Defense and patient ball handling were the keys for the Logan Elm Braves Saturday in a 53-34 win over the visiting Miami Trace Panthers. Junior guard Tom Congrove drained five of the Braves nine three-pointers and posted a game-high 17 points. Teammate Steve Largent scored 12 points and had nine rebounds, while Bryant Blake tallied 11 points.
“We just picked it up on defense in the second half and made a few shots on offense,” Logan Elm junior guard Tim Congrove said. “There were a few times where we had to play defense for a while against them and be patient.
“We got some rebounds inside and came down the floor and ran our offense pretty well. Steve Largent had an advantage inside with his size, so we got the ball into him where he could shoot or allow the defense to collapse on him and throw it back out to one of us.”
Congrove drained five out of the Braves nine three-pointers and posted a game-high 17 points. Largent scored 12 points and had nine rebounds, while Bryant Blake tallied 11 points.
The Braves (13-3) began to build its lead in this non-league game with a 12-2 run in the second quarter. Benefiting from Miami Trace turning the ball over on five straight possessions during the run, Congrove knocked down a pair of triples and a jumper to help Logan Elm to a 26-14 halftime lead.
“We did alright defensively in the first half,” Miami Trace coach Aaron Hammond said. “We ran some zone against them that worked for the most part.
“As the game went on though, they were getting open on the perimeter for open shots that we didn’t want to give them.”
Miami Trace (5-12) cut its deficit down to 27-20 coming out of the break, thanks in part to an old-fashioned three-point play from Trevor Milstead.
Logan Elm followed by posting the next 16 points. Bryant Blake hit two three-pointers during the run, and Largent added five points as the Braves took a 43-20 lead into the fourth period.
“Our guys did an excellent job defensively,” Logan Elm coach Doug Stiverson said. “We thought we had them scouted well and we ran a lot of different things against them. We did some things we typically don’t do very often, but our guys responded.
“The kids were also very unselfish offensively and worked the ball around.”
Milstead led Miami Trace with 13 points and Brady Decker added seven.
Both schools return to league competition Tuesday.
Logan Elm travels to Circleville for a Mid-State League game. Miami Trace continues its road trip at McClain for a South Central Ohio League contest.
“This is an important league game for us,” Stiverson said. “Circleville is a good basketball team and it’s always a challenge when we have to go there.
“If we can take care of business against them, we still control our destiny in the league.”