ST. CLAIRSVILLE, OH. — Class AAA No. 2 University avenged its only loss of the season on Saturday, beating No. 1 Parkersburg South 60-45 for the 5A OVAC boys basketball championship.
“We wanted the revenge,” said University point guard Kaden Metheny. “They beat us at their place and that left a sour taste in our mouths. We just wanted the revenge and we got it.”
Metheny, specifically, caught fire in the fourth quarter, surging University (19-1) into the lead and eventual 15-point win. The sophomore standout collected 17 of his game-high 26 points in the game’s final stanza.
“It was a close game and I was like ‘We’ve got to win this,'” he said. “I just started trying to push more and once we started to go in transition, we started playing faster and that’s what got me going.”
Austin Forbes finished with 15 points and Ethan Ridgeway added 10 points for the Hawks. Forbes ended the night with three 3s as well — all of them in critical spots.
“Whenever Coach needs a bucket, or if Kaden or Ethan isn’t hitting, I know that I have to come up and hit a shot or make something happen for the offense,” Forbes said. “If anyone is hitting shots, we’re getting them the ball, that’s just how it is with this team.
“One night Ethan will hit, I’ll hit or Kaden will hit,” he continued. “Storm (Leftridge) or Clay (Bailey) will hit – we just feed the hot hand.”
It’s the second straight OVAC title for the Hawks.
Parkersburg South (18-3), after winning 16-straight games, has now lost two straight. Cole Plants and Shane Snider both scored 11 points apiece in the loss Saturday.
The win for University, combined with George Washington’s 68-46 loss to Beckley on Saturday, should almost assure the Hawks of the top seed in the state tournament if they would advance — and avoid a slip-up in the postseason sectional final.
UHS closes out the regular season this coming week with games against Brooke and Preston.
“We know we still have a couple of games left to end the regular season,” Forbes said. “We still have to get through sectionals and regionals before we start looking at potential tournament seeding. But we’re just going to keep doing what we’ve been doing – just going out there and playing.”
4th Quarter Highlights (radio calls from Dave Wilson on WAJR in Morgantown):