non-league game by draining a pair of key three-pointers to send Logan
Elm past the visiting Westland Cougars 62-55.
CIRCELVILLE – Adam Blake and Tim Congrove turned the tide of a Saturday evening non-league game by draining a pair of key three-pointers to send Logan Elm past the visiting Westland Cougars 62-55.
“Those two shots were very important for us. That’s when we started to really pick up the intensity and score some more points,” Congrove said. “Adam’s shot at the end of the third gave us some momentum for the fourth quarter.”
Logan Elm put together a 21 of 38 (55 percent) shooting performance from the field, while also converting 14 of 16 (88 percent) free throws.
“The kids took care of the ball well and looked for good shots,” Logan Elm coach Doug Stiverson said.
Congrove led all scorers with 22 points and also had eight rebounds. Zach Holbrook followed for the Braves with 16 points and Adam Blake had 13 points and five assists.
The Braves (9-3) and Cougars (4-8) battled closely through the first three quarters as neither side led by more than five points.
Logan Elm started to turn momentum at the end of the third period with Adam Blake taking a feed from Congrove and burying a triple at the buzzer, putting the Braves ahead 39-38 going into the final period.
“Early on we were fighting fatigue, but the kids dug deep down and concentrated,” Stiverson said. “We didn’t play very smart in the first half, but the kids settled down in the second half to play smart basketball.
“That’s what we need to do when we are fatigued.”
Congrove began the fourth quarter by canning a three-pointer of his own and hitting a jumper, increasing the Logan Elm lead to 44-41.
The Braves then rolled off 10 of the next 14 points. A technical foul against Westland gave Logan Elm an additional opportunity as Congrove sank the two free throws and scored four during the run.
Westland trimmed the Logan Elm lead down to 57-54 with two free throws from Anthony Jackson, but Congrove was intentionally fouled on the next possession, sending the Logan Elm junior to the charity stripe, where he drained two more free throws with 29 seconds left.
Zach Holbrook added a free throw and Steve Largent scored on a layup to put the game away.
“Free throws were key for us down the stretch,” Stiverson said. “You have to take advantage of those opportunities in a close game.”
Demarcus Jackson had 15 points to lead the Cougars while adding five rebounds. Anthony Jackson gathered 14 points and four rebounds.
Logan Elm, sometimes playing all guards on the court, outrebounded Westland 22-17.
“We had all guards on the floor at various times during the game, but they hustled and brought in some key rebounds against an athletic team,” Stiverson said.
The Braves return to Mid-State League action Tuesday against Hamilton Township (8-4, 4-3). Westland travels to Lancaster the same evening for an Ohio Capital