Piedmont rallies in final seconds past West Stanly, 52-50

Published 12:16 am Thursday, December 13, 2018

An old-fashioned three-point play lifted the visiting Piedmont Panthers to a 52-50 win Wednesday night over the West Stanly men’s basketball team.

Josiah Hall led the Panthers (2-4) with 13 points, the most important of which came in the final 10 seconds of the game.

Down by one with 16.5 seconds left, Piedmont inbounded in front of the Panthers’ bench to Hall. He went around a high screen at the top of the key, drove to the basket and scored while drawing the foul. After a timeout, Hall made the free throw to put the Panthers up by two.

Nick Parker, who led West (4-2) with 22, had the ball in his hands in the final seconds. He tried to use a Hayden Greene pick, but when he turned back to the middle of the floor Hall knocked the ball lose. Before anyone got clear possession, the clock ran out.

Austin Medlin added 11 points while Greene was limited to nine, his first game of the season where the senior center did not score in double figures.

The first quarter was all West Stanly. The Colts hit 8-of-11 shots and limited Piedmont to 3-of-12 shooting, building an 11-point lead.

A Nathan Brown free throw in the first 45 seconds of the second gave West its biggest lead of the night at 19-7. From that point, West missed 10 shots in a row, allowing Piedmont to go on a 15-0 run over the next 6:30. Quane McLendon’s basket with 1:02 left in the first half gave Piedmont its first lead of the night.

Both teams shot around the 50 percent mark in the third quarter, but Piedmont led the entire period. West got within three points two times in the third, but trailed after three 42-37.

The Colts kept the Panthers within three to five points for the first four minutes of the fourth but made a move in the final three minutes. Greene’s bucket with 2:43 left pulled West within two points, 49-47.

Piedmont kept possession of the ball for the next minute but failed to score, giving West a chance in the final minute. Medlin missed a three from the corner and the long rebound went out to Parker, who drained a three with 56.2 seconds left.

The Panthers missed on a shot on its next possession but double teamed Parker on the defensive end and forced a turnover, setting up Hall’s winning basket.

For the game, Piedmont was 23-of-57 overall (40.4 percent) and 3-of-14 on 3-pointers, hitting 3-of-5 foul shots. West finished 20-of-45 (44.4 percent) including 6-of-16 from long distance and 4-of-6 at the free-throw line.

“We had a miscommunication on what we wanted to do that last defensive possession. I have to do a better job of communicating that to the guys,” West head coach John Thompson said. “(Piedmont) made the play at the end and we didn’t.”

Thompson added West outplayed Piedmont for three quarters but “that second quarter killed us. Our offense got stagnant and we gave up some offensive rebounds; that’s something we pride ourselves on.”

P       7  17  18  10   52
WS  18  3  16  13    50

P – Josiah Hall 13, Cade Tyson 12, Tapper 8, McClendon 6, Biolcani 6, Helms 4, Watkins 2, Crumbie 1.
WS – Nick Parker 22, Austin Medlin 11, Greene 9, Kelly 7, Brown 1.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio has served as the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press for more than 16 years and has written numerous news and feature storeis as well. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also won an award from Boone Newspapers, and has won four North Carolina Press Association awards.

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