No. 9 Beckley tops Big Reds

PARKERSBURG – Playing its first game in nearly two weeks, Woodrow Wilson unleashed a furry of 3-pointers in the first half here Wednesday night inside Memorial Fieldhouse en route to a 62-45 Mountain State Athletic Conference triumph against host Parkersburg.

The Flying Eagles of head coach Ron Kidd trailed 9-8 about midway through the first quarter, but went on a 22-2 run and never looked back as Class AAA’s ninth-ranked squad improved to 6-2.

Winners of five straight, the visitors received a huge boost from reserve Brent Osborne, who tallied 15 of his game-high 16 markers during the spurt.

Ja’Darien Wade led the Big Reds with 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, but head man Jeff Mennillo’s program has little time to think about the setback with Wheeling Park coming to town at 5:45 p.m. today in a varsity-only affair.

Michael Ramsey’s triple and ensuing lay-in following a Jordan Colebank steal put Beckley in a 5-0 hole just 1:15 in. However, Donte Nabors and Jaylon Breckenridge knocked down a pair of 3s for a 6-5 cushion. Levi Hays’ trifecta, part of his eight markers, gave PHS its last lead at 9-8 with 4:25 left in the opening stanza.

Osborne then put on a show, draining his first 3-pointer just 10 ticks later as Beckley led for good. Chase Hancock, who joined Nabors with eight points, followed with a trey and when Osborne hit again, it was 17-9. Wade then added two foul shots and made it a two-possession contest for the last time before Hancock sank a 15-foot jumper via a Nick Deems assist and Osborne connected for his third straight 3-pointer with two seconds left.

Beckley, which hit 6 of 8 from deep in the opening quarter, led 30-11 with 4:50 to go in the half after Osborne drilled two more treys and Breckenridge, who added seven points along with team-highs of eight boards and four assists, sank two charity-stripe freebies.

PHS (3-8) trailed 37-18 at intermission and had 11 turnovers in the second quarter. The Big Reds managed just 18 field-goal attempts in the first half, compared to Beckley’s 37.

Beckley’s cushion grew to 24 at 43-19 just 1:35 into the third period when Nequan Carrington scored consecutive deuces and Noah Hancock tallied two of his nine counters.

Nabors added seven boards and three steals while teammate Dai Dai Fortune scored six points.

Colebank finished with seven points while Ramsey and Trevor Woodyard had five apiece.

Woodrow Wilson, which led 49-28 entering the final eight minutes, returns to action at 7:20 p.m. Friday versus University in the Big Atlantic Classic.