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GALESBURG -- Cory Schug remembers well the days when his Galesburg-Augusta basketball team couldn't beat anybody. The senior forward's 3-point shot with three seconds left in regulation was the difference as his team downed Parchment, 44-41, in a crucial battle of Kalamazoo Valley Association contenders in front of a frenzied crowd at the Rams' gym. Schug, who along with fellow seniors Travis Boersma and Kevin Roe were starters on that team two years ago that went 1-20, now believes that the Rams (6-3, 4-2 KVA) can beat anybody.
``We've been through some difficult seasons here with wins coming few and far between,'' said Schug, who had a game-high 14 points, including four 3-pointers. ``We have learned how to win and feel confident that we can play with anybody now.'' Parchment (8-2, 3-2), which started the year 7-0 before suffering its first loss last week to Kalamazoo Christian, entered the game a different team than the one that started the season. The Panthers lost senior guard Alex Wolf and his 23 points a game because of a wrist injury that is expected to keep him sidelined until near tournament time.
``Things like that happen in this game,'' Parchment coach Larry Bailey said. ``We just have to adjust and regroup with the kids that are healthy.'' The game was nip and tuck throughout, with neither team ever being up by more than five points and the score being tied on 12 different occasions. ``We worked the last two days on collapsing in the post to try to take away some of their inside game,'' said Bailey, whose team defeated G-A, 64-54, on Dec. 30 despite being outrebounded 20-8 in the first half. ``We just ran into a well-coached team that made some big shots when they had to.'' Parchment did neutralize the post presence of the 6-foot-4 Roe and 6-3 Boersma as the Rams held only a slight 22-20 rebounding advantage.
Galesburg-Augusta had several opportunities to seal the win before Schug's last-second heroics. ``We had a chance to put them away early in the fourth quarter when we had a five-point lead,'' said G-A coach Mike Woodard, referring to his team missing all five of its fourth-quarter free-throw attempts. ``We still have to learn how to finish.'' Boersma added 12 points as the Rams hit an even 50 percent (17-of-34) from the field. Parchment converted on 16-of-42 shots (38 percent) including 7-of-21 from behind the arc. Senior Matt Chappell, who appears to be the Panthers' go-to guy in Wolf's absence, led Parchment with 14 points, including a 3-pointer with under a minute left to tie the game at 41. Junior guard Corey Verdon added 10.
Player Pts #11 2 #13 10** #21 7* #23 14** #25 OUT #31 #33 #35 #41 #43 2 #45 6** * = 3-pointer
Coach T comments: One call does not decide the outcome of a game nor does any "one" play. Sure, the travel nocall at the end of the game was a back breaker but the reality is that the officials missed a heck of a lot of calls on both ends of the floor. Bottom line, the refs were consistent and that is all you can really ask for. There were equal opportunity poor calls on both ends of the floor, especially down the stretch. Our O was inconsistent and our D was inconsistent and in the end we dropped a heart breaker to a GA squad that really is a lot better than most folks give them credit for. Their big fellas gave us fits all night long. They didn't shoot particularly well but GA was smart with their inside out approach to the game and in the end they snuck away with a nice victory. Let's face it, travel or no travel he still had to hit the big 3 at the buzzer and he did. No individuals were responsible for this loss. It was a team effort. The TEAM needs to put a positive spin on this game by going over the game possession by possession and figuring out what each and every person needs to do differently. And you need to do this ASAP because Tuesday's game is not going to be any kind of walk in the park. It's going to be a tough game in a hostile environment. But that's OK becuase we have the tools to win against anybody on any night of the week! Go P-town!!!
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