Chillicothe ended its 2012-13 regular season Saturday night with a 58-53 loss to Canal Winchester.
As they had Friday night, the Cavs fell behind by double figures, but would manage an opportunity to regain the lead in the final minute of play.
The Indians were coming off Friday’s last second shot loss to Fairfield Union and was in need of a lift. They might have felt good about their chances, while nursing an 11 point lead in the second half. But the Cavaliers had other things in mind.
Thomas Nolan and Seth McCoy were a one-two punch in building a 37-27 lead by halftime. The two combined for 25 points while the Indians shot 76% from the field for the first 16 minutes.
Canal Winchester sat back in a 2-3 zone defense which forced the Cavaliers to work ball movement for open shots or find a crease to wiggle through to the basket. That worked for most all of the third period, but Nate Rosenbauer closed out the third with a basket to cut the margin to 49-41. That sparked a 7-0 run as Chillicothe cut the lead to 49-46.
With 3:12 remaining, Rosenbauer hit a free throw and Tim Beard and Nolan Taylor scored back-to-back buckets. Taylor tacked on two more free throws to whittle the lead to 54-53 with just over a minute left. Canal closed out the game hitting three free throws.
It was the Indians’ 10th win against 12 losses. Chillicothe is now 7-15 after losing four straight.
Adam Bixler scored a career high 16 points behind Chillicothe’s four three-pointers. Zach Johnson added 13 points while Taylor, Tommy Bolte, Rosenbuaer and Beard combined for another 24.
McCoy paced Canal with 22 points and Nolan added 19.
Up next, the Cavs’ post season schedule. Chillicothe travels to Southeastern High School for a rematch with Washington Court House at 8:30pm. The Cavs beat the Blue Lions 57-38 on February 5th. Presale tickets for Friday’s game will be available tickets available Tuesday through Friday from 9a-2p at the Athletic Office and after school in the Hatton Gym Box Office
from 5:30-7:30pm Tues, Wednesday and Thursday. Tickets are $5 and the Athletic Department receives 25% of the presale monies.