Parchment High School

2005-2006 Parchment Varsity Basketball

Game #1 versus Galesburg-Augusta

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Legends Tournament Finals

Parchment has to rally for Legends title

SCHOOLCRAFT - The final stats looked similar to any other Parchment game this season, but the way it happened was a little different. Alex Wolf had his usual big game, scoring 28 points to lead the Panthers to their fifth straight win, a 64-54 victory over Galesburg-Augusta that made them champions of the Legends Tournament for the second straight season.

"Alex Wolf is phenomienal," Rams coach Mike Woodard said. What was unusual was that Wolf and the Panthers had to rally from a halftime deficit, and did so without head coach Larry Bailey, who couldn't make the game. Galesburg-Augusta (3-3) led 28-23 at the intermission after physically dominating int he first half. "That's our first deficit that we've had all year," Wolf said. "It was a weird atmosphere at half-time. It was pretty quiet."

Parchment's talented backcourt quickly brought it back. Matt Chappell hit a pair of 3-pointers early in the third quarter to tie the game at 32. He finished with 17 points. Wolf took over from there. He scored the Panther's next nine points, then made a brilliant pass to set up big man Chris Foldesi for a three-point play the old fashioined way to give Parchment a 44-35 advantage.

"They're two senior guards that areally step up and take control on the floor," said Parchment assistant coach Darrick Gregory, who was subbing for Bailey. "We have great leadership and when the time's right, they're there." G-A had chances to rally in the fourth quarter, but missed key free throws. "We worked hard inside, outworked then inside, got to the line and didn't finish," Woodard said. "We made way too many costly mistakes that we shouldn't make with a senior-oriented team."

G-A big men Kevin Roe and Travis Boersma formed an imposing duo inside, helping the Rams to the early lead. The pair combined for 13 first-half rebounds as G-A beat the Panthers 20-8 on the boards in the first half. Roe finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds and Boersma added 18 points and 12 boards. "They were crashing the boards every time," Gregory said. "We only had one guy trying to rebound. We need four guys down there. They did a great job of boxing out."

Parchment (5-0) was much better on the glass in the second half, outboarding the Rams 11-10. "Our defense in the second half is what won it for us," Gregory said. Though Parchment took the tournament title, G-A will have two chances at revenge in Kalamazoo Valley Association play. "It's going to be a tough couple more games that we play them," Wolf said. "They're way bigger than us. I give them a lot of credit, they beat it inside. This was a big win."

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Individual Statistics

Player Pts
#13     2
#15     17**
#21     4
#25     28****  
#35     4  
#43     6
#45     3
* = 3-pointer

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Coach T comments: Coach D is 2 for 2. Last time he put on the head coach tie he led his team to the 6th grade Friendship Tournament championship and came away with the championship trophy. Now fast forward 6 years and it was like deja vu all over again as the D-train led his P-town squad to first place tin in the Legends tournament. Way to go Coach D!! P-town fans I gotta tell ya you were a little flat. Maybe everyone was all cheered out after the exciting Thursday night victory (not), but for whatever reason the student section never really got the 6th man thing working. Fortunately the players and their rookie coach were able to rally from a 7 point deficit for the victory. Major props should go out to our EXCELLENT CHEERLEADERS who stayed upbeat and enthusiastic even though the student section was doing it's best impression of about 40 sticks in the mud. Toolshed was a rock down the stretch from the charity stripe. Perm played solid on both ends too but in truth I believe it was the second half D of the entire squad that carried the team to victory. That and some very timely MC steals (I had him down for 6) and buckets mid way through the 3rd quarter that got "mo" swinging in our direction. Come next Tuesday though it is going to take 4 solid quarters of D and a very very vocal student section if P-town is going to have any chance against the undefeated Vicksburg bulldogs. So students PLEASE bring your A cheering game next Tuesday!!! Your P-town playaz will need you!!!

One last thing. I want to give Alex a big "attaboy" for scoring his 900th point of his varsity basketball career. 900 points!! Dang Alex that's a ton. Way to go!! Attaboy!!

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