Parkersburg’s Mason Cyran (4) drives to the hoop during Monday’s game against Warren at Memorial Fieldhouse in Parkersburg. (Photo by Aaron Lee)
PARKERSBURG – On Monday, two teams from opposite sides of the Ohio River faced off for the second time this season as they both continued to get ready for tournament season. Back in December, Parkersburg beat Warren on its home court, 74-72. This time, the Warriors returned the favor in convincing fashion, beating the Big Reds, 75-47.
The Warriors got out to a 23-15 lead by the end of the first. Both Warren’s Jacob Sealey and Isaac Dailey of the Big Reds had two triples in the period. Also in the first, Parkersburg’s Isaiah Walker successfully converted an and-1.
There continued to be a high volume of threes in the second, with Julian Stadelman and Sealey of Warren as well as Mason Cyran of Parkersburg all draining trifectas. Warren expanded its lead to 43-30 by halftime, but the Warriors did rack up a number of fouls in the second half of the quarter. The Warriors were able to keep Parkersburg at bay, however.
Warren put the game out of reach in the third. Sealey hit his game-high fourth 3 as the team’s lead continued to expand. Chase Lupardus of the Warriors hit back-to-back baskets in the midst of a long scoring run for Warren in the third. During the second basket, which was a putback on a miss by Stadelman, Lupardus drew a foul and made the free throw for an and-1.
Stadelman and Lupardus combined for four straight free throw makes later after both a personal foul and a technical foul were committed by the Big Reds in quick succession. The Warriors were up 59-38 going into the fourth, with both teams beginning to swap in more bench players in the final period.
Dailey led the Big Reds with 10 points and three triples. Stadelman had a game-high 26 for the Warriors, with Sealey and Trent Taylor at 12 and 11 respectively. Taylor led the field with seven rebounds.
Warriors head coach Blane Maddox said of the game, “I thought we played a composed game, a controlled game. We took very good care of the basketball. We were ready for their zone traps. All around a great game for our team.”
On Warren’s long scoring run and the previous loss to the Big Reds, he commented, “I think we went on a 16-0 run or something like that in that quarter. That was great. We just kept our composure and battled and battled. I’m really proud. We let one slip away up there (at home). They played really well up there, and we didn’t know what we’d be getting into tonight, but I thought we really came in with good confidence. We need to just carry this out for the rest of the season.”
Throughout the two remaining regular season games for Warren, Maddox wants the Warriors to, “Get better like tonight. This is tournament play. We want our schedule strong at the end, and it is. We’re on the road all three times, so we’re just trying to prepare ourselves for the longest run we can have.”
“Just proud of the whole team, (Nick) Cressey and (Hayden) Wells. The whole bench came in and did a fantastic job, and it was all around a great team effort,” he concluded.
The Warriors head to Lancaster on Thursday to take on Fairfield Union at 7 p.m. Parkersburg is set to play a road game against Buckhannon-Upshur at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.