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Ford leads Hawks over Applemen in regular-season finale

MORGANTOWN — The College boys basketball staff was down a few regulars Thursday night, however you by no means would have recognized it by the best way their replacements performed because the Hawks closed their common season with a 66-56 win over visiting Musselman on Baker’s Ridge.

These replacements set the tone early as senior Carson Ford and sophomore Glenn Brown, making his first varsity begin, mixed for 18 of the staff’s 23 factors within the first quarter.

“I used to be actually pleased with these guys,” UHS coach Joe Schmidle mentioned. “I believed Glenn Brown did a extremely good job. He’s been harm and has had restricted minutes all season and he got here in and hit some huge nook threes.” 

Brown sank a pair of three-pointers within the first body, nevertheless it was Ford who caught hearth early, placing by means of 5 photographs together with a pair of triples of his personal within the first.

“(I needed) to simply go on the market with confidence and never hesitate,” Ford mentioned. “Simply do what I do, which is shoot.”

And shoot he did, as Ford completed with a game-high 22 factors and 4 treys. Ford made three of the College’s (12-10) first 4 baskets and he mentioned it was these early makes that bought him going.

“In all probability after the primary two I knew I used to be sizzling as a result of they have been from fairly deep,” he mentioned. “A number of time if I miss the primary shot I get in my head that I’m going to overlook and I often don’t have a very good recreation. However when these first couple go in, it’s going to essentially give me a variety of confidence to maintain taking pictures.”

The Applemen (12-9) tightened their protection on Ford after the primary body, however he nonetheless managed to hit two extra threes the remainder of the best way.

“Anyone that is aware of Carson is aware of that he’s that man,” Schmidle mentioned. “If these first couple go in, be careful.”

Due to Ford’s early flurry, the Hawks jumped forward 21-7 within the first six minutes of play. A trio of threes from the Applemen lower the result in 23-18 on the finish of the primary quarter. College later led 35-24 at halftime.

“The youngsters simply appear to be taking part in rather well collectively proper now, they’re actually unselfish,” Schmidle mentioned. “We had 23 discipline targets (Thursday) and 19 assists. Anytime you are able to do that you already know persons are sharing the ball properly.”

Musselman opened the second half with a 7-1 scoring run that made it a five-point recreation, 36-31, however senior James Fortney-Garbart and Luke Huson every nailed a three-pointer to construct College’s lead proper again as much as 42-31. All informed, the Hawks linked 11 instances from vary on Thursday.

Simply as Brown and Ford had down within the first quarter, junior Coen Henderson stepped up within the third, coming off the bench to steer UHS with seven factors within the body.

“Our younger guys are doing an incredible job,” Schmidle mentioned. “I believed Coen Henderson got here in and did a improbable job, simply performed an entire ground recreation defensively and offensively.”

Schmidle defined that Henderson missed practically a whole yr of basketball with an damage and has been constructing his confidence again up all season.

“He had gone nearly two years with out taking part in basketball, so it’s taken him slightly little bit of time to get snug,” Schmidle mentioned. “However the Coen Henderson that we knew he may very well be, he’s coming round and he’s getting there.”

The Applemen had one last push in them for the fourth quarter, however a 7-0 run solely made it a 10-point recreation, 61-51, earlier than College was capable of put the sport away within the last minutes.

Ford led UHS with 22 factors and Henderson was second with 10. Brown and John Coleman every had 9.

Troy Wollaston led Musselman with 14 factors whereas Anden Santamaria scored 10 off the bench.

College strikes onto the postseason now and can host Preston in a Class AAAA Area I, Part 2 semifinal subsequent Wednesday at 7 p.m.

At halftime, College acknowledged its junior varsity staff which, with a 72-34 win over the Applemen Thursday, completed the season an ideal 18-0.

BOX SCORE
College 66, Musselman 56
Muss 18 6 18 14 — 56
UHS 23 12 21 10 — 66
MUSSELMAN (12-9) — C. Shelton 2 0-0 5; McClain 3 0-0 8; L. Shelton 1 0-0 2; Mahood 3 1-1 7; Wollaston 5 4-6 14; Santamaria 4 1-1 10; Whyte 0 2-2 2; Bartles 2 0-0 6; Bunny 1 0-0 2; Brown 0 0-0 0.
UNIVERSITY (12-10) — Coleman 3 3-3 9; 3 0-0 9; Brown 2 1-2 7; Ford 8 2-2 22; Fortney-Garbart 2 2-2 7; Lewis 1 0-0 2; Henderson 4 1-4 10.
3-Pt. Objectives — Musselman 6 (McClain 2, Bartles 2, C. Shelton 1, Santamaria 1). College 11 (Ford 4, Hudson 3, Brown 2, Fortney-Garbart 1, Henderson 1).