inside-out offensive balance that had one extra run that proved to be
the difference in its 75-66 win at Unioto. Adena established one of the league’s true breakout stars in Logan
Hauserman. The 6-8, sophomore post player scored 12 of his 18 points in
the opening period. Unioto
countered in the post with 6-9 junior Alex Kimsey.
Adena established one of the league’s true breakout stars in Logan Hauserman. The 6-8, sophomore post player scored 12 of his 18 points in the opening period combining great back-to-the-basket moves with numerous put backs to open up a slight early advantage. Unioto countered in the post with 6-9 junior Alex Kimsey. Kimsey scored 13 points, grabbed five rebounds, and blocked five shots, but like Hauserman spent much of second quarter in foul trouble.
With both teams turning to the bench, Adena got some late first half contributions from a trio of juniors. Zack Skaggs, Eamon Boyle, and Chris Welch all played key minutes in the late second quarter that helped the Warriors take a 37-33 halftime advantage.
“Our bench guys have done a great job of accepting their roles,” said Adena head coach Lou Postage. “We talk a lot with those guys about playing quality minutes even when they don’t necessarily get the quantity.”
The first minute of the second half had Unioto in danger of letting it get away. Adena’s prolific scorer Clay Roll, who had been somewhat quiet in the first half, started the half coming off a double screen and knocking down a deep three from the left wing. Roll then converted a turnover into a transition bucket to quickly push the Warrior lead to 42-33.
“I thought our guys did a great job of feeding Logan in the early going and he responded with a big first half,” said Coach Postage. “In the second half, we wanted to get Clay (Roll) going so we ran a set for him to start the half and he responded with a big shot.”
Back came Unioto. The Shermans responded with ten unanswered points capped off by a drive and dish from Ben Bower to Ryan Shreve that resulted in a lay-up that put Unioto up 43-42 forcing Adena to take a timeout. Out of the huddle, Adena responded with a 10-point spurt of its own thanks to a spark from junior point-guard Clay Ragland. Ragland first split a half court trap and slashed down the middle finding Hauserman for the easy two. The Adena floor general then recorded a couple of steals in the next two possessions converting the first himself with two free throws and assisting Collin Uhrig in transition on the second.
“Consistency is the big thing that is missing for us right now,” said Unioto head coach Matt Hoops. “We have positive spurts in us that allow us to get in games, but then we follow that up with mistakes that play us right back out. We just need to continue to work hard, keep getting better, and find a way to become more consistent.”
Unioto would come back again. Coach Hoops turned up the defensive pressure and got steals and transition scores from Bower and Curtis Baker; however, when Unioto got the Adena lead back to 54-51, it was Roll that came up with a pair of three-point plays the old-fashioned way to pull away for good. Roll sealed the deal late connecting on seven of eight free throws in the game’s final quarter.
Roll finished with a game-high 25 points while Hauserman pulled down 10 rebounds to go with his 18 points. Uhrig also scored 12 points while working hard on Baker who led Unioto with 18 points.
The win moves Adena to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the SVC while Unioto drops to 0-4. Adena returns home to play Logan Elm Tuesday night while Unioto remains home as it welcomes Jackson.
In other SVC action, Huntington remains perfect winning on the road at Southeastern behind 21 and 12 points from Josh and Justin Kellough, respectively. Westfall, just two weeks removed from the football final four, exploded in its hardwood opener blowing out Paint Valley 94-46. Westfall was led by Bryant Gibson’s 27 points as well as 19 apiece from Tyler Cobb and Bryan Boring. Rounding out the SVC, a young, talented Piketon team continued its early success beating Zane Trace 60-55.
Throughout the southeast, Vinton County got 24 points from Dustin Guthrie in a 78-45 win over Nelsonville as the Vikings move to 4-0. In the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League, Chillicothe blew out Gallia Academy 51-26 and Logan beat Athens 89-53.
In a huge, early-season Southern Ohio Conference match-up, Oak Hill edged Wheelersburg 43-41. McDermott Northwest held off Waverly 58-57, and in the other half of SOC play Green beat Beaver Eastern 61-60 while Symmes Valley beat Western in overtime 76-73.
The Southern Hills League was also highlighted by an overtime game with Leesburg Fairfield beating Fayetteville 64-57 while Ripley beat Whiteoak 52-38 and Lynchburg Clay beat Manchester 93-75.