host Meadowbrook in control of the second go-round with Guernsey
County rival Cambridge and the Colts went on to complete their first
regular season sweep of the Bobcats in several years with a 58-37 East
Central Ohio League victory.
In a near duplication of the earlier triumph, Meadowbrook (9-7, 5-6 ECOL) jumped on Cambridge (8-9, 4-7 ECOL) in the first half, blitzing the nets with 15 goals in 19 shots to take a 36-19 upperhand. In the first meeting, the Colts led 24-11 at the intermission and were never challenged in a 55-33 decision.
“I was really proud of our kids tonight,” said Meadowbrook coach Keith Arnold. “I think they came out focused and kept their intensity the whole game.”
Meadowbrook broke on top 18-13 after one quarter, knocking down 8-of-11 action shots in the round. Senior Philip Biggs and sophomore Jeramie Neff tallied seven points apiece to spark the Colts.
In round two, Neff remained red-hot and drilled a trio of three-pointers to fuel an 18-6 Meadowbrook uprising which pushed the lead to 36-19 by the intermission. Neff's point-a-minute production in the first half stole the show while Cambridge managed just eight buckets in 28 shots (28 percent).
The Colts cooled considerably in the third chapter (3-of-13), but the Bobcats weren't able to make much headway as they outscored the hosts by just an 11-8 margin to trim the gap to 44-30 heading to the fourth period.
Meadowbrook tallied 12 of the first 15 points of the final frame, including five each from sophomore Ethan Shriver and Biggs, to seal the outcome.
Neff finished with a game-high 19 points for Meadowbrook. Biggs collected 15 tallies, nine boards and three assists while Shriver ended with a dozen points and five caroms. Senior guard Nick Hudson recorded six steals and had three assists in a supporting role.
Meadowbrook finished the night 23-of-40 from the field (57.5 percent) with 20 rebounds and 10 turnovers.
“Offensively, we h ad a good idea what we wanted to do,” Meadowbrook's Arnold stated. “We stood around too much in the first half, but Phil was finding the open man and Jeramie was real big in the first half for us. We did a much better job with our movement in the second half.
“Defensively, we played well, but we've got to rebound better,” the Colts' coach continued. “We gave them too many second-chance opportunities.”
For Cambridge, a four-game winning streak came to an abrupt end, and left third-year coach Don Vogt feeling his team had taken the proverbial two steps backward.
“We didn't even get a hand in their face,” he lamented. “There weren't any of our defensive sets that we played correctly and on offense, we were nowhere we were supposed to be all night.”
Vogt felt his team's inability to take advantage of Meadowbrook's lack of size was critical.
“We had a post touch on our first possession, then we go 1-for-8 on 'threes' and don't even try to get the ball inside,” the CHS coach offered. “When a team is maybe 5-10 on average, we need to get the ball inside and we just didn't do that.”
Junior Thomas Norris' nine points led the Bobcats. Seniors Tyler Brown and Trevor Markley tallied six points each, with Brown getting five rebounds and Markley four. Junior Taylor Leppla yanked down a dozen rebounds to go with five points.
Cambridge canned 15-of-46 floor shots (32.6 percent); had 31 rebounds and 14 turnovers.
NEXT — Both teams have home games on Tuesday, with Cambridge taking on Dover and Meadowbrook entertaining River View. JV action at both sites tips off at 6 p.m.