WHEELING - For the Wheeling Park boys on Friday night, history repeated itself.
For the second time this year, the Patriots watched as Parkersburg South went on a big run in the second quarter. However, this time, the Patriots from Wood County would not allow Park to attempt a comeback.
Ryan Reinbeau hit five 3s on the way to 20 points in just his second game back from injury, but it wasn't enough as Wheeling Park fell to South, 74-57, at Wheeling Park High School.
Wheeling Park’s Ryan Reinbeau (1) takes a jump shot over the defense of Parkersburgh South’s Kyle Foster (3).
''The game was similar (to the one) at South where we had a bad second quarter,'' Park coach Michael Jebbia said. ''We were down 14 at halftime, got it back to one, then they won by 12 or 13. If you throw out the 24-9 (second quarter Friday night), you at least have a chance in the fourth quarter. When you're down so many, it's very difficult.''
South coach Mike Fallon agreed saying, ''The first time we played, we got out to a real big lead on them, then they went on a run in the third. I think we did a better job of keeping them out of the paint (Friday night) and making them shoot shots from the perimeter with a hand up.''
The South Patriots (15-3) started the game with a 10-2 run and lead by eight twice more, but Park (6-10) kept chipping away and trailed by seven at the end of the first quarter, 24-17.
Then came Parkersburg South big spurt.
''During that stretch we played well,'' Fallon pointed out. ''That's one thing that I was telling our kids, we played as well during that stretch as we've played all year. We noticed some mismatches and just kind of took advantage of that.''
When the damage was all said and done, South had doubled its total and lead by 22 as both teams went into the locker room, 48-26.
''The problem was, they did a nice job in their 3-2 zone,'' Jebbia said. ''We got a little stagnate on offense and I think that effected our whole game. Then they made some shots.''
Another problem for Park was that the visitors finished 6 of 13 from behind the 3-point arc in the opening half, with Doug Dennis accounting for three of them. The 6-foot senior scored 14 of his 18 points in the first half.
Reinbeau then tried to give the Park Patriots a boost to start the third quarter with back-to-back 3-point bombs.
''The one problem is, we play a lot of guys, but some guys just aren't predictable,'' Jebbia said. ''Ryan, he's predictable. We know what we're going to get with him. He's going to make some shots. He's going to play hard. There are just some guys that right now we just don't know what's going to happen. It's like playing the lottery.
''It's different guys each night, but Ryan has been pretty consistent all year. He has come off the ankle injury and played two pretty good games against Morgantown and South.''
The hosts also got another boost from the late-blooming Zach Snedeker. The senior, who came into the game only averaging 5.4 points a night, scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half.
''Things were better in the second half,'' Jebbia said. ''We just got a little tougher as a team, but things didn't go our way.
''Snedeker plays hard, he's going battle. He's really been pretty good the last couple of games for us.''
Luke Saseen backed Reinbeau and Snedeker with 10 points.
Wes Mitchem led the visitors with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Cady Monroe added 12 points and nine boards.