Columbus Watterson put on an offensive clinic in the first quarter and cruised to an 82-44 Division II Central District sectional semifinal win over the Amanda-Clearcreek Aces.
Brad Morris has the details.
DUBLIN — When a team scores on 12 of 13 possessions in the first quarter, chances for victory are pretty good.
This was the case for the Bishop Watterson Eagles Wednesday evening. Watterson put on an offensive clinic in the first quarter and cruised to an 82-44 Division II Central District sectional semifinal win over the Amanda-Clearcreek Aces.
“This game basically is the story of our season,” Amanda-Clearcreek coach Scott Vayansky said. “Sometimes we have great effort, like we did Friday against Canal Winchester, and sometimes we don’t have as good of an effort, which was the case with this game.
“We don’t have enough talent to not put out our best effort and expect to get through a game.”
Andy Winters posted a game-high 15 points for the Eagles, Matt Schweitzer scored 13 points and Chris Grabosky added 11.
John Herion posted 10 points and seven rebounds to led the Aces, while Nathan Mathias tallied six.
Bishop Watterson (12-9) warmed up the Dublin Coffman Gymnasium with its shooting performance in the first quarter, canning 10 of 17 shots. Winters led the Bishop Watterson offense with eight points and Colin Boone contributed six points and a pair of rebounds.
Defensively, the Eagles held Amanda-Clearcreek (4-17) to two of 10 shooting and forced seven turnovers, translating into a 24-4 lead after the first period.
“We had a great start to the game in every phase,” Watterson coach Vince Lombardo said. “Our defense was able to get us started, and our kids took good shots on offense. We also forced some turnovers, which allowed us to get our transition game going.”
Bishop Watterson didn’t let down its guard in the second period, hitting six of 12 opportunities from the field while outscoring Amanda-Clearcreek 21-9. Grabosky led the offense with six points as the Eagles enjoyed a 45-13 halftime lead.
“We had a good opportunity to get everyone in the game and significant playing time,” Lombardo said. “Everyone did a nice job and I liked how our team stayed focus until the end of the game.”
The game marked the last time Dalton Smith, Joel Cooper and Herion play for the Aces.
“Dalton has been a leader on this team for three years. He helps to get everyone ready and pushes his teammates,” Vayansky said. “Joel has come on this season and bought into the program. Then John Herion came into our program in November and has played very well over the past five to 10 games. I wish I could’ve had him longer than just a year.”
Bishop Watterson advances to play fourth-seeded Buckeye Valley Saturday.
“We played Buckeye Valley earlier this season and lost by five,” Lombardo said. “They are an excellent basketball team that plays great defense. Scott Thomas is one of the better players in our area, and they also have some good players who know their roles.
“As long as we can have a shot in the fourth quarter, that is what we're looking for.”