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Excessive-energy 2nd half lifts College boys over rival Preston

KINGWOOD – With regards to WV varsity basketball, power and energy generally is a distinction maker.  

Within the first half, the enhancing Preston boys group shook off their snow-day-induced rust and performed with depth and goal to forge a 23-22 lead on the break at house towards rival College. Nonetheless, regardless of persistent capturing woes, the Hawks turned up their defensive depth in an amazing third quarter to roar previous the Knights and prevail, 73-49. 

The primary quarter was dominated by UHS junior heart Zach Demidovich in his first varsity begin, as he labored the paint for 8 factors, resulting in a 14-9 Hawks lead. However the Knights rebounded within the second quarter, cleansing up their turnovers and on the defensive boards, and strong work from their very own junior massive man, Aaron White, helped PHS to slide forward by some extent at halftime. 

“I assumed we did properly within the first half, each in breaking their press, defending and particularly rebounding,” Preston coach Bucky Forbes stated. “However you simply can’t come out flat towards sturdy, up-tempo groups like College. You want 32 minutes of focus and depth to compete.”

At halftime, the Knights honored former cheerleader Allyson Chandler, who earned All-American standing this previous season as a Marshall cheerleader.

Initially of the second half, it was the Hawks who got here out impressed as they merely overwhelmed the sluggish Knights. The UHS press — led by senior chief and “glue man” John Coleman — was devastating, forcing 10 turnovers that led on to straightforward lay-ins, and Preston wasn’t capable of grind their method again into it. College blasted out with a 32-6 quarter to steer 54-29 after three and primarily put the sport away.  

“Thank goodness our press was working tonight,” UHS coach Joe Schmidle smiled, shaking his head. “We hit precisely zero pictures from outdoors the paint. Zero. We’re battling our shot as a group, and whereas we will not be an particularly good capturing group, we’re not that unhealthy. However all we will do is preserve capturing, preserve getting the ball to Zach down low – he was actually sturdy and purposeful tonight – and preserve giving that sort of effort on protection. After we play onerous like that, we will be fairly good.” 

Demidovich led all scorers with 32, together with a powerful 10 journeys to the road and 14-19 capturing from the charity stripe to go together with 9 discipline objectives. Coleman scored a strong 17, and Ethan Jackson chipped in 10 for UHS. Brier Rugg paced the Knights with 13, whereas White completed his efficient evening with a dozen factors. 

“I preferred our high-low offense at instances,” Forbes stated, “and I do know we’re a greater group than we have been final yr. I hope the climate will enable us to get extra time within the fitness center to work on issues we have to enhance. I like what I’ve seen from our children. We’re getting full buy-in, and we’ll simply preserve working and getting higher.”    

Within the JV sport, College took benefit of very balanced scoring to defeat Preston 90-37. Mason Kemper paced the Hawks with 12, whereas Coltin Myers led all scorers with 20 for the Knights. 

The Knights are off till the Thursday after Christmas after they journey to face Philip Barbour in a vacation event at Lincoln, whereas the Hawks journey to Charleston, SC for the Carolina Invitational Event subsequent Thursday by Saturday. 


College 73, Preston 49
College  14    8   32   19  – 73
Preston         9  14    6    20 –  49
UNIVERSITY (3-2) — Ethan Jackson 4 2-3 10; KK Lewis 2 0-0 4; Luke Hudson 1 0-0 2; Zach Demidovich 9 14-19 32;  James Garbart 2 2-2 6; John Coleman 7 3-3 17; Coen Henderson 1 0-0 2. Totals 26 21-27 73. 
PRESTON (2-3) — Brier Rugg 4 3-3 13; Kaden Bachtel 2 0-2 4; Tristan Smith 1 3-6 6; Easton Hayes 2 0-0 5; Slaton Manko 2 0-0 5; Aaron White 5 2-4 12; Aiden Schmidl 1 0-0 2;  Chase Graham 0 2-2 2. Totals 17 10-17 49.
3-Pt. Targets – PHS 5 (Smith, Rugg 2, Hayes, Manko) 
Fouled Out – PHS Manko