PARKERSBURG - It took until the fourth quarter for host Parkersburg South to finally wear down Brooke, but that's exactly what the Patriots did Friday evening inside a warm Rod Oldham Athletic Center during an 83-63 victory.
Head coach Mike Fallon's Patriots, now 2-0 with a road trip next Friday to Point Pleasant, were dominated on the glass in the first half (30-16), but led 42-36 at intermission thanks in part to winning the turnover battle, 19-7.
"I was proud of them. That was a team win," Fallon said. "We were giving them too many second chances (12 offensive rebounds) in the first half."
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Parkersburg South head coach Mike Fallon gives some advice just moments before the starting lineup was announced Friday evening inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center.
Brooke 6-5 sophomore Thomas Cole collected the only double-double, going for game-highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Cole, who added three blocks, picked up two quick fouls late in the third and fouled out early in the fourth as the visitors only trailed 61-54 heading into the final period.
Cole gave the Bruins, who were playing in their season opener and travel to St. Clairsville tonight, a quick 4-0 cushion, but PSHS answered with a 9-0 run to take the lead for good. JR Kerr, who joined Logan Fryfogle in scoring 10 points, made 3 of 4 from the charity line. Two of those came via a technical foul against Bruin Aquil Dameron, who was wearing number 12, but was in the scorebook as number 30.
It was Kerr's triple followed by a Logan Lawrentz (15 points) trifecta which gave the Patriots the 9-4 cushion at 4:44 of the first.
Tristan Stone's deuce from a Cody Monroe inbounds pass resulted in an easy lay-in and gave Parkersburg South a 19-13 advantage after the first eight minutes.
Nathan Green tallied two of his dozen markers at 7:05 of the second as Brooke cut the gap to 19-17, but the closest the visitors got the rest of the way was when Nick DeStefano (10 points) hit a bomb late in the stanza to make it 33-32.
Monroe, who had team-highs of seven rebounds, four assists and seven steals, put the Patriots ahead 56-47 at 3:14 of the third following his steal and layup. Brooke fought back and closed it to 56-54 after an inside bucket by Joey Staffileno from a Russell Schwertfeger (14 points, eight rebounds, five assists) feed. However, a 14-foot jumper by Garrett Gilkeson and a Fryfogle 3-pointer via a Tyler Shelton assist gave the Patriots a seven point cushion entering the final eight minutes.
Parkersburg South owned the fourth and that was due in large part to Ty Dobson, who started it off with a three-point play. He followed that with a trey and a spinning turn around jumper in the paint as the Patriots cruised to victory.
Dobson finished with 12 points and six steals. Fellow Patriot Dylon Rippeto chipped in eight markers.