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Ben Logan catches fire, scorches Knights 71-52

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Benjamin Logan’s Dalton Greene goes through the Greenon defense for a score during the fourth quarter of their game Friday at Ben Logan High School. (Examiner Photo/Aaron LaBatt)

The outside/inside duo of Blaine Ricketts and Dalton Greene propelled host Benjamin Logan past Greenon on Friday.

Ricketts, a senior guard, poured in a game-high 26 points and Greene, a junior forward, had 16 points to help the Raiders to a 71-52 win in a Central Buckeye Conference Mad River division boys basketball game.

The win gives the Raiders a 2-2 overall mark and a 1-0 start in the CBC Mad River division.

Jordan Sosby contributed eight points and David Wenger had six for the Raiders, who led 32-27 at halftime.

The third quarter proved to be the difference in the game as Ben Logan pulled away with a 21-9 run. That surge gave the hosts a 53-36 lead.

Greenon was unable to recover in the final quarter.

Anthony Colletti scored 20 points to lead Greenon.

In junior varsity action, Ben Logan ran past Greenon 47-35. Grant Ricketts led Ben Logan with 13 points and Kyle Ackley had 12 points.

Ben Logan travels to Waynesfield-Goshen today for a non-league matchup.

BEN LOGAN 71, GREENON 52

GREENON

Cornish 1 0-0 2; Carpenter 3 3-3 9; Green 1 0-0 3; Z. Restau 2 0-0 4; T. Restau 1 0-0 2; Gray 2 0-0 4; Collette 2 1-2 5; Tankorsley 1 0-2 3; Colletti 7 6-7 20. Totals: 20 10-14 52.

BEN LOGAN (2-2, 1-0)

Wenger 3 0-0 6; Horton 1 0-0 2; Sosby 4 0-1 8; Guthrie 1 1-2 3; Rader 0 2-4 2; Ricketts 10 4-5 26; Saylor 2 0-0 4; Kramer 0 0-2 0; Ahle 2 0-1 4; Greene 8 0-0 16. Totals: 22 8-12 57.

Knights    15    12    9       16  —    52

Raiders    18    14    21       18    —    71

Three pointers: Greenon 2 (Green, Tankorsley); Ben Logan 2 (Ricketts 2). Team fouls: Greenon 12; Ben Logan 16.


Offensive lulls hamper Chiefs in loss to Braves

By MATT HAMMOND
Examiner Sports Editor
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Bellefontaine’s Matt Gump, right, dribbles against Springfield Shawnee’s Jaelin Williams during Friday’s game at Bellefontaine High School. The senior standouts attracted 10 college coaches to the contest (Examiner Photo/Matt Hammond)

Like a bad cold, Bellefontaine was unable to shake Springfield Shawnee on Friday.

The host Chiefs led for the first 29 minutes of the game, but the Braves closed with a flourish to grab a 46-39 win in a Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail division boys basketball game.

Bellefontaine (0-2 overall, 0-1 in the CBC) held a 30-23 lead with 6:38 remaining.

Shawnee dominated from there, ending the game on a 23-9 run.

“Early on, we had to hit some shots just to stay in the game,” said Shawnee head coach Chris McGuire. “We thought if we kept it close we could eventually get over the hump.”

In a repeat of last week’s season opener against Celina, Bellefontaine’s offense went cold in the final quarter.

“We just did not execute well down the stretch,” said Bellefontaine head coach Henry Stolly. “We turned the ball over in some key situations and made some poor decisions.”

In a grinding defensive battle, Shawnee relied on its foul shooting to turn the tide.

The Braves, the defending CBC Kenton Trail champions, hit all 14 of their free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter.

For the night, Shawnee scored 24 points from the field and 22 at the charity stripe.

“Free throws were huge,” said McGuire. “We started out poor, but we were able to make them when we really needed it. We had numerous guys knock them down. Up to this point, we have not been a good free-throw shooting team, so that was a good sign.”

Friday’s game featured a much-anticipated matchup of standout senior guards. At least 10 college coaching staffs were represented in the crowd as the Braves’ Jaelin Williams went head-to-head with the Chiefs’ Matt Gump.

Gump scored a game-high 23 points, while Williams, the reigning Kenton Trail division player of the year, scored six of his 12 points in the fourth quarter to help spark the Shawnee comeback.

“Gump is a great player,” said McGuire. “He gave us a lot of trouble at times.”

Bellefontaine led 12-5 after one quarter and later took a 17-13 lead into the halftime locker room.

The Chiefs led by six (23-17) midway through the third quarter, but Shawnee cut the lead to two points (25-23) at the end of the period.

A three-pointer by Jake Kennedy and a free throw each from Gump and A.J. Gorham put Bellefontaine up by seven points early in the fourth quarter.

But Shawnee (2-1, 1-0) then reeled off an 11-2 run to jump in front. The Braves took their first lead of the night on a Jaden Greenwood three-pointer with 2:35 left in the game.

Bellefontaine knotted the score up on two Gump free throws.

Williams and Gump then traded two free throws each to tie the score at 36-36 at the 2:06 mark.

Shawnee followed with eight straight successful foul shots to take control.

“We played much better in the first half,” said Stolly. “They shot 24 free throws in the second half. It is hard to beat a team when they are just standing there shooting free throws. It was a carbon copy of the second half against Celina.”

Bellefontaine did not have much offensive support for Gump. The rest of the team combined for just 16 points.

“I am not so much concerned about who the points are coming from as much as I am with where we are getting our shots,” said Stolly. “I think we will have guys step up as the season goes on.”

Kennedy had five points for the Chiefs and Tristin Tillman and Brett Wisner each had four points.

In the junior varsity game, Bellefontaine won 48-38. Daniel Boy led the Chiefs with 12 points and Trey Price added 11 points.

Shawnee edged the Chiefs 53-51 in the freshman game. Lane Wisner had 18 points and Jacob Rogan scored 15 for Bellefontaine.

The Chiefs return to action Tuesday at home against Greenon.

SHAWNEE 46, BELLEFONTAINE 39

SHAWNEE (2-1, 2-0)

Tincher 1 8-8 11; Satterfield 1 0-0 3; Young 0 2-4 2; Greenwood 3 2-2 10; Williams 4 4-6 12; Nelson 1 2-2 4; Sawyer 0 2-4 2; Elliott 0 2-2 2. Totals: 10 22-28 46.

BELLEFONTAINE (0-2, 0-1)

Gump 7 5-6 23; Gorham 0 1-3 1; Oyer 1 0-0 2; Kennedy 2 0-0 5; Tillman 2 0-0 4; Wisner 2 0-1 4. Totals: 14 6-10 39.

Braves    5    8    10      23      —       46

Chiefs    12    5    8    14    —    39

Three pointers: Shawnee 4 (Greenwood 2, Tincher, Satterfield); Bellefontaine 5 (Gump 4, Kennedy). Rebounds: Bellefontaine 15 (Oyer 6). Assists: Bellefontaine 4 (Gump 2). Steals: Bellefontaine 7. Turnovers: Bellefontaine 15. Team fouls: Shawnee 13; Bellefontaine 22.


Tigers claw Indians for big OHC win

West Liberty-Salem’s boys basketball wore down visiting Mechanicsburg on Friday and ran away with an 84-64 Ohio Heritage Conference victory.

The Tigers are now 2-1 overall and start league play at 1-0. The Indians fall to 1-3, 0-1.

The offense got rolling early for WL-Salem as it led 28-17 after the first quarter.

The Tigers outscored the Indians 23-12 in the second quarter to give themselves a 51-29 lead at halftime

WL-Salem continued to hold a comfortable cushion after three quarters with a 69-48 lead.

The Tigers blitzed the Indians with a balanced offensive attack. Four WL-Salem players reached double digits. Max Bailey, Travis Mayse and Landon Hormann had 15 points apiece and Grant Burden had 14 points.

The Tigers also won the junior varsity game 46-36. Austin Miller led the Tigers with 14 points and Brandon Adams had 11 points.

WL-Salem hosts Southeastern on Tuesday for another OHC contest.

WL-SALEM 84, MECHANICSBURG 64

MECHANICSBURG (1-3, 0-1)


Urbana’s quick start sinks Lakers

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Indian Lake’s Brennon Lump drives past an Urbana defender during the first half of their game Friday at Indian Lake High School. (Examiner Photo/Aaron LaBatt)

Urbana struck quickly Friday en route to a 77-44 win over host Indian Lake in Central Buckeye Conference Mad River division boys basketball action.

The Hillclimbers are now 3-0 overall and begin CBC Mad River play at 1-0. The Lakers fall to 0-3, 0-1.

Urbana jumped out to a 13-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and the Hillclimbers led 34-17 at halftime.

The visitors pushed their lead to 20 points (50-30) by the end of the third period and they continued to cruise in the final stanza.

Christian Grider paced the Lakers with 15 points and Ivan Reichert had 11 points.

Tristan Singer led the Hillclimbers with a game-high 26 points.

Urbana won the junior varsity game 52-15. Joe Corwin had five points to lead Indian Lake.

In the freshman game, Indian Lake won 50-42 with Beau Hefner scoring 18 points for the Lakers.

Indian Lake is back in action Tuesday at Springfield Shawnee for a CBC crossover game.

URBANA 77, INDIAN LAKE 44

URBANA (3-0, 1-0)

McRight 0 1-2 1; Wright 0 1-4 1; Ware 0 2-2 2; LeVan 0 2-6 2; Mays 1 1-2 3; Logwood 2 2-2 6; Johns 4 1-2 9; Singer 7 7-7 26; Kavenen 4 5-6 13; Niswonger 5 2-2 14. Totals: 23 24-35 77.

INDIAN LAKE (0-3, 0-1)

Reichert 3 5-7 11; Tuttle 0 2-2 2; Wurster 1 0-0 3; Lump 2 3-4 7; Roby 0 2-2 2; Teague 2 0-0 4; Grider 6 3-4 15; Downing 0 0-2 0. Totals: 14 15-21 44.

Hillclimbers    13    21    16       27  —    77

Lakers    5    12    13       14    —    44


Triad derails Irish for first win

Triad’s boys basketball team handled host Springfield Catholic Central on Friday for a 67-57 win in Ohio Heritage Conference action.

The Cardinals are now 1-3 overall and begin OHC play at 1-0. The Irish fall to 0-2, 0-1.

Triad grabbed a 13-8 advantage after the opening quarter and enjoyed a 27-19 lead at halftime.

The Cardinals continued to pull away in the third quarter with a 22-9 run. That burst gave Triad a commanding 49-28 advantage.

Chaz Adams powered Triad’s offense with 21 points, Chris Nott had 18 points and Collin Watson added 10 points.

In junior varsity action, Catholic Central won 38-25.

Triad hosts Cedarville on Tuesday in another OHC contest.

TRIAD 67, SCC 57

TRIAD (1-3, 1-0)

Boyd 1 2-2 5; C. Watson 2 6-8 10; C. Nott 5 4-4 18; Lowe 1 0-0 2; Perry 0 2-2 2; L. Donohoe 1 0- 2; S. Donohoe 2 3-4 7; Adams 9 3-5 21. Totals: 21 20-25 67.

SCC (0-2)

Dimitroff 1 0-0 2; Gannon 0 2-2 2; Weeks 5 0-0 13; Fain 0 2-2 2; Burns 3 1-4 8; Johnson 8 1-2 24; Ellis 2 0-0 4; Packs 1 0-0 2. Totals: 20 6-10 57.

Cardinals    13    14    22      18     —   67

Irish    8    11    9      29       —     57

Three pointers: Triad 5 (Nott 4, Boyd); SCC 11 (Johnson 7, Weeks 3, Burns). Team fouls: Triad 16; SCC 25.

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