Boys’ teams have busy holiday slate of games
By ROB HAMILTON
On Friday, Dec. 28, Cardington topped Delaware Christian by a 50–48 margin.
Both teams scored 27 points in the first half, but Delaware Christian pulled in front by a two-point margin in the third quarter.
However, the Pirates would battle back in the fourth period to outscore their opponents 12–8 and finish on top by two.
Tyler Dornon and Tyler Howell both scored 16 points to pace Cardington. Cole Hess added 13.
That win came one day after the Pirates lost 58–51 to Granville Christian. After falling behind 9–8 after the opening eight minutes, Cardington came back to take a 19–18 lead into the half.
The Granville school would surge ahead in the third quarter, though, taking a 33–26 lead. Both teams scored 25 over the final eight minutes, allowing the Lions to hold on for the win.
Dornon paced the Pirates with 12 points, while Mason Richardson added eight.
Last Friday saw the Pirates travel to River Valley. A slow start proved to be the difference in a 59–49 loss.
The Vikings jumped out to an 18–9 lead after the first quarter, which proved to be the difference. Cardington trimmed one point off their deficit in each of the next two periods, but River Valley outscored them 17–14 down the stretch to finish with a 10-point win.
Howell scored 12 points for the Pirates, while Mitchell Yake added 10 and Dornon scored eight.
Fredericktown controlled the first and final periods of their game with Northmor on Thursday, Dec. 27 and wound up with a 63–48 win.
The Freddies jumped out to a 19–11 lead after the first quarter. Over the middle two periods, Northmor got within five points at 43–38, but they were outscored 20–10 over the final eight minutes of the game.
Zach Wiseman led Northmor with 17 points, while James Donner scored 12 and Garrett Karcher added 10.
Last Friday saw the Knights lose a 71–63 decision to Elgin
The home team trailed 15–14 after the first quarter and 32–24 at the half. However, they would score 26 points in the third quarter to close within two points.
Unfortunately for Northmor, Elgin would take the final quarter 19–13 to finish on top in the game.
Karcher tallied 17 points and Wiseman had 16 to pace the Knights. Also, Donner added 12 and Josh Montgomery scored nine.
Mount Gilead Indians
Mount Gilead got a non-league win on Friday, Dec. 28, as the Indians topped East Knox by a 69–51 margin.
The Indians got off to a fast start, leading 23–8 after eight minutes of play. East Knox trimmed three off their deficit in the second, but Mount Gilead used the third period to increase their advantage to a 53–35 margin.
The next day would see Mount Gilead struggle in the first quarter on their way to a 56–40 loss to Fredericktown.
The Freddies took a 20–6 lead after the first quarter and never fell behind. Mount Gilead closed to within 10 points by the beginning of the fourth quarter, but Fredericktown put the game away by outscoring them 16–10 over the final eight minutes.
Chris Godfrey scored 10 points to lead Mount Gilead, while Payton Vanderkooi added eight.
Last Friday saw the Indians get off to a good start against Buckeye Valley at home, but not be able to hold onto that advantage in a 48–39 loss.
Mount Gilead led 11–10 after the opening period and 21–16 by the half. However, Buckeye Valley took both the third and fourth quarters by 16–9 margins to pull in front for the win.
Xavier Harris picked up 10 points for Mount Gilead, while Godfrey added eight.
Gilead Christian Eagles
Gilead Christian hosted Gahanna Christian last Thursday and suffered a 61–20 loss.
The undermanned Eagle team fell behind 10–4 after the first quarter and their opponents added to that lead during the rest of the game, outscoring Gilead Christian 18–3 in the second quarter, 12–6 in the third and 21–7 in the fourth.
Danny Bruce’s 11 points led Gilead Christian.
In action from the past week-plus, Highland lost a nailbiter to East Knox 53–50 on Saturday, Dec. 29 and then fell 46–31 to Pleasant last Friday.
No further information on either game was available.