The Chillicothe Cavaliers passed their first road test with a convincing 67-43 win at Miami Trace Friday night.
The Cavs jumped out to a 19-13 first quarter lead behind the hot outside shooting of Jalen Jordan. The senior guard hit three straight trifectas and 5 total threes in the first half to get the Cavs off to a good start. Jordan led the Cavs with 19 points.
The Panthers made their biggest run of the night in the second stanza to come back and take a 21-19 lead. The Cavaliers answered behind Simon Roderick taking the ball to the basket for 8 of his 12 points on the night.
Chillicothe took a 35-27 halftime lead and never looked back. The Cavs extended their lead to 49-36 in the third period.
The second half featured a switch to a zone defense for Chillicothe which effectively slowed down Panther Darby Tyree, who came into the game averaging 24 points a game. Tyree finished with 19 points to lead MT.
Offensively, Chillicothe continued their balanced attack with two sophomores off the bench in the second half. Sophomore Jayvon Maughmer scored 12 of his season high 14 points in the last two quarters, including two threes.
Sophomore Tre Beard played most of the second half and added two threes for 6 points. Senior Branden Maughmer was also in double figures with 10 markers and came up with several key steals to fuel the second half run.
Coach Eric Huffer was pleased with the Cavs balanced scoring. Coach Huffer felt Jordan’s first half shooting was big for the Cavs and was encouraged with the developing depth of the Cavalier attack.
Chillicothe returns to FAC play Tuesday night, hosting the Blue Lions of Washington C.H.
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