Parkersburg - In a game that went down to the wire, the Warren Warriors escaped with a Saturday afternoon win. In the 64-62 road victory over Parkersburg Catholic, the Warriors fought through a back-and-forth battle to get the job done. Up with only 2.4 seconds on the clock, Warren had to make one last stop to secure the game. PC’s Jeb Boice got the inbound pass and fired up a shot from just past half court going right to left that bounced off the backboard to just miss out on a buzzer-beater.
A few lead changes spanning just over a minute set the tone for the finish, as Warren took a 51-50 edge with 5:15 to go off a pair of made free throws from Evan Byrd. On the following WHS possession, Boice got whistled for his fourth foul with 4:56 remaining. That resulted in two more makes from the charity stripe for the Warriors, and it pushed their lead up to 53-50. In a hurry, Patrick Copen, who finished with a game-high 28 points and seven boards, snuffed out the Warren momentum with a game-tying 3-ball on the other end. When the Warriors pushed ahead with a 7-1 spurt over the next two minutes, it was capped off by a close-range Josh Welch shot to give WHS its biggest lead (60-54) of the afternoon.
That came after Parkersburg Catholic jumped out to an early 9-3 lead with five minutes gone by to start the game. Both teams struggled to find open looks, as Crusader and Warrior defenders stifled almost every opportunity for the offenses to get in a rhythm.
Then, both teams got going from the floor and engaged in an affair that featured a half-dozen ties and almost as many lead changes.