Applemen lose 3rd Trojan war

March 03, 2000|By BOB PARASILITI

INWOOD, W.Va. - The Musselman Applemen suffered two major lapses on Friday.

"We had some serious defensive lapses," Musselman coach Guy Sharp said. "And when we had them, we had scoring lapses."

All totaled, it allowed Hampshire to run laps around the Applemen.

The Trojans took away Musselman's inside game and took advantage some swinging gate defensive play as center Tom Riley scored a career-high 26 points to shock the Applemen with a 55-47 upset in the West Virginia Class AAA Region II Section 2 final.

The victory allowed Hampshire (10-13) to erase two regular-season losses to Applemen and moved the Trojans into Tuesday's region final against Martinsburg.

Hampshire's defense pushed Musselman (12-10) out to the perimeter, where the Applemen found it to be a cold and lonely place. Musselman's misfires allowed the Trojans to run off two scoring runs to assume the lead and pull away.


"We didn't expect to come in here and blow this team out," Hampshire coach Larry See said. "Our defense was the difference in the game. Our philosophy is not to let other teams beat us off the dribble. To hold that team to 47 points is something."

As if Musselman didn't have enough problems, the Applemen failed to find an answer for Riley and his amazing performance. Riley, whose left arm is shortened by a birth defect, had all the right answers with his right hand with an assortment of power moves around the basket.

"We struggled offensively when we played down here the first time." See said. "We were more patient and made that extra pass to get the ball inside to Riley ... to all our post players."

Hampshire trailed for most of the first quarter before pulling out to a 14-11 lead in the period's final minute and owned a 25-20 lead at the half.

Hampshire rattled off a 13-3 run to start the third quarter - with 11 coming from Riley - to pull away to a 41-25 lead.

Musselman made a run in the fourth quarter, closing to within 44-42 with 3 minutes, 38 seconds remaining, using man pressure to turn the game. But point guard David Deitz and Riley took over, sending Hampshire on a 8-0 run and scoring the Trojans last 11 points of the game.

"When you shoot 3s to win, you die by them," Sharp said. "Coach See did a great job getting them to do what they needed to win tonight. We beat them twice, but they beat us in the one that counted most."

Hampshire 55, Musselman 47


Delaplain 3, Haines 3, Deitz 10, Liller 2, Lee 11, Riley 26. Totals 18 15-21 55.


Smith 4, Corbin 12, Sipes 1, Mosby 12, Yos 6, Stephens 8, Michael 4. Totals 16 12-16 47.

Hampshire 14 11 16 14 - 55

Musselman 12 8 9 18 - 47

Three-point goals - Hampshire 4 (Delaplain, Haines, Deitz, Riley); Musselman 3 (Corbin 2, Mosby).

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