with us,” Zanesville coach Scott Aronhalt said. “We were 0-3 against Chillicothe
over the last two years.”
CHILLICOTHE – Scott Aronhalt knew the law of averages had to eventually be on the side of the Zanesville Blue Devils.
“I told the kids before the game that the law of averages has to be with us,” the Zanesville coach said. “We were 0-3 against Chillicothe over the last two years.”
The combination of Logan Aronhalt and Cedric and Andre Harris made sure the law of averages did catch up Saturday evening. The deadly trio combined for 54 points and 18 rebounds in a 68-63 Zanesville road win over Chillicothe to claim the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League championship in front of a sold out crowd.
“We've learned a lot about playing Chillicothe in the last three losses,” Logan Aronhalt said. “We knew we had to play extremely hard and take advantage of the opportunities we had. Everybody played a role in this, and it's nice for our team to have this championship.”
Aronhalt paved the way for the Blue Devils with 22 points and nine rebounds. Andre Harris made 9 of 12 shots from the field for 21 points, and Cedric Harris tallied 11 points and 10 assists.
Zanesville (18-2) took charge of the game, and ultimately the SEOAL crown, at the beginning of the fourth quarter with a 14-2 run.
Joe Prati had two layups during the run, Aronhalt tallied four points and Andre Harris put a cap on the surge with a steal and layup, allowing the Blue Devils to take a 58-46 lead with 4:51 remaining.
“This game came down to our guys making plays when we needed to,” coach Aronhalt said. “That run was very important for us.”
Chillicothe (18-2) tried to fight back behind the play of guard Anthony “Humpty” Hitchens, who posted a game-high 34 points. The Chillicothe senior cut the Zanesville lead down to 58-51 on a three-pointer and layup.
Hitchens scored 15 of the Cavaliers 19 points in the final period.
Zanesville countered by increasing its lead to 65-55 on the strength of two free throws and an old-fashioned three-point play from Prati, along with two charity tosses by Aronhalt.
“We played better than we did in the previous games when we got a lead,” coach Aronhalt said. “Chillicothe is such a good and explosive team, but we were able to counter when they hit shots or when they made a run. We kept our composure and that was the difference in the game.”
Stuart Beverly gad 10 points and seven rebounds for Chillicothe, and Seth Dawes contributed eight points and eight rebounds.
Prati had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Blue Devils.
Zanesville plays either Columbus St. Charles or Columbus Walnut Ridge in the Division I sectional tournament next Friday at New Albany High School.
The Cavaliers hit the court Saturday for tournament play at Southeastern High School against either Miami Trace or Hillsboro.