Washington 40, McClain 36 (OT)
The Blue Lions held the ball for over 3 1/2 minutes in the overtime period and then hit 4 free throws in the final 30 plus seconds to defeat the McClain Tigers in Tuesday night SCOL action.
The Blue Lions (5-0 SCOL/9-2 overall) led the Tigers 18-17 at the half as both teams struggled from the field. After a 36-36 tie at the end of regulation, Washington decided to see what the Tigers defense would offer & were content to hold the ball against them. Christian Johnson was fouled with about 36 seconds in the extra period and hit both free throws and after a McClain miss, Tyler Slone sealed the win for the Blue Lions with 2 more insurance free throws.
Slone led the Blue Lions with 16 points & Conner Eckles added 9 points as the Blue Lions shot 15 of 44 from the field (34.1%) including 2 of 13 on three point shots. They were 8 of 9 from the free throw line. Blue Lions finished with 11 turnovers in the contest.
McClain (2-2 SCOL/5-6 overall) was led by Ryan Faulconer with 15 points and Thomas Schrader with 12 points. The Tigers have now lost 4 games in a row and it’s the second overtime loss this season losing in triple OT to Adena back on December 27th. McClain shot 15 of 42 from the field including 1 of 14 on three point shots. They shot a perfect 5 of 5 from the free throw line. They turned the ball over 12 times during the contest.
Washington Court House will travel to Chillicothe on Friday night and the varsity game will air on Buckeye Country 105.5 and iheartradio while McClain will play host to East Clinton.
Chillicothe 66, Miami Trace 56
Chillicothe’s Isaiah Johnson drained his fifth 3-point basket to snap a 56-56 tie in the fourth quarter to give the Cavaliers a lead they’d not relinquish. It paved the way for a 66-56 win over Miami Trace.
In a game which saw 14 lead changes, Jonson finished with 26 points to lead all scorers. It was the third consecutive game in which a Cavalier had a career-high.
As for Johnson, he stepped up when the Panthers defense would clamp down on Tommy Bolte. The senior big man said in the postgame interview on WBEX “I saw Tommy come off the screen… of course my guy’s gonna help off Tommy, he just kicked it right out to me and I hit it.”
“As a coach, you have to learn to eventually turn the team over to the team” said Chillicothe’s Eric Huffer when describing the night his team had. “The guys are starting to understand our motion offense and the freedom it gives. I am just so proud of Isaiah Johnson… he has the green light because I see that confidence.”
The Cavs had a 14-9 lead after the first period, but Miami Trace tied the game on a three point play by Trevor Smith to tie the game at 28 at the half. Matt Benson hit a baseline jumper to put the Cavs ahead 38-30 before Miami Trace used a stretch by Trevor Smith, Derrick Marcum and Cedric Pettiford to take the lead 47-44 through three.
“I knew we were in for a dog fight if we were gonna get out of here with a W” said Miami Trace Coach Rob Pittser. “We knew the environment we were going into… you’re in a prideful district and they’re new to our league and they (Cavaliers) expect to win.”
As impressive was his offensive game, the defense was just as good. Trace’s Pettiford hit 10 of the Panthers’ points in a 13-4 run which turned a 40-36 deficit into a 49-44 lead. The junior post player hit the first basket to start the 4th period, but then was shut down. “He has a quick first step, but coach told me to play a couple of steps off of him” said Johnson “let him have the jump shot, so eventually he just tried to go to the bucket but I was already two steps back so he couldn’t get that little lane he wanted.”
“He’s been real consistent for us” said Pittser of his pivot man. “If we can get the ball and dump it down and even the threat of him getting the ball opens up some stuff for our other guys.”
The final moments came down to defense. The Cavaliers protecting a six point margin, Chillicothe forced a couple of turnovers which led to the padding the lead. Coach Huffer was pleased with Bolte keeping pressure on the ball late “Tommy got back to being Tommy tonight and when he plays defense like that, he’s the best player in the league.” Bolte followed Johnson with 20 points.
“Eddie (Wells) stepped up for two games” said Johnson. “And then today, it was just my day to step up. It might be (Nate) Rosenbauer’s game tomorrow, (Matt) Benson’s… any one of us can step up at any time.”
The Panthers (8-2/1-2) battle Clinton Massie Friday and a makeup game with McClain Saturday, part of a huge stretch for Miami Trace. “Three games this week and three games next week… 75% of the league schedule will be over in about 12 days” said Pittser. “A big stretch for us.”
Cedric Pettiford ended with 20 points, Trevor Smith had 15 and Derrick Marcum added 11 for the double figure scorers.
Chillicothe (6-5/3-1) will host first place Washington CH (8-2/5-0) Friday at Hatton Gym. The Lions earned a 40-36 overtime victory Tuesday over McClain.
Waynesville 57, Clinton Massie 53
The Falcons blew a double digit lead in the 2nd quarter and a 29-20 halftime lead losing to rival Waynesville Tuesday night in boys basketball action.
The Falcons (4-2 overall) were outscored 22-10 in the 3rd quarter and never recovered in losing a lead at half time for the 3rd time in their young season.
Jake McIntire led the team with 15 points & Cory Saddler added 13. The team shot 40% (20 of 50) from the field but was 6 of 23 on three point shots. They were 7 of 9 from the charity stripe. They had 13 turnovers to the Spartans with 12. Waynesville shot 50% from the field & were 12 of 22 from the free throw line.
Clinton Massie returns to SCOL action Friday night at Miami Trace & host Spring Valley Academy in a non-conference game Saturday.
East Clinton 63, Hillsboro 57
Clyde Snow led the Astros to their first win in the SCOL in a 63-57 victory over Hillsboro.
East Clinton held a one point edge at halftime, 32-31, but Hillsboro tied the game at 43-43 by the end of the third period.
In the fourth, the Astros took over down the stretch outscoring the Indians 19-13.
Snow had 16 points and 4 assists, Caleb Caplinger 12 and Dalton Floyd added 10 and 8 rebounds for East Clinton who evened their records at 5-5 and 1-3 in the league.
East Clinton travels to McClain Friday and Hillsboro is off until Saturday with Eastern Brown.