Logan Elm cruises past McDermott 78-46


Logan Elm cruises past McDermott 78-46
Logan Elm hit nine of its first 12 shots Friday evening against McDermott Northwest and cruised to a 78-46 win at Southeastern High School.

CHILLICOTHE — The flu isn’t the only thing contiguous this time of year.

Logan Elm proved shooting can be even more contiguous.

The Braves hit nine of its first 12 shots Friday evening against McDermott Northwest and cruised to a 78-46 win at Southeastern High School.

“Steve (Largent) hit a basket to start the game, and everyone seemed to get involved,” Logan Elm junior Tim Congrove said. “Our shooting was just contiguous.”

Congrove hit eight of 10 shots he attempted from the field, translating to a game-high 23 points. Bryant Blake and Chad Holbrook both contributed 10 points and Largent had eight points to go along with 10 rebounds.

Logan Elm (17-4) advances to the Ohio University Convocation Center for the fourth straight season, and is slated to face the winner of today’s game between
Warren and Meigs at 8 p.m. Thursday.

“Going to the Convo is one of our goals, and we wanted to keep the tradition of going there,” Congrove said. “This will make the fourth trip for Bryant Blake and we wanted to get him back there, along with the rest of our seniors.”

The Braves ignited its large following by recording 18 of the first 20 points in this Division II Southeast District sectional championship game.

Largent and Adam Blake each had a layup to start the game and Bryant Blake popped a three-pointer to put the Braves ahead 7-0.

Following a bucket from Northwest’s Hank Leslie, Congrove dialed up three triples and Adam Blake added another layup, putting Logan Elm ahead 18-2.

“Our kids were excited to play this game, and our ball movement was excellent,” Logan Elm coach Doug Stiverson said. “They did a nice job of being very unselfish, making the extra pass and running our offensive sets.”

The Braves finished the first period with a 22-8 lead.

Congrove tallied nine more points in the second quarter, finishing the first half with 18 points, as Logan Elm enjoyed a 35-18 halftime lead.

Logan Elm had 11 players reach the scorebook.

“Getting a lot of players on the floor and into the scorebook was fun for all our kids,” Stiverson said.

“Our guys on the bench work very hard to prepare our starters for games like this, and it was nice to see them get some time playing in the tournament.

“Mark Coleman gave us a boost and played some good minutes in the post for us.”
Leslie led Northwest (8-13) with 24 points and five rebounds.

Logan Elm limited Northwest to only three three-pointers.

“Our coaches did a good job of scouting them and we knew they were a good three-point shooting team,” Bryant Blake said. “We were able to make them put the
ball on the floor, and the ball pressure from Adam (Blake) and Chad Holbrook was important.”

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