Canal Winchester beats Teays Valley without Mullens

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Canal Winchester 78, Teays Valley 56
B.J. Mullens was missing from the hardwood Tuesday evening. His production was not. The rest of the Canal Winchester Indians stepped up to fill the
shoes of their 7-1 center in a 78-56 win over the visiting Teays Valley
Vikings. Darian Cartharn led game-scorers with 21 points for the Indians while
also pulling down eight rebounds. Remon Nelson tallied 19 points and seven
steals, and Jarmod Woodley scored 11 points and added eight rebounds.


CANAL WINCHESTER — B.J. Mullens was missing from the hardwood Tuesday evening.

His production was not.

The rest of the Canal Winchester Indians stepped up to fill the shoes of their 7-1 center in a 78-56 win over the visiting Teays Valley Vikings.

“I was going around to the guys before the game asking them to step up,” Canal Winchester senior guard Remon Nelson said. “We were going to miss a lot of points and minutes B.J. typically gives us and we needed to makeup for that.

“We had some guys step up and help fill the void for one game.”

Darian Cartharn led game-scorers with 21 points for the Indians while also pulling down eight rebounds. Nelson tallied 19 points and seven steals, and Jarmod Woodley scored 11 points and added eight rebounds.

“We had a little success early and I think that helped us overall,” Canal Winchester coach Kent Riggs said. “We hit some shots early and we had a lot of kids getting involved.”

The Indians hope to have Mullens back by the weekend as the Canal Winchester senior is awaiting medical tests for an illness.

Canal Winchester (11-2, 8-0) set the tone early in this Mid-State League Buckeye Division tilt with an aggressive press. The Indians forced Teays Valley (6-7, 2-6) into six turnovers during the opening period and outrebounded the Vikings 8-5 to register a 26-15 lead.

“We wanted to get off to a good start,” Nelson said. “Coach wanted us to press a little extra because we had five guards on the floor. We had some more quickness and were able to apply some pressure and get some extra chances.”

Nelson led the way during the initial eight minutes with seven points and two steals and Cartharn tallied five.

Canal Winchester relaxed its pressure in the second quarter, but still benefited from five more Teays Valley turnovers to outscore the Vikings 16-10 in the period. Cartharn tallied eight more points in the second quarter to finish the first half with 13 points.

The Indians continued to expand its 42-25 halftime cushion with a 16-13 third period and a 20-18 fourth quarter.

Teays Valley finished the game committing 22 turnovers against four for Canal Winchester.

“Anytime you lose the turnover battle 22-4, you aren’t going to win games,” Teays Valley coach Doug Etzler said. “We gave them 22 extra shots and only got four extra opportunities.

“They came out very focused and had a good attitude. We weren’t as focused as we needed to be.”

Nathan Dresbach had eight points to lead the Vikings. Pete Freeman, Alex Ell and Walter Stewart each added seven points.

Canal Winchester converted 29 of 62 (47 percent) shots. Teays Valley connected on 21 of 47(45 percent) opportunities from the field.

The Vikings return to action Friday with a non-league game at Miami Trace. Canal Winchester continues MSL play Saturday on the road against Fairfield Union.

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