Buckeye State boys make it three in a row vs. West Virginia, 114-108, in BACF
PARKERSBURG — The three-headed monster of River’s Lukas Isaly, Trimble’s Randy Hixson and Meadowbrook’s Trey Singleton proved to be a little too much for host West Virginia to handle here Friday night inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center as the Buckeyes defeated the Mountaineers, 114-108, to win the 17th annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis Basketball Classic.
Ohio, which trails 12-5 in the overall series, won its third straight as Buckeye head coach Mark Romick of River ran his all-time BACF mark to 3-0.
Isaly came up an assist shy of a triple-double in being honored as the Ohio MVP. To go along with his game-high nine dimes, he also had a game-high 28 points and tied Ravenswood’s Isaiah Morgan, who was the Mountain State MVP, for game-high rebounding honors with a dozen apiece.
Morgan’s 24 markers led West Virginia, which was coached by Ravenswood’s Mick Price, who watched his squad go from a 44-38 lead late in the second quarter to a 52-46 halftime deficit thanks to an Ohio 14-2 run, which featured two 3s from Hixson (23 points) and one each from Isaly and Waterford big man Travis Pottmeyer (eight points).
Playing four 11-minute quarters, Ohio stretched its advantage to eight at 84-76 after three thanks to three late points from Vinton County’s Jake Speakman and a trey by Hixson. It was a Hixson 3 earlier in the stanza which made it 78-70, but the hosts were able to claw back to within a pair after 3s by Parkersburg’s Seth Dailey and Parkersburg South’s Kerywn Marshall, who had a game-high three blocks and joined ex-South Patriot teammate Cole Plants in scoring a dozen counters.
South’s Shane Snider, who finished with 15 points, opened the fourth with a 3 thanks to an assist from George Washington’s Alex Cook. W.Va. cut it to one at 84-83 after a Morgan deuce and two Plants foul shots.
W.Va. led 90-86 with 7:39 left in the affair following a Snider make from downtown and still again at 92-89 when George Washington’s Matthew Cook, who tallied a baker’s dozen in the scoring column, got a putback. He finished with 10 rebounds.
A made foul shot by Warren’s Josh Huffman and a 3 by Singelton pushed the Buckeyes ahead 93-92 with 5:37 to play. A tough up-and-under reverse lay-in by Ravenswood’s Jayden Rhodes tied it at 96-all, but Singleton then found Hixson open for another 3 and the Tomcat drained it for a 99-96 advantage at the 3:15 mark to put the visitors ahead for good.
Following a W.Va. timeout, the Mountaineers had a turnover, which led to a Singleton bucket. W.Va. closed it to 103-101 thanks to yet another Snider trifecta, but Islay scored on a tough take to the hole and Speakman got one to go inside on a scooping lay-in to push the cushion to six.
W.Va., which shot 10 of 33 from downtown compared to Ohio’s 14 of 41 effort, made 39.6 percent from the field overall on 44 of 111 attempts. Ohio shot 45.8 percent, going 38 of 83.
Singleton finished with 23 points and missed a double-double by one rebound. Speakman had nine points while Fairland guard Ty Staten had four points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
Plants also added five boards, four assists and three steals. Ritchie County’s Chase Sullivan and Parkersburg’s Parker Miller had six points apiece as too did Rhodes.
Warren’s Troy Huck won the dunk competition while Plants was the runner-up. Morgan won the 3-point shootout as Marietta’s Anthony Avendano, who had eight points in the game, placed second.