GREENFIELD – Wilmington reeled off the first 15 points of the game Friday against McClain and never looked back in recording a 56-21 South Central Ohio League victory at the McClain gym.
Wilmington had an 18-r run in the second quarter, extending its lead to 39-5 at the intermission. McClain kept things closer in the second half, as Wilmington prevailed by a one point margin, 17-16.
The 21 points allowed by Wilmington is the fewest scored against the ‘Cane so far this season. WHS head coach Mike Noszka was pleased with his team’s defensive effort.
“They scored 49 against us the first time and we had a goal of no more than 30 going into the game,” he said. “We played great on that side of the ball, but we still committed too many turnovers (15) and we’ve got to fix that. We just need to stay focused and do a better job at executing.”
McClain head coach Jesse Mitchell knew going into the game Wilmington would press his squad, which led to 26 turnovers by the Tigers. He realized that match-ups would be a problem and the Hurricane had many ways to shoot the ball.
“I was really impressed by No. 3 (Cameron Stewart). He is a good ballplayer and we look at him as the glue which keeps that team together,” said Mitchell. “Cumberland is so good and no real way to contain him and they shoot it well on all ends of the floor. We wish them the best of luck the rest of the year and I think they can go deep in their tournament run.”
Cumberland led all scorers with 21 points, 15 coming in the first half. He did not play the fourth quarter.
Stewart also was in double figures with 16, including four three-pointers. Chris Wolary paced the Hurricane rebounding effort with 12, including four on the offensive glass.
Zach Peck led the McClain scoring attack with nine, including eight in the second half of play.
McClain’s next action will be an SCOL battle at Chillicothe on Tuesday, then the Tigers go to Washington to face the Blue Lions on Friday night.
Wilmington has a non-league game Saturday in the “Flyin’ to the Hoop” event at Fairmont’s Trent Arena. The Hurricane faces Walnut Ridge from Columbus.
“It’s going to be a tough battle for us and we’ll need to have a good four quarter effort against them,” said Noszka.
Wilmington’s next SCOL league game will be on Tuesday versus Miami Trace at Fred Summers Court.
Jan 15, 2016
@McClain High School
Wilmington 56 McClain 21
(56) WILMNIGTON (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Stewart 6-4-0-16 Miller 3-0-0-6 Beaugard 0-0-0-0 Cumberland 8-3-2-21 Wolary 2-1-0-5 McIntosh 0-0-0-0 Morris 2-0-0-4 Vaughn 0-0-0-0 Griffith 0-0-0-0 Wright 0-0-0-0 Creditt 1-0-0-2 Mansfield 1-0-0-2. TOTALS 23-8-2-56
(21) McCLAIN (fg-3fg-ft-tp) O’Connor 1-0-0-2 Dean 0-0-2-2 Starkey 1-0-0-2 Barton 0-0-2-2 Knaff 0-0-1-1 Mischal 0-0-0-0 Hardesty 1-1-0-3 Hollar 0-0-0-0 Peck 3-1-2-9. TOTALS 6-2-7-21
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