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Ben Logan jolted by M’burg in Tip-Off Classic

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Benjamin Logan’s Jordan Sosby goes up for a shot against a Mechanicsburg defender during the first quarter of their gameFriday at the Ben Logan Tip-Off Classic. (Examiner Photo/Aaron LaBatt)

By AARON LaBATT
EXAMINER STAFF WRITER
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Not everyone likes surprises.

Benjamin Logan’s boys basketball team certainly did not Friday after visiting Mechanicsburg delivered one after another during a first-round matchup at the Ben Logan Tip-Off Classic.

By the time the Raiders got settled in, it was too late and the Indians had come away with a 66-54 victory.

“We didn’t prepare as well for them as we could have,” said Ben Logan head coach Dave Myers. “The pace of the game caught us off guard, their length surprised us and so did their half-court press.

“We were in it early, but it got away from us quickly it seemed like. I told the guys I feel better about tonight than I did a year ago at our tournament, though. We didn’t let them get away from us and get to 30 points. We made better adjustments at halftime.”

Ben Logan now faces Riverside in tonight’s consolation game at 6 p.m.

On Friday, Ben Logan and Mechanicsburg battled back and forth in the opening quarter with M’burg taking an 18-13 lead.

Then the second quarter turned into a nightmare for the Raiders.

Cole Saylor hit a three-point shot to trim Mechanicsburg’s lead to four at 24-20 with 4:40 left until halftime.

The Indians followed with a 17-2 run, including 15 unanswered points. They entered halftime with a 41-22 advantage.

“That second quarter really snowballed on us,” said Myers. “They were rebounding well and forcing us into quick shots. We gave them second or third-chance shots and got ourselves in a hole.”

Ben Logan got back on track in the second half. The Raiders outscored Mechanicsburg 18-14 in the third quarter, but still trailed 55-40. They also outscored the Indians 14-11 in the fourth quarter, but never threatened.

“I thought we did a better job in the second half of handling the boards,” said Myers. “We left nine points at the free throw line and had 28 turnovers. I can live with some of those in transition, but can’t have that many.

“I know these kids and we’ll get better. We’ll come out (tonight) and be better and play better.”

Blaine Ricketts fueled the Ben Logan offense with 17 points, Dalton Greene had 13 points and Jordan Sosby added 10 points.

MECHANICSBURG 66, BEN LOGAN 54

MECHANICSBURG (1-0)

Frost 0 4-6 4; Brogan 4 0-2 12; Welch 7 1-5 15; Purk 8 3-3 20; Marsh 1 2-4 4; Callicoat 5 0-0 11. Totals: 25 10-21 66.

BEN LOGAN (0-1)

Wenger 2 3-4 7; Sosby 3 3-6 10; Rader 0 2-4 2; Ricketts 7 0-0 17; Saylor 1 0-1 3; Ahle 1 0-0 2; Greene 4 5-7 13. Totals: 18 13-22 54.

Indians    18    23    14        11  — 66

Raiders    13    9    18       14      —    54

Three pointers: Ben Logan 5 (Ricketts 3, Sosby, Saylor); Mechanicsburg 3 (Brogan, Purk, Callicoat). Team fouls: Ben Logan 17; Mechanicsburg 19.