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Boys' Basketball: Park Tops No. 1 South Charleston

February 16, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

CHARLESTON - Luke Saseen finished with a double-double with 15 points and 18 rebounds as Wheeling Park beat South Charleston 60-51 during the ''Shootout in the Big House'' at the Civic Center.

Boo Lathon added a game-high 22 points for the Patriots (15-5), who beat the top-ranked team in West Virginia Class AAA less than 24 hours after ousting No.2-ranked Morgantown in the Wheeling Hospital Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Tournament.

It marked the first game Wheeling Park had played at the Civic Center since losing last season's Class AAA state title game in a heartbreaking finish to George Washington.

Bubby Goodwin's apparent 3-pointer ahead of the buzzer that could have forced overtime was ruled a 2-pointer after a lengthy review delay.

''We can pout about it, and the people back in Wheeling are saying, 'What the heck are you doing? What's wrong with you?' But we told the kids, 'Let's go down and get Morgantown and get to the OVAC title game, then unfortunately have less than 24 hours to play the No. 1 team who's maybe the hottest team in the state," Wheeling Park coach Michael Jebbia said.

''But when six of your top seven guys are seniors, they've played in a lot of the bigger games.''

It wasn't as if Park cruised to the victory, though.

South Charleston (17-3), which trailed 16-4 moments into the game and by as many as 13 points midway into the third quarter, managed to catch up at 46-all on a Jon Elmore's fast-break goal (caused by an A.D. Cunningham steal) with 5:32 left in the game.

Errin Baynes added 12 points for the Patriots (15-5) who will play Indian Creek for the OVAC 5A crown saturday night at Ohio University Eastern.

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