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Wheeling Park High School def. Wheeling Central Catholic High School, 73-64

By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic

WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 1, 2010 -- For nearly 25 minutes, it appeared Wheeling Park’s 72-37 beat down of Wheeling Central on December 16th was going to repeat itself in the 1st Annual George Kellas City Championship in the opening game of the 3rd Annual Cancer Research Classic.

The Patriots were in the midst of an 18-2 run starting in the third quarter and carrying over to the fourth expanding their lead to 54-33 when the Maroon Knight finally took the attitude ‘enough is enough.’

In front of a raucous crowd on New Year’s night, Wheeling CC closed regulation on a 23-2 run that culminated with a Joe Neidhardt left baseline jumper to knot the score at 58 sending the wild contest to overtime.

While Central was enjoying a monumental turnaround, Park seemed to do nothing within its character. The Patriots went stone-cold from the field and had a plethora of turnovers, which is certainly not an attribute of Michael Jebbia coached team.

The Patriots, after trading buckets to start the extra session, surged out like a rejuvenated workhorse en route to a 73-64 triumph. The Park got nine points in OT from 5-foot-11 junior Kelvin ‘Bubby’ Goodwin including 17 points in all, seven assists, and three steals.

6-foot-3 junior Marqez O’Neal had a solid outing for the Patriots (4-0) scoring a game-high 20 points. O’Neal used an array of moves in the paint and several one-dribble power moves heading to his right to help out his cause.

Rugged senior Richard Hall notched 12 points and 11 boards with classmate Kevin Kuca adding nine markers.

Wheeling Central (1-4), who place all five starters in double figures, led by 6-foot-3 junior Shane Greskevitch with 15 points. Senior guards Jordan Sorge and Zack Hood scored 13 and 12 points respectively. Sorge tossed in 10 assists as well. Hard-working senior Jack Weishar added 11 counters and seven caroms.