ADAMS TOWNSHIP – Wilmington quickly recovered from its first loss of the season with a 65-20 South Central Ohio League win over Clinton-Massie Tuesday night.
The victory gives Wilmington an undefeated mark of 11-0 in league play and a 14-1 overall record. The only loss came Saturday night against Moeller, 40-31.
Clinton-Massie falls to 5-8 overall and 3-6 in the SCOL.
Wilmington put up 14 points in each of the first two quarters while holding the Falcons to just six points in each period, as the Hurricane took a 28-12 lead into the locker room.
With a third quarter explosion of 23 points, fueled by a 19-2 run, Wilmington extended the advantage to 51-17 after three.
Cam Stewart, who had 15 points on the night, scored 10 of the Hurricane’s third quarter points.
Jarron Cumberland, who led all scorers with 22 points, had 13 in the first half. Chris Wolary added nine points, while Alex Miller followed with eight points for Wilmington.
For Clinton-Massie, the top scorer was Noah Greathouse with seven points and Trey Uetrecht had three points for the Falcons.
Clinton-Massie head coach Dustin Eads, realized going into the contest it was an uphill task.
“I was really pleased with my team’s desire and their hard play the entire game,” Eads said. “We knew going in that it would take a near-perfect effort against them because Wilmington is so good. They never quit and played as a team the entire game. We don’t get anytime to rest and now we have to get ready for Whiteoak down there tomorrow night.”
The Falcons travel to Mowrystown Wednesday with freshman game tipping-off at 4:30 p. m.
Whiteoak is led by a familiar face to Clinton Countians, as former East Clinton Astros assistant coach Jeremy McGraw is in his second year as the head coach of the Wildcats.
As for Wilmington head coach Mike Noszka felt his team struggled early but then turned it on in the second half.
“We played much better in the second half and right now it’s a grind,” Noszka said. “We’re playing seven games in a 15 day stretch and we have to keep getting better.
“Our half-court defensive pressure was better and our motion offense still has a way to go. Looking at the tape from the Moeller game, we had to stress better rebounding and we focused on that aspect of the game tonight.”
Wilmington won the battle of the boards 34-25. Cumberland led the Hurricane effort with 10 rebounds while Wolary pulled down eight rebounds. Uetrecht and Chris Demler each pulled down five rebounds for the Falcons.
Clinton-Massie was plagued by turnovers, committing 29 which the Hurricane converted into 36 points. Wilmington turned it over 13 times, including eight in the second half.
Wilmington’s next action will be on Friday versus Hillsboro at Fred Summers Court.
Jan 26, 2016
@Clinton-Massie High School
Wilmington 65 Clinton-Massie 20
(65) WILMINGTON (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Stewart 6-3-0-15 Miller 4-0-0-8 Beaugard 1-0-0-2 Cumberland 8-0-6-22 Wolary 4-0-1-9 Morris 0-0-0-0 Gauche0-0-0-0 Griffith 0-0-0-0 Wright 0-0-0-0 Smith 1-0-0-2 Mansfield 2-0-3-7. TOTALS 26-3-10-65
(20) CLINTON-MASSIE (fg-3fg-ft-tp) LeFord 0-0-0-0 Chowning 0-0-2-2 Greathouse 2-1-2-7 Uetrecht 1-0-1-3 Weiss 0-0-0-0Boyd 1-0-0-2 Myers 1-0-0-2 Ch Demler 1-0-0-2 Wolfe 0-0-2-2 Olberding 0-0-0-0 Laake 0-0-0-0 Phillips 0-0-0-0 Settlemyre 0-0-0-0 Raleigh 0-0-0-0. TOTALS 6-1-7-20
FIELD GOALS: W 26-55 (Stewart 6-11 Cumberland 8-16 Miller 4-5 Wolary 4-8);6-34 (Greathouse 2-6, Boyd 1-3)
3 PT FIELD GOALS: W 3-10 (Stewart 3-5); CM 1-11 (Greathouse 1-11)
FREE THROWS: W 10-14 (Cumberland 6-8 Mansfield 3-5); CM 7-8 (Wolfe 2-2, Chowning 2-2, Greathouse 2-2)
REBOUNDS: W-34 (Cumberland 10 Wolary 8 Beaugard 5 Stewart 4 Miller 4 Mansfield 3); CM-25 (Uetrecht 5 Demler 5 Greathouse 4 Weiss 2)
ASSISTS: W-12 (Stewart 5 Cumberland 3 Beaugard 3); CM-4
STEALS: W-19 (Cumberland 6 Stewart 4 Beaugard 3 Smith 2 Mansfield 2); CM-7 (Uetrecht 2)
BLOCKED SHOTS: W-3 (Wolary 2); CM-3 (Myers 3)
TURNOVERS: W-13 CM-29
Bill covers high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @learjet.
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