Chillicothe’s winning ways continued Tuesday night in a 66-50 win over longtime rival Portsmouth.
Tommy Bolte drained six consecutive points to snap an 8-8 score early to give the Cavs breathing room against the Southeast District’s DIII #3 seeded Trojans. Eddie Wells, Isaiah Johnson and Nate Rosenbauer helped Chillicothe to a 23-14 first quarter lead.
The Cavs were playing their fourth game in the last five nights, but Coach Eric Huffer told the team before the game there was no time to back down. “There were no excuses comin’ in” said Huffer in his postgame interview. “I don’t care how many games you’ve played the last two weeks, you suck it up, playu with a sense of urgency and we come out here and get it done for our seniors and keep it going.”
Portsmouth closed to within four points three times in the third, but couldn’t overtake the Cavs.
The victory was the eleventh in twelve games for the Cavaliers who broke a series tied at 43-43.
Chillicothe was up 37-27 at the break, and 49-43 through three periods. The Cavs rallied for an 11-3 run to start the fourth and with 2:59 remaining had a 15-point lead.
Chillicothe knocked down 57% of their shots to the Trojans’ 43%.
Bolte hit 11-of-17 shots and led all scorers with 28 points. Johnson and Wells had 11 points each while Nate Rosenbauer and Matt Benson paired for 7 points apiece and Nolan Taylor had two.
Sky Oliver led Portsmouth with 19 points and Ky’rie Allison had 11.
Chillicothe (14-6) will close out the regular season Friday at East Clinton.