12:05 I arrived at the Charleston Civic Center to catch the very end of St. Joseph defeating Williamstown 81-58 in girls’ action. Man knocked off Paden City 57-36 in a boys’ contest in the first game of the day.
Now we’re ready for a boys’ game between St. Joseph and Williamstown, two of the top teams in Class A Region 4. This has a chance to be the best game of the day here at the Civic Center.
12:45 St. Joe leads Williamstown 30-23 at the half. The Irish got off to a very sluggish start and have not shot well in the first half, but once they started going to the basket a little more, Williamstown had trouble defending them. St. Joe provides several matchup problems.
Deaundra Murphy scored 14 of his 16 first half points in the second quarter, and Jacob Strieter has added 9 for St. Joe. Isaac Brown has 8 to lead the Yellow Jackets.
1:50 Williamstown pulled out a tough 68-60 win over St. Joe in overtime. The Irish led 49-41 at the end of the third and seemed to have control of the game, but Williamstown scored the first nine points of the first quarter to grab the lead, and the game was tight the rest of the way. The game was tied at 60 as time ran down, but John Dawson’s 3-point attempt to win it for St. Joe would not fall.
Williamstown scored the lone point of the first 2:30 of overtime and clung to a 61-60 lead. The Jackets were a solid 7-of-8 from the line down the stretch from there to seal the victory. Riley Allen finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead Williamstown. Brown added 22 points and 9 boards, and Landon Travis 17 points and 11 boards. Murphy finished with 19 points to lead St. Joe, with Strieter adding 13 points and 13 rebounds.
This is a really nice win for Williamstown. I was not sure how they would handle the athleticism that St. Joe has, especially at the guard position, but they did an excellent job on defense. Outside of a stretch in the second quarter, they did a good job of keeping the Irish from getting to the rim and force them into outside shots. St. Joe had a rough shooting game (6-of-32 from behind the arc) and could not overcome it. There is still a lot of basketball to be played, but it certainly feels like both of these squads will be playing in the state tournament out of Region 4.
Up next, Liberty (Raleigh) will take on Indian Creek (OH).
2:25 Indian Creek (OH) leads Liberty (Raleigh) 22-19 at the half in a contest that has been close throughout. Dylan Dickens and Jacob Daniel lead Liberty with 6 apiece, and Noah Wimbish has added 5.
3:05 Indian Lake held on for a 54-45 victory over Liberty. The Raiders never could make a run at the lead in the second half. Dickens finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Liberty, with Wimbish adding 13 points and Tyler Sloan 10.
Scott and St. Albans boys coming up next.
4:40 St. Albans came away with a 62-58 win over Scott. The Skyhawks pushed out to a 9-point lead early in the fourth quarter, but St. Albans answered quickly to cut the lead back to two. They took the lead late and knocked down some free throws and big shots to secure the win.
Philip Hall was huge in the fourth quarter for the Red Dragons, scoring 15 of his 22 points in the final period while grabbing 15 rebounds. Dujuan Dawson knocked down a couple of huge 3-pointers late and finished with 18 points, and Zach Smith added 13. Tanner Bell led all scorers with 23 points for Scott, and Alan Johnson added 18.
St. Albans and Logan girls are up next, but that was the last game I’ll be able to watch today. I’ll be back bright and early in the morning for all of tomorrow’s action.