NEW MARTINSVILLE, W.Va — Magnolia (12-6) and head coach Dave Tallman have had recent success in making it to Charleston, but once they make it the Capitol City, getting to the next round has been a challenge.

“We’ve lost five in a row in Charleston, for me, it’s great motivation,” Tallman said. “We don’t want to just make it to the state tournament, we would like to win one, two or maybe three games with this young bunch.”

That goal looked a bit out-of-reach very early on as Magnolia dropped three straight out of the shoot. However, since then, the Blue Eagles have won 12 of 15 overall, positioning themselves for another postseason run.

“(The kids) have never got discouraged. We lost a triple overtime game to Martin Luther King out of Cleveland, which was our third loss in a row and they came back real positive,” Tallman said. “We said once we get back in our league we will be okay, and they have responded well.”

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Sophomore Preston Boswell leads Magnolia on the year, putting up 23 points per game.

The Blue Eagles are a very young team with three sophomores, a junior and a senior in their starting lineup. They are led by do-it-all point guard Preston Boswell – one of those three sophomores. He averages 23 points a game, to go along with five boards, four steals and seven assists.

“Preston is having an incredible year, he is shooting 47 percent from 3 and 52 percent overall,” Tallman said. “He boxes out as well as anyone I have, and he always covers the other teams best guard.”

Magnolia, playing out of a difficult Section 1 in Region 1 of Class A, has wins overall on the year over Class A state tournament contenders Wheeling Central, Greater Beckley Christian and Clay Battelle. Key sectional seeding matchups loom down the stretch against Bishop Donahue and Madonna.

“We’re a young team and we’re constantly growing and just trying to get a little better everyday,” Tallman said.

Boys Basketball Schedule
12/17/13 06:00PM H MONROE CENTRAL , OH H.S. 6986 L
12/20/13 05:15PM A RIVERSIDE 7076 L
12/27/13 06:00PM H TYLER CONSOLIDATED 9334 W
01/04/14 06:00PM A RIVER , OH H.S. 7352 W
01/14/14 06:00PM H RIVER , OH H.S. 6543 W
01/17/14 06:00PM A ST. JOHNS,OH H.S. 10133 W
01/18/14 07:30PM A TYLER CONSOLIDATED 7548 W
10 01/30/14 05:15PM A CLAY-BATTELLE 8251 W
11 02/01/14 03:00PM A GREATER BECKLEY CHRISTIAN 7874 W
12 02/06/14 08:00PM H WHEELING CENTRAL CATHOLIC 6370 L
13 02/07/14 06:00PM A MONROE CENTRAL , OH H.S. 8268 W
14 02/08/14 04:00PM H PADEN CITY 8289 L
15 02/10/14 06:00PM H UNIVERSITY 8453 W
16 02/11/14 06:00PM A HARRISON CENTRAL, OH H.S. 6659 W
17 02/17/14 05:30PM H BISHOP DONAHUE 7387 L
18 02/19/14 07:00PM A BUFFALO 77 69W
19 02/21/14 06:00PM A PADEN CITY  
20 02/22/14 01:00PM A BISHOP DONAHUE  
21 02/24/14 06:00PM A CAMERON  
22 02/26/14 06:00PM H MADONNA  
 wins: 12   lost: 6   ties: 0

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  • wvbikerguy

    Magnolia just beat Bishop Donahue! Hard to beat those catholic schools with all those local athletes! The best the recruiting can buy!!!!!!

  • Bob Straface

    Go Bishops

    Bob Straface- '64
    The College of Steubenville- '68
    WVU- '70

    Denton, Texas

  • Fed up

    Welcome to single A basketball, three catholic schools in your region. I think bishop Donahue is the best team in the region! You should have stayed in AA a lot easier route to Charleston.

    • J

      You act as if they had a choice!