CHILLICOTHE — Wilmington got off to a good start but had to battle into the fourth quarter to gain a 66-51 win over Chillicothe in a South Central Ohio League boys basketball game.
The Hurricane victory, coupled with Washington Senior’s 60-58 loss to arch-rival Miami Trace Friday night, gives WHS the outright SCOL championship.
Wilmington will host Washington Thursday night at Fred Summers Court. Washington does not have a freshman team so reserve action begins at 6 p.m. followed by the varsity game. WHS seniors will be honored between games.
Wilmington is 19-1 overall and remains undefeated in the South Central Ohio League at 13-0. Chillicothe falls to 9-9 overall, and the Cavaliers are 9-4 in the league.
Although the Hurricane took a 37-22 lead into the lockerroom at the intermission, Chillicothe battled and kept it close during the second half and eventually cut the deficit to 12, 59-47, in the fourth quarter before Wilmington pulled away.
“Our defense effort, outside of the first quarter, was very bad,” said WHS head coach Mike Noszka. “Despite getting the victory, we still have a long way to go on the defensive side of the ball. And we must get better. Give Chillicothe a lot of credit, they battled and played very well. When you have a team down, you must put them away and we failed to do that.”
Jarron Cumberland took control of the game offensively for the Hurricane, scoring 24 points in the opening half en route to a game-high 34 points.
With 2,114 career points, Cumberland is just 21 points away from Clinton County’s all-time leading scorer Don Fields,who graduated from Port William High School in 1959. He finished with 2,135 career points.
Also in double figures for the ’Cane was Chris Wolary with 11 points.
Kristian Boltenhouse was the Cavaliers’ leading scorer with 20 points, including 14 in the second half. Brandon Maughmer added 13 for Chillicothe.
Feb 5, 2016
@Chillicothe High School
Wilmington 66 Chillicothe 51
(51) CHILLICOTHE (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Maughmer 5-3-0-13 Rosenbauer 1-0-2-4 S. Rodrick 1-1-0-3 Boltenhouse 8-0-4-20 Benson 1-1-0-3 Barnes 1-0-0-2 Johnson 2-2-0-6 Coffland 0-0-0-0. TOTALS 19-7-6/10-51
(66) WILMINGTON (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Stewart 1-0-0-2 Miller 4-0-0-8 Beaugard 1-0-1-3 Cumberland 11-2-10-34 Mansfield 2-1-3-8 Wolary 5-1-0-11 Morris 0-0-0-0 Smith 0-0-0-0. TOTALS 24-4-14/19-66
TURNOVERS: C-14; W-9
Bill Liermann covers high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @learjet.