Pirates rebound from slow start
By ROB HAMILTON
After struggling offensively in their first two games, Cardington picked up over 60 points in a 64–48 win at home against East Knox last Tuesday.
A big third quarter paved the way for the Pirates. The score was tied at 17 after one period and Cardington had a 22–21 lead at the half.
However, they outscored the Bulldogs 23–13 in the third to take an 11-point lead. Cardington then finished the game by taking the fourth period by a 19–14 margin.
Tyler Howell led the Pirates with 21 points, while Zach Wells added 17 points and 11 rebounds. Also, Mason Richardson finished with nine points and Cole Hess scored eight.
The Pirates made it two wins in a row on Thursday, taking a 59–43 league win over Ridgedale.
Cardington took a 16–7 lead after the first quarter and upped their advantage to a 32–19 margin by the half.
They’d maintain that double-digit lead throughout the second half, outscoring the Rockets 27–24 over the final 16 minutes of action.
Richardson led the team with 16 points, while Wells added 14, along with 11 boards.
Mount Gilead Indians
Mount Gilead improved to 2–0 last Tuesday with a 52–45 win over Bucyrus.
The Indians jumped out to a 16–7 lead after the first quarter, which proved to be crucial, as the Redmen outscored the locals 26–21 over the middle two periods.
The fourth quarter would see the Indians recover, though, outscoring Bucyrus 15–12 to finish on top by seven.
Ethan Harris led the team with 17 points, while Nic Pomeroy added 13 and Payton Vanderkooi added 11.
Unfortunately, the Indians would suffer their first loss of the season on Thursday, as Pleasant controlled the first half in winning 68–48 on MG’s home court.
The Spartans led 11–6 after the first quarter and then outscored Mount Gilead 23–8 in the second to take a 20-point lead into the intermission.
Both teams scored 34 ponts in the second half, allowing the Spartans to pick up the road win.
Vanderkooi led the team with 15 points. Pomeroy contributed 11.
On Thursday, Northmor fell 73–63 to Colonel Crawford, as the Eagles pulled away in the fourth quarter.
Both teams scored 15 in the opening period, but by the half, Colonel Crawford had taken a 35–26 advantage.
Northmor battled back to get within one (49–48) in the third quarter, but were outscored by nine in the fourth.
Josh Montgomery led the Knights with 18 points, while Zach Wiseman added 16, Garrett Karcher tallied 12 and Daniel Donner finished with eight.
Highland took an early lead against Centerburg last Tuesday, but couldn’t get things going offensively in a 39–26 loss.
The Scots led 7–4 after the first quarter, but Centerburg came back to take an 18–15 lead into the half. Both teams scored six in the third quarter; however, in the fourth, the Trojans took a 15–5 edge to finish with the win.
For the Scots, Ryan Burt finished with seven points.
Highland struggled after taking an early lead again on Friday in a 54–45 loss to Mansfield Christian.
The Scots led 13–10 after the first quarter, but the Flames had taken a 29–26 lead by the half. After adding one point to their advantage in the third quarter, Mansfield Christian would then outscore Highland 13–8 in the fourth period to finish on top by nine.
Burt’s 12 points led Highland, while Shawn Beltz added 10 and Jett Swetland picked up nine.
Gilead Christian Eagles
Gilead Christian suffered three losses last week in boys’ basketball games.
On Monday, they dropped a 56–26 contest against Mount Vernon Academy. No further information was available.
Tuesday saw them host Granville Christian in a game the visitors won 77–23. The Granville school led 24–8 after the first quarter and 36–17 at the half, but pulled away in the second half by outscoring the Eagles 41–6.
Both Aaron Martin and Bo Griffith finished with six points.
On Friday, the Eagles hung with Millersport for the first quarter, but wound up on the short end of an 88–23 decision.
After eight minutes of play, the Lakers only led 20–12, but they’d go on to outscore Gilead Christian 34–2 in the second quarter, 20–4 in the third and 14–5 in the fourth as they claimed the victory.
Griffith finished with over half the Eagle points, as he tallied 14 in the game.