WILMINGTON – Eastern Brown came out of the gates clicking on all cylinders, burying Blanchester in an early hole and never looked back in a 71-46 over the Wildcats in Saturday afternoon action at the Ohio Valley Hoops Classic.
Charles Bellamy led Eastern with 22 points and nine rebounds as 11 different Warriors reached the scoring column.
“They just came out and set the tone early. Plain and simple,” Blanchester head coach Adam Weber said. ” They beat us to loose balls, took us out of our game in every way possible.”
After an early Blanchester free throw, Eastern rattled off 16 of the next 18 points. A Marcus Day 3-pointer at the first quarter buzzer gave the Warriors a 16-3 advantage.
Blanchester’s offensive woes continued into the second quarter. Over the first two quarters, the Wildcats hit on a mere 2-of-21 from the field and that, coupled with an 18-0 Eastern Brown run midway through the second quarter, had the halftime score at 40-9.
Eastern Brown shot a nearly 50 percent from the field in the opening half (17-of-35) and hit on a blistering 5-of-8 from downtown. On the flipside, Blan was 0-for-7 from deep as part of their 9.5 percent first half shooting performance.
“We couldn’t get into a single thing on the offensive end,” Weber said.
Much to Blanchester’s credit, the Wildcats came out of the halftime break with spirited effort, outscoring Eastern 21-14 at one point to pull within 54-30 at the 1:15 mark. However, that was as close as the Wildcats would get as back-to-back treys by Mickey Hundley and Bellamy pushed the EB lead back out to 62-30 after three quarters.
“We just have to get better. We have to improve and play with more composure when we face Fayetteville on Tuesday,” Weber said.
Jordan Stroud gave Blan its most offensive firepower by scoring 21 of his 23 points in the second half. Stroud buried two treys in the third quarter and finished the game 7-of-12 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Cam Carroll had a solid game for the Wildcats chipping in with 15 points and five rebounds.
For Eastern Brown, Austin Doss scored 13 to join Bellamy in double figures. Day finished with nine points and 11 rebounds, while Hundley had eight points and seven boards.
Blanchester was hurt on the glass as Eastern outrebounded the Cats, 43-30.
Nov 28, 2015
Ohio Valley Hoops Classic
@Fred Raizk Arena
Eastern Brown 71 Blanchester 46
(71) EASTERN BROWN (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Rigdon 2-0-0-4 Day 4-1-0-9 Kelch 2-0-0-4 Bellamy 9-4-0-22 Hundley 3-1-1-8 TJ Stivers 1-0-0-2 M Stivers 1-0-0-2 Gruber 1-0-0-2 Doss 6-1-0-13 Diener 0-0-0-0 Unger 0-0-0-0 Purdy 1-1-0-3 Tolle 0-0-0-0 Starrett 1-0-0-2. TOTLAS 31-8-1-71
(46) BLANCHESTER (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Richardson 0-0-1-1 Carroll 5-1-4-15 D. Miller 2-0-0-4 Stroud 7-2-7-23 Weiderhold 0-0-1-1 Trivett 0-0-0-0 Coyle 1-0-0-2 Q. Miller 0-0-0-0 Lovin 0-0-0-0 Grogg 0-0-0-0. TOTALS 15-3-13-46
FIELD GOALS: EB 31-60 (Bellamy 9-15, Doss 6-9) BL 15-50 (Stroud 7-12)
3 PT FIELD GOALS: EB 8-15 (Bellamey 4-7) BL 3-14 (Stroud 2-4)
FREE THROWS: EB 1-5; BL 13-26 (Stroud 7-8)
REBOUNDS: EB-43 (Day 11 Bellamey 9) BL-30 (Richardson 5 Carroll 5 D Miller 4 Weiderhold 4 Stroud 3)
ASSISTS: EB-11 (Hundley 3) BL-6 (Richardson 3 D Miller 2)
STEALS: EB-8 (Doss 2 Rigdon 2) BL-9 (Stroud 3)
BLOCKED SHOTS: EB-3 BL-4
TURNOVERS: EB-16 BL-14
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