(12/22/2011)
By Gaylen Duskey
realfang@citlink.net

It is real hard to find a silver lining in a 50-point loss.

Yet there is one for the Red Devils in Calhoun's 81-31 pummeling at the hands Parkersburg Catholic Wednesday night at the Crusaders' gymnasium.

It wasn't that the Red Devils won the game oh, far from it.

It wasn't that they put a scare in the powerful Crusaders PCHS never really sweated the Red Devils.

What it was was that they never quit playing and actually won the fourth quarter against the highly ranked Crusaders 17-16 and never gave up despite the frustrations of being way behind and hammered most of the night.

The game was over before it started as the Crusaders jumped out to a 23-2 first quarter lead and never looked back, building on that as the game went on.

But in the fourth period the Red Devils instead of being shell shocked and distressed came after the Crusaders and actually got the better of it.

Isaac Coon was the surprise leader of the offensive attack as the senior transfer from Roane County scored all 10 of his points on two three-point goals and a pair of regular baskets. He had help from Ryan Slider who had four of his six points and Luke Moore who scored all three of his points.

Tyler Gerwig and Ricky Hall scored three each while Trent Phillips added two.

Sam Brady, Lucas Wilson, Derek Dawson, William Baker, Ray Davis and Tyler Tanner all played but did not score for the 0-5 Red Devils.

For 3-0 PCHS Brady Kurvez led the way with 14 points off the bench while Brent Wright added 11, Joe Padden 10, Carson Weyer and Bobby Casto eight each, Daniel Collie seven, Gary Abbott six, Payton Sturm five, Mitch Davis and Eric Scott four each and Andrew Early three.

One of the things that really helped the Crusaders was their ability to hit from outside as they canned nine of 13 three point attempts.

The junior varsity game was also a "no-doubter" but not as lopsided as the varsity contest as PCHS won 56-32.

Brady led Calhoun, 0-5, with 10 points while adding five rebounds. He was backed by Wilson with seven and Tanner with four points and nine rebounds, Kameron Carder and Gerwig with three each while Dawson and Baker added two each and Nick Watkins one. Dustin Turner played but did not score.

PCHS, 3-0, was led by Early and Derek Westmeyer with 10 each while Austin Luther and Tony Borelli added eight apiece. Cody Offenberger had six, Weyer five, Tulley Lynch-Pastoor four, Austin Hendershot three and Seth Cwynar two.

Calhoun tries for that elusive first win Friday night when it travels to Ritchie County for a rematch of the season opening game while PCHS is on the road at Ravenswood.


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