Scott Tops Magnolia To Capture Classic
KIDWELL -As the last few seconds ticked off the clock in the championship game of the Boggs Roundball Classic at Tyler Consolidated High School on Saturday night, Scott coach Jason Kingery was caught in something of a bittersweet moment.
On one hand, his team had just drubbed Magnolia, 72-51, to win the tournament’s title – a reason for any coach to smile.
Then his players reminded him of something he’d said prior to the season.
”I told the kids if we won a tournament this year, I’d run the Vegas running drill that I make them run all the time,” Kingery said.
So there he was minutes after the game, running drills on the Knights’ floor as his players yelled and counted them off with every bit as much fervor and animation as the coach displayed during the game.
”Here I am 5 minutes later,” Kingery said, ”and I’m still out of breath.”
One day after beating Wheeling Central, 69-53, in the opening round behind 30 points from big man Justin Harmon, Scott took a lead 2 minutes into the game and never let it go, though this time, Harmon was held to eight points.
It was David Ward and Matt Dolan, each with 19 points, and Marshall Tully, with 16, doing in Magnolia.
Kingery says it’s usually Ward or Harmon – pick one if you’re an opposing defense.
”If you clamp on one, you have to be ready for the other,” the coach said.
Magnolia simply didn’t have the answers.
”You have to give them credit,” Blue Eagles coach Dave Tallman said. ”They had a couple of bigs in there and we had trouble matching up, but I just don’t think we played very well offensively. We had some opportunities, we just having jelled offensively.”
It’s true. Magnolia generally gets in the 70s without breaking a sweat, but it struggled for everything it got in this one.
”That’s not our game at all,” Tallman said of the 51 points. ”We took it to the hole. We’re getting to the rim, we’re just not finishing yet.”
Jordan Moore, who hit a trio of 3-pointers, and Mark Winters each scored 15 points to pace the Blue Eagles, who twice yielded runs of six or more to the Skyhawks.
”We played with a lot of pride,” Kingery said. ”This was a big game for us because we want some respect around the state of West Virginia and we knew if we came up here and beat Wheeling Central and Magnolia, we’d get that. We’re going to build off that and work harder. We’ve got big goals this year. This is just one step.”