State semifinalists tip-off at Zane Trace Classic

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Piketon’s Evan Legg surpassed 1,000-career ponts this week. (Photo by Kurt Stubbs)

The Zane Trace Tip-Off Classic opened up boy’s high school
basketball in grand fashion this past Friday night at Zane Trace High
School. The annual event featured two teams that made
the Final Four a year ago in Piketon (D-III) and Logan Elm (D-II),
while several others were coming off successful campaigns. What happened…


The Zane Trace Tip-Off Classic opened up boy’s high school
basketball in grand fashion this past Friday night at Zane Trace High
School.

The annual event featured two teams that made
the Final Four a year ago in Piketon (D-III) and Logan Elm (D-II),
while several others were coming off successful campaigns.

The
opening match up, which felt more like a lunch break in terms of the
timing of the start, featured Piketon against D-II Hillsboro.

The
opening game was sloppy at times on both sides, but in the end Piketon
was able to convert too many easy baskets for the Indians to match.

D-II
prospect Evan Legg (6’2) was able to control the game from his point
guard spot scoring 17 points, handing four assists, and grabbing three
boards. The junior earned game MVP honors for the Red Streaks.

Teammate
Caleb Southworth (6’6) finished with 14 points, 14 rebounds, and four
blocks for the winners. 6-foot-1 junior Jamie Helton added 17 points in
his debut as a starter.

For Hillsboro, senior Airic
Steagall (5’10) led the way with 16 points and five rebounds. Classmate
Emanuel Turner (6’0) added 14 markers and seven caroms.

In game two, Bloom-Carroll and host Zane Trace needed 44 minutes to
settle their opener. It was a typical early season match up filled with
a lot of missed shots and its share of turnovers, but the three
overtimes brought about a back-and-forth chess match.

Eventually, B-C pulled away in OT No. 3 for a 73-69 triumph.

The game was filled with many changing moments including ZT’s Kirk Maxwell’s 30-footer at the end of the 2nd OT to tie the score at 60.

Sophomore
A.J. Ireland (6’3) scored 14 points and added eight rebounds before
fouling out to lead the ‘Dogs. Teammate senior Aaron McGraw scored a
like amount of points and snared four boards. Senior Tyler Kraft (6’3)
also scored 14 points and grabbed four rebounds.

However,
the play of freshman Isaac McGlone may have been the most pivotal.
McGlone came off the bench to the run point for the majority of the
second half and all three overtimes. The 6-foot-1 rookie was calm,
cool, and collective in scoring four points, hauling in six rebounds,
and handing out two assists.

6-foot sophomore Robbie Watts added nine points and four caroms.

In
defeat, ZT was led by senior lefty Derek Cochenour coming off the bench
to score 14 points including four triples and bringing down four boards.

Senior
Kirk Maxwell (6’2) ended his night for the Pioneers with 26 points and
six rebounds. Senior Rick Chamberlin (6’3) added 12 points and five
rebounds.

The final game of opening night saw Logan Elm smother Waverly with its pressure half court zone en route to a 55-37 triumph.

The
Braves were last seen on the court in Columbus losing a heart-breaking
overtime game to Dayton Thurgood Marshall. LE was winning by double
figures heading into the fourth quarter of that game.

Fast
forward nine months, and the Braves have left behind two 1,000-point
scorers in Brandon Amann and Tim Congrove. Though, there is enough
returning to make a return trip to Columbus.

The Braves
are pretty deep, have good length on defense which creates a lot of
turnovers, and have one of the more heady players around in senior Adam
Blake (6’0).

It took a while for Blake to get going
shooting consecutive uncharacteristic air balls to start the game.
After he settled in, it was the same old consummate leader. Blake
finished with 11 points and five rebounds.

However, it
was the play of classmate Tyler Pritchard (6’5) that sparked the
Braves. Pritchard using his good length on defense created several
turnovers and he rebounded the ball very well on both ends of the
floor. Pritchard ended his night with a game-high 17 points. The senior
was mainly a role player last season, but look for this solid D-II
prospect to break out this season.

LE may not have the
scoring power it possessed a year ago, but the Braves will get the job
done on defense and with their size and length. LE has three players
6-foot-5 in Pritchard, fellow senior Zack Fulton, and promising junior
Nathan Elswick. The latter is a player that can score inside and step
out and knock down the triple with consistency. Watch out for Elswick.

Waverly,
who is a very athletic team, never was able to get in sink thanks to
LE’s defense. The Tigers, however, should be a team that is very
dangerous come tournament time.

Harrison Martin (6’4)
led the Tigers with 12 points, while D-I recruit sophomore (6’6) Jake
Kretzer added 10 points and four blocks.

Saturday’s Tip-Off Scores:

Albany Alexander 65 Circleville 58

Greenfield McClain 52 Williamsport Westfall 38

Lucasville Valley 44 Washington CH 40

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