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Savage, Johnson assist carry Mohigans to part championship over Wheeling Park

MORGANTOWN — The field rating on the finish of this text gained’t present the whole lot Brady Savage did on Friday night time.

The Morgantown Excessive Faculty junior was all over the place although in a 60-46 win over Wheeling Park. The victory secured the Class AAAA Area I, Part 1 boys’ basketball title for the Mohigans (22-1).

Savage completed with seven factors and 7 rebounds, however it was the little issues that stood out within the victory.

“He was big tonight,” MHS head coach Dave Tallman stated. “We had different guys that had been form of sleepwalking and never able to play on the bench. So, he logged most likely about half-hour which isn’t what he sometimes does. He’s a workhorse inside for us and on the boards.”

It was Savage who was consistently round free balls, double-teaming on the MHS press and harassing the Wheeling Park offense.

“I do know if I do the soiled work and something I can to assist the crew win then it opens everybody else as much as make pictures,” Savage stated. “I’ve to offer one hundred pc effort on a regular basis – that’s simply the person who I’m.”

Even with Savage doing these little issues, the Patriots (15-8) had the Mohigans on the ropes within the third quarter.

With 5:24 left within the third, MHS standout Sharron Younger picked up his third foul and was pressured to the bench with simply 4 factors.

That’s when backup level guard Marty Johnson went to work. With MHS trailing 35-29, it was Johnson who scored six factors throughout a 14-2 run that spanned the tip of the third quarter and into the fourth earlier than the Patriots may reply. By that point, the Mohigans had constructed a 43-37 lead.

“The ironic factor is we received Younger to the bench, and so they went on a run,” Wheeling Park head coach Michael Jebbia stated. “They hit a few large pictures and went from being down six, to up six.”

With that six-point lead, the Mohigans turned again to Younger who scored 11 of his 15 factors within the fourth quarter.

“Sharron has been sick the final three or 4 days and hasn’t practiced,” Tallman stated. “He’s not feeling good and it form of confirmed tonight. However within the fourth quarter, he was our nearer. I informed him that I simply wanted eight minutes and he got here up large.”

The Patriots relied on the three-point taking pictures of junior Aiden Davis who completed with 5 triples and a complete of 21 factors. Mykel Davis added 14 factors because the Patriots had simply three gamers rating within the recreation.

“I feel our depth actually confirmed up tonight,” Tallman stated. “I imply, be careful for Marty Johnson subsequent 12 months and the remainder of this 12 months. He’s a backup level guard and doesn’t get lots of press, however he did a heck of a job defensively and he’s most likely probably the greatest defenders within the state.”

Izzy Everett led the MHS assault with 17 factors whereas Johnson and Younger every scored 15.

The Mohigans, the two-time defending state champions, will now host cross-town rival College on Thursday within the Class AAAA Regional with a visit to Charleston on the road.

BY ERIC HERTER

BOX SCORE
Morgantown 60, Wheeling Park 46
              1            2            3            4            F
WPHS  13          14          10          9            46
MHS     12          11          20          17          60
WPHS – A. Davis 8 2-2 23, Johnson 4 0-0 9, M. Davis 6 0-0 14, Ok. Davis 0 0-0 0, Lewis 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 2-2 46.
MHS – Everett 6 2-4 17, King 2 0-0 4, Younger 5 4-4 15, Shrewsberry 1 0-0 2, Savage 3 1-2 7, Johnson 5 5-6 15. Totals 22 12-16 60.
3-Pointers – WPHS: A. Davis 5, Johnson, M. Davis 2. MHS: Everett 3, Younger.
Fouled Out – WPHS: Lewis.