Big Reds rap Nitro, 59-42

PARKERSBURG – “A really, really good second half” – coming from three down at halftime to take the lead for good late in the third quarter, then outscoring visiting Nitro 17-3 in the fourth quarter to put the game away – propelled Parkersburg High to a 59-42 boys basketball victory over the Wildcats Friday night at Memorial Fieldhouse.

With the win, the Big Reds (3-6) snapped a six-game losing streak and will next play at Winfield at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Nitro, still winless on the season, saw its record drop to 0-7.

For PHS, a pair of juniors, Ja’Darien Wade and Michael Ramsey led the way with 20 and 18 points respectively, while another junior, Jordan Colebank, added nine.

Trevon Taylor paced Nitro with 13 points, followed by Brandon Preece and Josiah Bosely with eight each and Tyler Barton with seven.

From a 2-0 lead, PHS trailed from then on through the rest of the first half and for over half the third quater until Wade sank a rebound bucket at the 3:48 mark for a 35-34 Big Red advantage.

The lead then changed hands twice with two ties before a Ramsey rebound bucket gave PHS the lead for good at 40-38, and a Ramsey hoop with 26.9 seconds left in the period made it 42-39 going to the fourth quarter.

With PHS clinging to a 46-42 lead, the Big Reds scored the game’s last 13 points in the final 3:40 – Ramsey with five, Wade four, and Colebank and Darius Basta two each – to finish with a flourish.

“It was an ugly game, but a good team win,” said PHS head coach Jeff Mennillo. “It was 46-42 forever, and we could’ve lost it or they could’ve won it during that stretch. But we came through and handled a late-game situation right there pretty well.

“It was a good second half – a really, really good second half. We needed it (the win) to put some wind in our sails.”