With a minute left in the 1st quarter Tuesday, Tommy Bolte gave Chillicothe a seven point lead, but at night’s end, the Cavs came up seven points short in a 50-43 loss to Groveport.
The visiting Cruisers used an effective box-n-one defense to limit the Cavs leading scorer eight second half points while the Cavs managed to hit just 35% of their shots from the field. “That (box-n-one) gave us some trouble” said Cavs Coach Eric Huffer. “We can’t have a guy at the top catch it and travel because he’s trying to look to get the ball to Tommy. And we’ve gotta put in some sets for that because we know it’s coming. It was a good learning experience for us tonight, not only for our guys, but for me as a coach.”
After trailing Chillicothe 11-6, Groveport won the second quarter to knot the game at 20-20 at the break.
“I felt we were still okay at that point, holding a team that wants to run to 10 points a quarter” said Coach Eric Huffer after the game.
To the Cavs misfortune, Groveport hit on their first three possessions to start the second half and eventually built their lead to 37-25 over the next 8 minutes. Chillicothe made just 1-of-11 shots in the quarter, and for the middle quarters, just 5-of-23 (22%).
Huffer was pleased with his team’s first half performance. “It was 20 points, it was 8-10 points and that’s what we want. I told them ‘Get ready, ‘cause they’re gonna come out and start swingin’ right at the beginning (of the 3rd) we’ve gotta be able to handle this run… and they did and we weren’t ready for it”.
CJ Crowder put together a string of baskets in the third quarter to build separation. The Cavs battled back and forced some Groveport turnovers whittling the margin to 45-41 on back-to-back three pointers by Eddie Wells, but with just 1:12 remaining, the Cruisers kept the Cavs at bay with free throws. Groveport buried 18-of-22 shots from the line while Chillicothe was held to 3-of-5.
Wells scored 11 and Bolte ended with 23, 15 of them came in the first half. Only Tyrus Ferguson was in double figures for Groveport while seven players scored for the Cruisers.
The Cavs (1-1) travel to Amanda Clearcreek Friday.