Parchment erased a 12-point hole Tuesday in their 50-48 boys basketball win at Hackett Catholic. It was the first basketball battle since 2015 between the former and future conference rivals and if Tuesday was any indication, a strong rivalry awaits once the Panthers join the SAC next season.
The game saw eight lead changes early on with Parchment ahead 9-8 after the first quarter. The Irish took the lead back at the start of the second and held on until late in the fourth quarter. Hackett’s lead in the first half was as large as nine before settling on a 24-19 halftime score. HCP’s lead was 10 to close the third quarter and reached its zenith of 12 points early in the fourth.
The Panthers chipped away, taking their first lead of the second half on back-to-back three-pointers by Evan Jasiak within the final two minutes of play. Parchment forced a miss and then was able to drain the clock down to 24 seconds before being forced to the foul line. Tony Williams hit both free throws for a 48-45 Parchment lead.
Hackett tied the game back up on a Jacob Wells straightaway three with about 10 seconds left. The Panthers raced down to the other end and went back ahead on a bucket by Alexander Guzior with 2.8 seconds to go.
After a timeout, HCP’s Christian Bartholomew flung the ball from one end to the other. It was deflected to Connor Wurtz and he missed a long two, followed by a put-back from Wells that went in. However, Wells’ shot was nullified, as it left his hands a split-second after the buzzer had sounded.
Williams led all players with 24 points for Parchment. Wells had 19 for the Irish, followed by 11 from Connor Cavanaugh.
The win moves the Panthers to 3-3 overall and drops HCP to 2-4. Both teams have home games ahead for Friday with Parchment hosting BCS foe Bridgman and Hackett meeting SAC Valley rival Constantine.
Tony Williams 24 points, 6-8 FTs
Evan Jasiak 8 points
Andre Whiteside 8 points
Alexander Guzior 5 points
Aaron Jasiak 5 points
Free Throws: 7-10
Three Pointers: 5
Jacob Wells 19 points
Connor Cavanaugh 11 points
Stephen Kwapis 4 points
Christian Bartholomew 4 points
Rhodes Conroy 4 points
Stephen Widger 2 points
Ryan Cook 2 points
Tommy Keyte 2 points
Free Throws: 8-9
Three Pointers: 4