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REMATCH AT KALAMAZOO CENTRAL: The next time KVA rivals Parchment and Kalamazoo Christian meet in basketball, fans won't have to get to the game at 4:30 to get a seat. Make it 5 p..m., instead. The rematch, which is also Christian's homecoming, will be Saturday, Feb. 18, at Kalamazoo Central's more spacious Zuidema gym. ``I'm happy we're playing Christian any place but in Christian's gym,'' Parchment coach Larry Bailey said after Friday's 48-42 loss to the Comets.
NO EXCUSES, BUT...: Although neither Parchment basketball coach Larry Bailey or star guard Alex Wolf are using it as an excuse, the ankle sprain suffered by Wolf in pregame warmups before last Tuesday's game against Comstock has caused problems. Most noticeable difference was at the free throw line where Wolf, who came into the week shooting at a 91 percent clip, was 5-of-13.
Parchment, playing its first game without injured star guard Alex Wolf, struggled early but came back and downed Delton in a Kalamazoo Valley Association game at Parchment's gym. Wolf, who is the KVA's leading scorer, broke his hand last Friday and is expected back in the lineup until late February. Matt Chappell, who finished the game with 18 points for Parchment (8-1, 3-1 KVA), said he felt out of sync early without Wolf, but adjusted at the half.
Delton (0-8, 0-4) led 13-10 after one quarter, but was outscored in each of the final three quarters. The first half ended with Delton winning on the boards but losing on the scoreboard, trailing 31-27. ``If you base this game on effort, they (Delton) win,'' Parchment coach Larry Bailey said. ``In the first half they outrebounded and outhustled us.'' In the second half, Parchment pulled away thanks to Chappell's hot hand and the work of P.J. Withrow, who also finished with 18 points. Josh Newhouse paced Delton with 14 points and was followed by Nick Blacken with 10.
Player Pts #11 6 #13 4* #15 18* #21 18**** #23 #25 OUT #31 5 #33 4 #35 8 #41 2 #43 3 #45 * = 3-pointer
On Saturday morning, it appeared the prep basketball career of Parchment standout Alex Wolf was over. Wolf had just been told his right hand was broken - an injury he suffered late int he game after diving for a loose ball in Parchment's 48-42 loss to Kalamazoo Christian. "I was told he was done for the season," Parchment coach Larry Bailey said. "It was quite the blow. He's worked so hard and put so much time in ... and to have his season end like this."
"For all practical purposes we expect that his high school career will end with him being 39 points short of 1,000" Tom Wolf, Alex's father, said. Monday morning, however, the week of bad breaks for Alex Wolf, who sprained an ankle in pregame warmups January 10th, changed. "We took Alex to see Dr. Mark Veenstra at K-Valley and he said the hand was broken, but that he would set it and Alex might be able to return the last couple of weeks of the regular season," Tom Wolf said. "That's the best we could have hoped for," said Wolf, who added that "Alex has basically played 3-1/2 years of injury free varsity basketball, but the basketball gods were not smiling on him last week."
Both Veenstra, who's 6-foot-10 and has to be the tallest orthopedic surgeon in Kalamazoo, and Tom Wolf played city league basketball against each other. "I knew him fro city league days and now our sons (Josh Veenstra is a 6-6 starting forward for Christian) are playing against each other," Tom Wolf said. "Alex is a tough kid and I know he'll do everything humanly possible to expedite his recovery," Bailey said.
"At practice I'm going to ask Alex, along with his weight training with his legs and running, if he would help out as sort of an assistant coach. He's like a coach when he's on the floor anyway," Bailey added. Wolf, who was averaging 23.5 points a game and leads the team in assists, could be back, if there are no setbacks, on (Feb 21) against Berrien Springs. That is three days after Parchment plays K-Christian in its homecoming game at Kalamazoo Central.....
Coach T comments: Well given that it was kind of a strange game let me start in a strange way by giving some props to my boy Chris M. and his Delton crew as they came into P-town and gave my Panthers all they could handle. The final score (a 17 point victory) as not reflective of how close this game truly was. I seem to remember seeing 49-42 on the scoreboard late in the 3rd. So nice job Delton. Now for my Panthers. After a slow start (I really didn't expect anything else as it will take time to adjust to your new roles) PJ cranked it up in the 2nd quarter to help Parchment to a 4 point halftime lead. Thanks PJ!! Then MC and crew took over early in the 3rd and got Parchment out to double digit leads. Delton didn't go away though (as I mentioned above), but not to fear as Bon rattled off 5 consecutive points at crunch time, Corwin took care of the rock on the perimeter, MC was finding seams in the D, "The Doctor" (MD) was working the baseline along with Toolshed, Perm was all bows on the defensive boards, and Fuzz seemed like he was everywhere. And when the dust cleared P-town had a solid W to push their record to a stellar 8-1. Nice game fellas. Also nice job student section. Standing the entire game was first rate. I love the D-fense cheer as well as the "you can't stop him" cheer for both Bon and PJ. As much as it killed me to sit and watch Alex sitting and watching, it would have hurt a heck of a lot more without the W. We've got a good thing going here so keep up the mo and who knows, with any luck Al will be back at the end of the season just in time for back to back tournament runs!! You never know.
One more thing: EVERYONE hike down to Coach Gregory's room on Wednesday and support your favorite P-town playas by stocking up on the limited edition and totally unique P-Town wristbands. Only 2 bones!! Go P-town!
Kalamazoo Vally Association Leaders (1/17/2005)
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