Facing a 22-point deficit, the Logan Elm caught fire from the field, scoring 51 points in the second half to erase its hole and shock the visiting Teays Valley Vikings 72-67 in a Mid-State League game.
CIRCLEVILLE – Once the first spark ignited in the third quarter, the Logan Elm High School boys basketball team went on a scoring barrage.
Facing a 22-point deficit, the Braves caught fire from the field, scoring 51 points in the second half to erase its hole and shock the visiting Teays Valley Vikings 72-67 in a Mid-State League game.
“I don't know what happened,” Logan Elm senior Bryant Blake said. “It happened so fast.
“Once Adam (Blake) hit a three and Chad (Holbrook) knocked down two three-pointers, we just went on a tear.”
Logan Elm shot 15 of 25 (60 percent in the second half and outscored Teays Valley 30-10 in the fourth quarter. Tim Congrove had 10 of his team leading 22 points in the fourth period.
Bryant Blake and Steve Largent, who helped to keep the Braves somewhat in the game during the first half, each added 14 points.
The Saturday evening contest was much different in the first half as Teays Valley junior Brandon Amann, who led all scorers with 35 points, seemed like he couldn't miss. Amann made seven of eight shots during the first quarter and scored 18 of the Vikings' 22 points in the period.
“We played well on both ends of the floor in the first half,” Teays Valley coach Doug Etzler said. “We didn't waste many shot opportunities and we also had a good defensive effort.”
Largent was the only offense for the Braves in the first quarter, scoring eight of Logan Elm's nine points.
Teays Valley (2-2, 0-2) added to its lead with a 17-12 second period, increasing its advantage to 39-21 heading into the locker room for halftime.
Once in the locker room, Logan Elm coach Doug Stiverson delivered a message to his team.
“We didn't do many things right in the first half,” Stiverson said. “I got on the kids about losing focus in the first half, which really cost us.
“Our defense wasn't very good and our offense couldn't do much outside of Largent. I told the kids to go back to the things we harp on in practice, like trying to play good defense and feeding on that energy.”
Logan Elm matched its first half output in the third quarter, but could only trim the deficit by three points because of Teays Valley remaining hot from the field.
The Braves started to wither the lead down at the end of the third period with Adam Blake draining a three-ball. The shot was quickly matched with Chad Holbrook and Bryant Blake also going deep, trimming the Teays Valley lead to 57-48.
“It just seemed to catch,” Logan Elm's Chad Holbrook said. “We started making shots in the third quarter, everyone started to feel better and I felt good shooting from three-point range.”
Logan Elm (2-1, 2-0) continued to work the Teays Valley lead down, connecting on four more shots from three-point land as part of a 16-7 run.
Congrove canned the last trey during the streak with 2:11 remaining in the game to tie the score at 64-64.
“When you give up 51 points in a half and 30 of those in the last quarter, you aren't going to win,” Etzler said. “Give credit to Logan Elm for coming back, but our defense wasn't there in the fourth quarter and it hurt us.”
Largent put the Braves ahead for good by bringing down an Adam Blake missed shot in traffic and putting the ball back up for two with 1:21 remaining.
The Braves salted away the game at the charity stripe, making all six shots down the stretch.
“This was an amazing comeback and has to be the best one I've seen,” Stiverson said. “We got Adam Blake back from an injury, and in his first appearance he gutted it out and played well.
“Chad Holbrook made some big shots, Steve Largent kept us in the game early and Bryant Blake gutted it out on a gimpy ankle.
“Timmy (Congrove) had another solid game. This was just a great comeback and hopefully our team grew up some with this win.”
One of the big advantages for Logan Elm came on the free throw line. The Braves made 22 of 28 shots (79 percent), while the Vikings converted just seven of 17 attempts (41 percent).
Alex Ell followed Amann by scoring 10 points and Nathan Dresbach chipped in nine for the Vikings.
Teays Valley made 27 of 49 (55 percent) shots from the field.Chad Holbrook and Adam Blake each had nine points for Logan Elm.
The Braves step out of MSL play Tuesday with a trip to Adena.
Teays Valley returns home Friday to face MSL foe Bloom-Carroll.