Chillicothe earned its sixth straight win beating Clinton Massie 62-51 Saturday night.
There was concern the Cavaliers would be fatigued following their physical encounter at Miami Trace and the Falcons would be rested having a night off Friday night.
“Tonight was tough” said Cavs Coach Eric Huffer. “This was a big game… I thought we worked hard, it was one of those games where you just had to battle.”
The 1-3-1 zone created some problems for the Cavs. “They’re (Massie) long and they trap in the corners and trap on the wings… that caused us some problems. We made some good decisions to finish it off.”
The Cavs came out hot in the first period as Isaiah Johnson dropped in a three-pointer from the left and followed up a couple of Tommy Bolte free throws with another jumper taking a 7-0 lead. They led 15-6 at the end of the quarter and built a 13-point lead at 24-11. The Falcons started chipping away and pulled to 26-23 on a 20-footer by Cory Saddler. Nolan Taylor gave the Cavs a 5-point spread at the break with a buzzer beating lay in at 28-23.
Massie closed the gap and Dylan Rose tied the game at 31 and the teams exchange points over the next three possessions before Zach Santoro sank a pair of free throws with 1:10 left in the third for a 39-37 lead.
The Falcons led by as many as four before Bolte reduced the deficit to 45-44 on a three-pointer at 6:07 in regulation. Bolte followed up Matt Benson’s two free throws with a mid-range jumper and a layup for a 50-47 margin and the Cavs didn’t look back.
“We were not very good boxing out that second, third and fourth quarter at all” said Huffer “That’s frustrating because it’s something we practice every day.”
The Cavs hit 25 of 48 field goals for 52% to Massie’s 42%.
Chillicothe, winners of nine of their last ten games, were paced by Botle’s 27-points. Johnson dropped in 16 and Matte Benson 11 more. Nate Rosenbauer and Nolan Taylor had 4-points each.
The Falcons were led by Rose’s 18, Santoro’s 17 and 10 by Saddler.
Chillicothe (12-6/8-2) heads to Greenfield (Monday for a battle with McClain, Coach Huffer’s alma mater. “They have one of the best big men in the league in Ryan Falcouner… they don’t beat themselves. Should be a good crowd… should be a fun game.”
Clinton Massie (8-5/5-3) faces league leader Washington in back-to-back games, in Lees Creek Tuesday and Fayette County Thursday.