Magnolia seniors Tyler Williamson and Jake Fruner each knocked in 18 points, while juniors Brooks Parsons and Leo Herrick posted 17 markers, to help lead the Blue Eagles past the Bishop Donahue Bishops, 79-65, Feb. 4 inside the MHS HammerDome.
The Bishops opened the scoring with six of the first eight points of the game, to take a 6-2 lead. The Blue Eagles fought back to close the gap within a bucket, at 9-7, after a Tyler Williamson triple.
However, Donahue tallied the next five points to double-up the Eagles at 14-7. But, the Eagles Fruner and Peau Halahingano tickled the twine with back-to-back threes to cut the Bishops' lead to one at 14-13. However, Donahue sank a deuce to end the first scoring, to lead 16-13 after one period of play.
The Eagles’ Brooks Parsons goes hard to the hole between Paden City defenders (#3) Trey Slider and (#1) Hayden Hizer in the first half for two of his 14 points.
Herrick sank a pair of free throws, and Fruner drilled his second three-ball to give the Eagles their first lead at 18-16 early in the second.
The Bishops quickly got the lead back with their own three-ball, but it was short-lived as Herrick and Fruner nailed deuces to give the Eagles the lead once more at, 22-21 Eagles.
However, Bishop scored the next seven points to go up 28-22; however, the Eagles would answer with a 11-0 to end the first half with a 33-28 lead. Highlighting the period was Parsons with six points.
Halfway through the third period, the Bishops netted 13 of the game's first 18 points to lead 41-38 that forced Magnolia to take a time out.
After the short breather, Parsons knocked in one of two charity tosses, and Herrick drilled a triple to take help Magnolia forge in front, 42-41.
Late in the third, Fruner sank a pair of long bonus treys to give the home team a 50-45 lead with just 1:48 to go in the third to force their visitors to take a timeout.
The teams split the last eight points of the quarter and the Eagles held a 54-49 lead after three.
In the finale quarter, the Eagles outscored the Bishops 25-16, highlighted by 10 points from Williamson, seven points from Herrick, and four points from both Parsons and Nick Priem to finish-off Donahue, 79-65.
Fruner had a career-high 18 points, which included four triples, with Williamson also adding 18 points, including a pair of three-balls. Parsons also had a career-high 17 points, that included nine free throws makes. Herrick, also had 17 points, including three long-distance bonus treys, while Priem netted six markers, and Halahingano sank a three ball.
Taylor Straughn scored a game-high 30 points for the Bishops, becoming the Bishops' all-time leading scorer with 1,586 points, while Koltin Keeth followed with 19 markers, that included three bonus treys.
Each team sank 26 field goals, but the Eagles made four more three-balls, while sinking 17-24 at the free throw line, to 7-7 for Donahue, that proved to be the deciding factor in the Blue Eagles win.
R.J. Goode contributed to this coverage.
Pilots Sweep Eagles
The River Pilots outscored the Magnolia Blue Eagles 16-4 in the third quarter to break open a close game, going on to defeat the Eagles, 58-34, on Feb. 3 at Magnolia High School Gymnasium.
After losing to the Pilots in their first match-up, 90-33, Magnolia took the air out of the ball somewhat, to be down only 25-15 at the break.
The Pilots picked things up a little in the third period, outscoring Magnolia 16-4, to grab a 41-19 advantage with eight minutes remaining.
With the game already out of range for a Magnolia come-back, the final eight minutes of play was spent mostly by the Pilots practicing their free throws. Meanwhile, the Eagles worked on their outside shooting, sinking five from beyond the arc, with Tyler Williamson and Peau Halahingano each connecting twice, and Jake Fruner once.
Lukas Islay netted a game-high 24 points, that included a three ball, while Parker Caretti and Drew Dietz each sank eight markers. Michael Collins netted seven points, while Isaac Curtis and Jordan Doty each delivered four points. Cody Hupp tallied three points to end all the Pilot scoring.
Williamson paced the Blue Eagles with a bakers dozen, including a pair of triples, while Halahingano sank a pair of three-pointers. Fruner netted five markers, that included a trey, while Nick Priem tallied four points. Leo Herrick and Brooks Parsons both had three points for all the Blue Eagle scoring.
R.J. Goode contributed to this coverage.
Second Half Key to Eagles Win
The Wildcats'Aaron Heasley scored a career-high 41 points, including eight baskets from beyond the arc, but it wasn't quite enough to get past Magnolia, 67-63, in an important sectional-seeding matchup Jan. 31 inside Bob Burton Gymnasium.
It was the Brooks Parsons and Heasley Show early on as these two tallied the game's first four buckets, with Heasley cashing in twice from long-distance, and draining a charity toss, while Parsons netted his baskets in close to give Paden City a 7-4 lead.
The Eagles' Tyler Williamson and Leo Herrick added two-pointers, before Heasley sank his third triple of the quarter.
However, Williamson sank a deuce before the Wildcats' Hayden Hizer and the Eagles' Herrick each lit one up from way outside to end period one all tied up at 12. The Wildcats put up one inside at the buzzer, but the Eagles' Peau Halahingano was on hand to reject it to keep it tied up.
Heasley sank 10 of the Wildcats' 13 points, while Herrick, Williamson and Parsons shared theirs.
Heasley opened the second period with his fourth triple, but the Eagles' Herrick and Parsons each sank a deuce for the visitors.
Heasley knocked down a pair of freebies at the free throw line and a basket inside to give the lead back to the home team.
However, the Eagles' Nick Priem sank both his free throws, and Parsons made a steal and went the distance to give the lead back to Magnolia for the last time until late in the final period.
Hizer and Heasley combined for nine of their last 11 points, while Williamson tallied the Blue Eagles last points of the half, with Paden City on top, 31-23.
Heasley scored 11 points in the quarter, while Hizer added five markers and Bohrer a deuce. For Magnolia, Parsons led the way with a pair of baskets.
Parsons tallied a rebound putback to open the second half, while Priem made a steal and pitched it off to Herrick that forced a quick timeout by Paden City.
Heasley answered with a quick deuce, but Williamson answered with a three-ball. After a Bohrer putback, the Eagles' Jake Fruner sank a long basket from beyond the arc, but Heasley sank a pair of free throws and another three-ball in between a Parsons two-pointer at the four minute mark.
After a timeout, the Eagles went on a 7-0 run to take the lead at 42-40. But again Heasley would answer with another basket from well beyond the arc to give his team the lead back once more.
But a Williamson deuce and a Eli Nice free throw gave Magnolia a 45-44 advantage heading into the fourth period.
Parsons and Herrick paced the Eagles with four points each in the period, while Heasley sank 10 for the Wildcats.
Herrick scored 13 of his team-high 24 points in the fourth period to go along with a pair of three point baskets, while Heasley led the Wildcats with 10 points, including a pair of triples.
After a pair of Hizer free throws, the game was on the line at 62-61 with Magnolia on top. The game would be won or loss at the charity stripe.
The Eagles would sink, 5-13, while the 'Cats Matt Saxson sank both Paden City tries to end the game. Magnolia was only 9-19 from the line, while Paden City sank 14-19, but Magnolia would score six more baskets, and Paden City three more bonus treys.
Heasley scored a career-high 41 points and grab 10 rebounds for a double-double, while Hizer tacked on 13 points, Saxson five and Bohrer, four points.
Herrick scored a team-high 24 points, while Williamson and Parsons shared 30 points. Fruner delivered seven points, including a pair of triples, while Priem netted five and Nice one point.