CIRCELVILLE – Style points are one thing. Intensity points are another. In the case of the Logan Elm Braves, they racked up a chunk of intensity points Friday night in a 52-42 win over visiting Bloom-Carroll.
“Our kids did an excellent job of playing with a lot of intensity,” Logan Elm coach Doug Stiverson said. “Bloom-Carroll is an excellent defensive team and this was a very physical game.
“The kids had to play hard as long as they could in a game like this, and I’m not sure if we would’ve fought played this hard a couple of games ago.”
Logan Elm senior Steve Largent posted a double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds, Chad Holbrook scored 10 points and Adam Blake tallied nine points and five rebounds.
“We had six guys all close to double digits, which was nice to see from our offense,” Stiverson said.
The Braves (8-3, 6-1 Mid-State League Buckeye Division) were able to get out to a quick 7-2 start to begin the game, but trailed Bloom-Carroll 18-15 after Lance Campbell drained a triple two minutes into the second quarter.
Logan Elm responded with a 13-4 run to end the first half, paced by Chad Holbrook scoring back to back buckets off of Bulldog turnovers, and Tim Congrove hitting a three-pointer and adding a layup to put the Braves ahead 28-22 at halftime.
“We knew we had to handle it (the ball) well, but we didn’t take care of it very well in the first half,” Bloom-Carroll coach Tom Petty said. “Logan Elm had a few spurts that killed us.”
Largent helped the Braves extend its lead to 10 coming out of intermission with two buckets, and Logan Elm never looked back.
“Offensively we got going in the second half,” Largent said. “We were ready to play hard, and we knew we had to come out and build our lead.”
Woody Schmitz led Bloom-Carroll (3-8, 2-5) with 15 points and eight rebounds, while Campbell tallied three triples for nine points.
Both teams hit the floor tonight for non-league competition. Logan Elm entertains Westland, while Bloom-Carroll travels to Granville.
“Westland is a good team who likes to play four guards and a post player,” Stiverson said. “They’re going to shoot the three a lot, and they are a very athletic team.
“Our kids are going to have to play a good ballgame.”