CHILLICOTHE – Gary Kellough’s Chillicothe Cavaliers forced 13 first half turnovers while holding Logan to 27-percent shooting including just one of six from beyond the arc before halftime. The Chieftains compounded their first half struggles by only knocking down two of nine from the charity stripe.
The Chillicothe offense was equally impressive in the first couple of quarters as the Cavs shared the ball producing 18 first half field goals on 12 assists while shooting an impressive 55% before intermission.
All totaled as the teams headed to the locker room, Chillicothe led 46-15 and the second half produced more of the same as the Cavs rolled to a 71-46 SEOAL victory.
“I felt like we had great balance tonight,” Kellough said. “We always want our offense to work inside-out, and tonight I thought we did a good job of getting Raymond (Chambers) touches and he and the other inside guys made some good decisions.”
Chambers, a 6-7 senior, had his way with the Logan defense from start to finish. The Chillicothe center connected on all six shot attempts in the third quarter scoring half of his game-high 23 points including a follow up dunk that stretched the Cavalier lead to 40 at 62-22.
Chillicothe also got a great game on the frontline from Seth Dawes. Dawes scored 11 points and grabbed 11 boards playing a great complementary role to Chambers in the paint for the Cavs.
“The rebounding is a big key because it helps take the pressure off of Ray,” said Dawes. “We can’t just stand and watch and hope Ray gets every rebound. It is important for us to get position and help him on the boards. Tonight, I just tried to get good position and I was fortunate to have the ball coming off my way.”
The Cavaliers had a third guy in double-figures with Anthony Hitchens scoring 11 points. The Akron-bound senior guard connected on three first quarter triples to help Chillicothe start fast extending the Logan zone defense leaving the middle and short corner for Chambers and Dawes to take over the game. Chillicothe off-guard Caleb Knights also added nine points.
Logan did continue to play hard forcing Chillicothe into 17 turnovers – a number that Coach Kellough is not thrilled with, but does realize is a possibility when playing the up-tempo that the Cavaliers like to play.
“We definitely had some times when we lost our focus and got lazy with the basketball,” said Kellough. “Those are the turnovers that are unacceptable, but several of our mistakes are a result of how we like to play.”
Logan was led by eight points from Lucas Wright as the Chiefs drop to 4-5 overall and 2-3 in the SEOAL.
The purple and white return home Saturday night to host New Lexington.
Chillicothe, a team that dropped its season-opener to Columbus Brookhaven, has now won seven straight since that loss. The Cavs are currently 7-1 and 5-0 in the league as they enter a busy week that includes a home game with Gallia Academy on Tuesday, and a road trip to Marietta next Friday before squaring off with Newark High School at Ohio State on Saturday.
“We know we have to continue to work hard and get better,” said Chambers. “Coach is always telling us to stay humble and work hard on the defensive end. We are excited about the chance to play Newark next week, but we know we have some other important games before then, so we just need to stay focused.”