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M’burg halts WL-Salem’s OHC winning streak

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Mechanicsburg’s boys basketball team handed host West Liberty-Salem its first Ohio Heritage Conference loss of the season Friday.

The host Indians raced to a 63-49 victory in a key OHC matchup.

The Indians are now 7-5 overall and 5-3 in the OHC, while the Tigers slip to 10-3 overall and 7-1 in the league.

WL-Salem handled M’burg 84-64 in their first meeting this season.

Mechanicsburg came away with a 13-8 lead after the opening quarter. The Indians began to pull away in the second quarter with a 22-10 run. That gave them a 35-18 halftime advantage.

The Tigers were unable to mount a rally in the second half.

Landon Hormann paced the Tigers with 15 points, Travis Mayse had 12 points and Max Bailey added eight points.

Brandon Purk powered M’burg with a game-high 21 points.

In junior varsity action, WL-Salem won 45-31. Michael McIntosh led the Tigers with 11 points and Ross Kelley had 10 points.

WL-Salem hosts Urbana on Tuesday in a non-league matchup.

MECHANICSBURG 63  WL-SALEM 49

WL-SALEM (10-3, 7-1)

Bailey 3 0-0 8; Mayse 4 2-2 12; Woods 2 2-2 7; G. Burden 3 0-0 7; Hormann 4 5-6 15. Totals: 16 9-10 49.

MECHANICSBURG (7-5, 5-3)

Frost 2 0-0 4; Bogan 4 6-7 16; Welch 7 3-7 17; Purk 7 2-2 21; Marsh 1 1-2 4; Callicoat 0 1-2 1. Totals: 21 13-20 63.

Tigers    8    10    18    13    —    49

Indians    13    22    15    13     —    63

Three pointers: WL-Salem 8 (Hormann 2, Bailey 2, Mayse 2, Woods); Mechanicsburg 8 (Purk 5, Bogan 2, Marsh). Team fouls: WL-Salem 21; Mechanicsburg 17.

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