Paden City's and Union's boys' teams locked horns Friday in the WVHIT Division 11 Championship at Robert C. Byrd High School. The Wildcats, who earned the berth in the championship game with a win over Meadow Bridge last week, were looking for a repeat win over Union, a team they had edged out 56-52 a couple weeks ago at home.
The Wildcats fell behind by four in the first quarter. At the half, there was only a five point lead for the Tigers. However Paden City had a big third quarter and went up by seven, 38-31, heading down the stretch. Union took control in the fourth and held Paden City to seven points while putting up 22 of its own for a 53-45 win to claim the championship and take home the title.
Paden City was led by Aaron Heasley, with 15 points and 12 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Tigers had three players in double digits led by Clayton Burdak, who claimed game scoring honors with 19. Also scoring for the Tigers was Trenton Reed with 14 and Colton Reed with 10. The Wildcats received eight points from Seth Bohrer and Hayden Hizer while E.J. Weber pumped in seven, as did Matt Saxon.
The Wildcats, who were plagued by poor shooting (34 percent) and turnovers (18), fell to 9-11 on the season while Union improved to 12-9 . Heasley has three 3s in the contest while Saxon added one.
Clay-Battelle Rattles Paden City, 57-35
Clay-Battelle rattled Paden City without the services of point guard Hayden Hizer, due to an illness, to split the season series,
57-35, in boys roundball action Feb. 7 in Blacksville.
After holding their own in the first period at 18-15, the Wildcats would only score single-digits for the first time all season in the
next three periods.
Paden City only had one player in double-digits in Aaron Heasley with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Seth Bohrer and Marcus Allen evenly split 16 points. Trey Slider sank two baskets from beyond the arc, while Matt Saxson followed closely with one three-pointer for all the Wildcat scoring.
Tanner Barnette tallied a game-high 15 points, while Seth Casino netted 12, and Spencer Chisler, 11 points to lead Clay-Battelle.
Clay-Battelle game coverage by Bruce Crawford.