and defeated Mid-State League Buckeye Division rival Logan Elm 82-55. Mullens led the way for the undefeated Indians by putting forward a
double-double of 34 points and 19 rebounds.
CANAL WINCHESTER — It’s hard to miss Canal Winchester senior and future Ohio State Buckeye B.J. Mullens.
But it’s also hard to miss his teammates.
Canal Winchester put three players into double figures Saturday evening and defeated Mid-State League Buckeye Division rival Logan Elm 82-55.
“This was a big win for us to get in the league,” Mullens said. “We came out of the locker room in the second half and executed better than we did in the second quarter.
“We slowed down on fastbreaks when they had more numbers back than we did and we didn’t try to rush our shots. We worked for our shots and got better opportunities.”
Mullens led the way for the undefeated Indians by putting forward a double-double of 34 points and 19 rebounds. Remon Nelson collected 16 points and Darian Cartharn added 10 points.
“We got a lot of kids who can score, but one kid (Mullens) who can score a lot,” Canal Winchester coach Kent Riggs said. “It’s a delicate balance for us, but the kids look for their stuff and also get the ball into B.J. as much as they can.”
Canal Winchester also dominated the glass, outrebounding visiting Logan Elm 38-15.
“We didn’t get a lot of second and third chances and they controlled the boards,” Logan Elm coach Doug Stiverson said. “When you have a kid (Mullens) who can get above the rim to rebound, that is definitely an advantage.”
The Indians (7-0, 5-0) controlled the game early, taking a 22-9 lead over Logan Elm (4-3, 4-1) after the first period. Mullens led the Indians during the opening stanza, scoring 10 points and pulling down three rebounds, while Nelson tallied six points.
Logan Elm was slow to heat up from the field, shooting only three of 15 (20 percent) in the first quarter. Fortunates turned in the second quarter for the Braves as they hit seven of 13 (54 percent) opportunities.
“The key for us was we needed to shoot the ball well,” Stiverson said. “We ran our offense as well as we have this season and got a lot of good looks, but we couldn’t knock very many of them down overall.”
The Braves rolled off 15 of the first 19 points of the period, led by junior Tim Congrove, who led Logan Elm with 21 points, scoring eight points, and Adam Bake hitting for five points. Logan Elm also took advantage of six Canal Winchester turnovers during the run, cutting the Indians’ lead down to two.
“Our kids hung in there and made a ballgame out of it heading into halftime,” Stiverson said. “The kids competed hard and they were able to get some shots to fall in the second quarter which really helped us.”
Canal Winchester expanded the lead out to 33-26 at halftime, thanks to Mullens putting in four points in the final two minutes.
The Indians regained control of the game for good in the third quarter by outscoring Logan Elm 25-11. Mullens put down a dunk to begin the second half for the Indians and scored eight points during the third period, while Nelson added six points.
“Logan Elm is a good team with good shooters,” Riggs said. “Logan Elm made a few runs, but our kids held and were able to make several runs of their own to take control of the game.”
Logan Elm’s cold shooting returned with the Braves putting in only three of 10 shots from the field.
The Braves finished the evening shooting 19 of 50 (38 percent) from the field. Canal Winchester hit 34 of 62 (55 percent) shots.
Adam Blake added 19 points for Logan Elm.
Both teams get to recharge over Christmas break and return to action Thursday. Logan Elm travels to Westfall and Canal Winchester heads to Newark.
“They're awful good and it will be the most physical game we have seen so far,” Riggs said. “In our league we are usually chasing guys so this will be a little different pace. They have kids who are 6-8 and 6-6 inside and we'll see a different look.”