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Western scores key road FC win at New London

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Dec 7, 2018 at 11:11 PM

NEW LONDON — The Western Reserve boys basketball team broke open a tight game at halftime with stingy defense over the final 16 minutes of Friday’s 50-40 win in the Firelands Conference opener at New London.

The Roughriders (2-1, 1-0) led 26-25 at halftime. But in the second half, they limited the Wildcats (1-2, 0-1) to just 15 points to pull away for the key road victory.

Western led 18-12 after one quarter, and outscored the hosts 14-9 in the third quarter to open up a 40-34 lead. The ‘Riders then outscored the Wildcats 10-6 over the final eight minutes.

In the win, Aiden Markley finished with a game-high 17 points to pace Western. Luke Rowlinson added 13, and Jude Muenz scored nine. John Skrada added a pair of 3-pointers for six points.

For New London, Ben Crawshaw and Karson Howell each scored 11 points, with Jacob Allen adding eight. Ashton Carruthers scored seven points.

Western finished 19-of-45 shooting and 5-of-10 at the free-throw line, while the ‘Cats were 15-of-46 from the floor and 5-of-7 at the line.

Western entertains Keystone tonight in a non-league game, while the ‘Cats are off until next Friday when they host South Central.

 

WESTERN RESERVE (2-1, 1-0)

J.J. Weisenberger 1-0—2; John Skrada 2-0—6; Jude Muenz 4-0—9; Aiden Markley 6-3—17; Luke Rowlinson 5-1—13; Luke Wyers 1-1—3. TOTALS 19-5—50.

NEW LONDON (1-2, 0-1)

Colin Cole 1-0—3; Ben Crawshaw 4-0—11; Ashton Carruthers 3-1—7; Jacob Allen 3-2—8; Karson Howell 4-2—11. TOTALS 15-5—40.

W. Reserve  18   8 14 10 — 50

New London 12 13 9   6 — 40

3-point FGs: (WR) Skrada 2; Markley 2; Rowlinson 2, Muenz. (NL) Crawshaw 3; Howell, Cole

 

South Central 58, Monroeville 39

MONROEVILLE — The Trojans ran their early season record to 3-0 overall (1-0 FC) with Friday’s road win over the host Eagles.

Simon Blair scored a game-high 28 points for South Central, as he connected on 13-of-22 shots in the victory. He also added five rebounds and four steals.

David Lamoreaux added 16 for the Trojans, while Alex Holland had five points and seven rebounds.

South Central led 11-8 after one quarter and 33-17 at halftime, on the strength of a 22-9 second quarter.

For the Eagles (0-3, 0-1), Isaac Roeder had 12 points, Cody Schaffer scored 10 and Chayce Schaub added nine.

 

SOUTH CENTRAL (3-0, 1-0)

Simon Blair 13-1—28; Sam Seidel 0-4—4; Alex Holland 1-3—5; David Lamoreaux 8-0—16; Isaiah Seidel 2-1—5. TOTALS 24-9—58.

MONROEVILLE (0-3, 0-1)

Anthony Dublo 1-0—2; Cody Schaffer 3-2—10; Chayce Schaub 3-3—9; Isaac Roeder 5-1—12; Mason Tonelli 1-0—2; Eli Sweet 2-0—4. TOTALS 15-6—39.

S. Central  11 22 12 13 — 58

Monroeville 8  9  12 10 — 39

3-point FGs: (SC) Blair; (M) Schaffer 2, Roeder

 

Margaretta 68, Edison 26

CASTALIA — Edison took an early 4-3 lead on a Dylan O’Dell basket, but Margaretta scored the next 14 points on its way to a dominating 68-26 win on Friday night.

The Polar Bears (3-0, 1-0 Sandusky Bay Conference Bay Division) used a suffocating diamond-and-1 press to disrupt Edison (0-3, 0-1) early, forcing seven first-quarter turnovers.

“Give Margaretta a lot of credit. They kept us off balance with their pressure and changing defenses,” Edison coach Kyle Hammond said. “We have a young group; we struggled and it snowballed.”

Larry Kessler led the Chargers with seven points. Edison shot just 20 percent (9-for-44) from the field.

“The good shots we did take, we couldn’t get them to fall,” Hammond said.

Edison has a week off before hosting Vermilion next Friday.

 

EDISON (0-3, 0-1)

Dylan O’Dell 2-0—4, Caleb Bissell 1-0—3, Carson Ehrhardt 2-0—4, Larry Kessler 2-2—7, Patrick Amburgy 1-1—3, Connor Romell 1-0—3, Aiden Yoder 1-0—2. TOTALS 10-3—26.

MARGARETTA (3-0, 1-0)

Mitch Raifsnider 4-2—10, Spencer Michel 4-1—9, Dylan Morris 8-0—19, Nick Leibacher 3-2—10, Brycetyn Hedden 1-0—3, James Weaver 1-2—4, Daltyn Wiedbrauk 3-0—6, Josh Miller 1-1—3, Jake Leibacher 2-0—4. TOTALS 27-8—68.

Edison         4   6   6 10 — 26

Margaretta 12 24 22 10 — 68

3-point FGs: (E) Bissell, Kessler, Romell; (M) Morris 3, N. Leibacher 2, Hedden.

 

Sandusky 81, Bellevue 58

SANDUSKY — Trey Ruhlman scored a game-high 24 points for the Redmen in Friday’s SBC Lake Division loss to the Blue Streaks.

Trailing 27-22 midway through the second quarter, Bellevue (2-1, 0-1) was outscored 13-1 in the final minutes and never got closer than 15 the rest of the way, suffering its first loss of the season.

Dylon Jones had 19 points to pace 10 Blue Streaks (1-0, 1-0) in the scoring column. Sandusky forced 20 Redmen turnovers and won the battle of the boards 37-32.

Bellevue finished just 15 of 47 from the field. Caleb Marshall chipped in 13 points and eight rebounds.

 

BELLEVUE (2-1, 0-1)

Garrett Vickery 2-0—4, Caleb Marshall 5-3—13, Trey Ruhlman 5-12—24, Hunter Martin 0-2—2, Parker Smith 1-5—7, Evan King 0-1—1, Richard Stombaugh 2-2—7. TOTALS 15-25—58.

SANDUSKY (1-0, 1-0)

Jayden Greene 5-3—15, Tahj Staveskie 3-4—11, Dylon Jones 8-1—19, Ja’Torry Johnson 1-0—2, Ra’Landes Johnson 3-0—6, Xavier Parker 2-0—4, William Simpson 2-0—4, Noah Caston 1-0—2, Trent Scott 3-0—7, Davion Henry 4-1—9. TOTALS 32-9—81.

Bellevue 13 10 16 19 — 58

Sandusky 16 24 26 15 — 81

3-point FGs: (S) Greene 2, Jones 2, Staveskie, Scott; (B) Ruhlman 2, Stombaugh

JV: Sandusky, 40-38.

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