to battle for the Wolverine conference crown. Upside #2 is that we only gave up 12 points in the entire first half. I saw a HUGE defensive effort from everyone. It was nice to see the 5 seniors start and play so well. It was also nice to see the sophomores contribute in bunches. MC was a trey machine. Ricey was everywhere. Perm, don't be scaring me with that limping stuff (after you dove on the floor for that loose ball). We need you 6'5" frame healthy big fella!! PJ you picked up right where you left off last year. "The Doctor" was charmain of the boards. Bon you were very very tough on the D end so hold your head high because the O will come. Corwin nice penetration in the second half. And two thumbs up to everyone else. Here's my bottom line: We won by 22 and we showed that while we have a lot of upside we also have lots of room for improvement. I am really looking forward to watching this group come together as the season progresses. Remember, it all starts on the D end of the floor. "D" has to be priority 1. Work hard rebounding, boxing out, and playing tough position defense and I promise you good things will happen. Go P-town!

OH, and I almost forgot to give some major major props to "THE BAND". Way to rock in the new season. Fan's you too were AWESOME!! Nice touch with the "D" "FENCE" signage. Keep in LOUD in OUR HOUSE! We want LOUD! NOISE! CRAZY BEHAVIOR! We are the real P-TOWN!!!! One last thing. Sorry there aren't more pictures. I was stuck behind the camcorder for tonights game and didn't really get a chance to shoot any action shots. I promise more action shots as the season progresses. I promise!!

Stats trivia: Did you know that according to the NCAA a field goal attempt is not charged if the player is fouled in the act of shooting before the ball is in flight and the goal is not made. If the player is fouled in the act of shooting and the shot is made then a field goal attempt is charged to the player.

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