Wahconah boys hoops rallies to beat Lenox in OT


LENOX -- Collin Parrott was 1 for 10 from the floor in the first half against Lenox on Friday night, and the Wahconah guard didn't make a shot in the final 11 minutes of regulation.

But the junior drained a 3-point basket to open overtime, giving Wahconah a lead it never lost as the Warriors rallied to beat Lenox 65-59.

"Personally, nothing really was falling, so I was just trying to do other things to help us and it was working," said Parrott, who scored 10 for Wahconah. "It was a big swing for the team.

"The team just told me to keep shooting because I'm a good shooter. They just told me to keep shooting -- and it just happened to go in."

Lenox sent the game into overtime when Bailey Patella was fouled with 35.9 seconds left in the fourth quarter and made two free throws. Wahconah held the ball for one shot, but Parrott missed a tough 3-pointer, and Patella's heave at the buzzer fell away.

To begin overtime, both teams had chances to take the lead, but it was the Warriors who struck first. Kris Vahle, who scored a game-high 21 points, was called for traveling. On the ensuing play, Cole Morrison passed to Parrott, who drained a 3-ball from the right corner to break the tie. The Warriors never trailed.

"I think that hurt us a little bit. It kind of got the kids feeling like they had to rush a little more, even though we had three minutes of ball left," Lenox coach Scott Sibley said. "That's something we work on. They've got to learn when you face a little bit of adversity, you have to stay strong."

The Millionaires didn't get on the board until Patella went to the line to score the last two of his 18 points with 1:52 left. From there, the Warriors didn't give up a point and got the win.

Lenox led the entire first half and used a 9-0 run to take a double-digit lead with just under three minutes to play. The Millionaires went into the locker room up 39-27 when Vahle hit a trey with :02 on the clock.

"I was concerned with how we would respond coming out of the second half, especially the way Lenox was shooting the ball in the first half," said Wahconah coach Dustin Belcher, whose team forced 24 turnovers. "I thought our kids responded well and dug in deep.

"It goes back to what we say all the time -- it starts with our defense."

Wahconah was paced by Marcus Duncan's 17 points and 13 rebounds. He had 13 of those points in the second half and overtime. Kevin Boino added 11 points.

"I wasn't too concerned" with the deficit, said Duncan, "because I knew that our inside game would step it up. Cole and I took over in the second half and we ended up passing out of the post and scoring a lot."

After giving up 21 points in the second quarter, Wahconah held the Millionaires to just 18 in the second half. That enabled the Warriors to claw back into the game and eventually get the contest into overtime.

Vahle had 21 points and nine rebounds. The senior was 16 of 18 from the foul line. Patella had 10 rebounds to go with his 18 points and Mike Hedges had 11 boards.

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