BLANCHESTER — Shrugging off another slow start, the Blanchester boys basketball team used a 22-2 first half run to pull away from Felicity 65-39 Friday in Southern Buckeye Conference National Division action at the BHS gym.
The Wildcats trailed 8-2 early and then 12-7 before scoring 22 of the next 24 points to seize control of the game with a 29-14 lead.
“I was a little frustrated with our lack of discipline on the defensive end and our (lack of) patience when we did get in the half-court set,” said BHS coach Adam Weber.
The Wildcats (2-1 overall, 1-0 in the SBCN) were sparked by subs JD Weiderhold and Harbor Lovin in the first half.
Lovin came off the bench and immediately contributed two stickback baskets and a free throws to stop an early thrust by the Cardinals. Weiderhold controlled the boards with a game-high 10 rebounds.
“Both Harbor and JD gave us a shot in the arm with their desire-type plays,” Weber added. “They have accepted their roles by going down around the rim and getting us second and third chances.”
The two combined for 9 offensive boards in the game.
Jordan Stroud drained a 3 — with Alec Richardson netting the assist off an offensive rebound — to tie the game at 12-12. Dylan Miller assisted on Cam Carroll’s basket late in the first quarter to give BHS a 17-12 lead.
Blanchester continued its run in the second quarter. Richardson, who struggled with his shot all night, opened the Wildcats scoring in the second with a 3-pointer. Dade Coyle later had a steal and basket and Dylan Miller dropped in a 3 to make it 27-14.
But Felicity pulled within 9 late in the first half and then again in the third quarter before the Wildcats went on another scoring binge.
This time a 19-2 outburst made it 58-30 midway through the fourth quarter and all but sealed the win for the ’Cats.
“Our transition game had some really high moments,” said Weber.
Stroud had 12 for Blanchester while Dylan Miller came in with 11 and Richardson finished with 10.
Dominic Ruwe led Felicity with 17 points.
Dec 4, 2015
@Blanchester High School
(39) FELICITY (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Cochran 1-0-2-4 Kuwe 5-0-7-17 Boeckmann 4-1-2-11 M. Simpson 1-0-1-3 Arkenau 0-0-1-1 J. Simpson 1-0-1-3 Liming 0-0-0-0 Perry 0-0-0-0. TOTALS 12-1-14-39
(65) BLANCHESTER (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Coyle 1-0-1-3 D. Miller 5-1-0-11 Q. Miller 4-0-0-8 Richardson 4-2-0-10 Stroud 4-1-3-12 Lovin 4-0-1-9 Weiderhold 3-0-0-6 Grogg 0-0-0-0 Carroll 1-0-2-4 Trivett 1-0-0-2 Baker 0-0-0-0. TOTALS 27-4-8-65
FIELD GOALS: F 12-35 B 27-60 (D. Miler 5-8, Lovin 4-6, Q. Miller 4-7, Stroud 4-7)
3 PT FIELD GOALS: F 1-4 B 4-12 (Richardson 2-7)
FREE THROWS: F 14-20 B 8-9 (Stroud 3-4 Carroll 2-2)
REBOUNDS: F-22 (Cochran 6) B-41 (Weiderhold 10, Stroud 8, Q. Miller 5, Lovin 5, Richardson 5, D. Miller 3)
ASSISTS: F-4 B-11 (Coyle 2 D. Miller 2 Q. Miller 2 Richardson 2)
STEALS: F-8 (Ruwe 3) B-9 (Carroll 2, D. Miller 2, Coyle 2)
BLOCKED SHOTS: F-0 B-7 (Weiderhold 2, Stroud 2, D. Miller 2)
TURNOVERS: F-24 B-19
Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports.
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