By Dan Ramey
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For a second straight season, Upper Arlington snapped a four game Cavalier winning streak.
The two teams entered Saturday's game at UA undefeated, but the 2017 Regional qualifier earned a 61-33 win.
Dane Goodwin was the difference. The 6'5" senior forward knocked down 11 points in the first period and 12 more in the third to finish with 27 on the night.
"That's a guy that'll possibly be 'Mr. Basketball" and the Martz kid, those are two unbelievable players" said Cavs Coach Eric Huffer after the game.
"Third opportunities is what really killed us." The Cavs were outrebounded 30-16, 14 of them were offensive put backs. The Bears' attack on the boards frustrated Chillicothe's offensive efforts.
"That's tough when you're working you butt off with a team that makes great action, take the shot that you want and then we can't secure that rebound" said Huffer.
Upper Arlington (4-0) exposed some areas the Cavaliers need to improve offensively. "I think the last four games, our defense has been good" added Huffer "but our offense just does not look good."
Chillicothe fell behind 20-8 on a buzzer beating three-pointer by Martz at the end of the first quarter and trailed 24-14 at halftime. But then the Bears went on a 26-7 roll in the third period to pull away 50-21.
"It shows us what we really need to work on" said Huffer. "I was proud of our effort. Offensive rebounding, when that shot goes up, they're (UA) like sharks, just crashing... and that's something we can learn from them."
Branden Maughmer led the Cavs with 13 points as the only player in double figures for Chillicothe.
With four games between now and Christmas Eve, Chillicothe (4-1) won't have much practice time. The Cavs return to FAC action Tuesday hosting Hillsboro, then hit the road to Marion Franklin Thursday, return to The Hatt to battle Unioto and head to Jackson Saturday to face Jackson.
CAVS (33): Branden Maughmer, 13; Jayvon Maughmer, 7; Will Roderick, 5; Simon Roderick, 4; Jalen Jordan, 2; Brandon Noel, 1; Darius Lawson, 1.
UPPER ARLINGTON (61): Dane Goodwin, 27; Will Grabovac, 13; Max Martz, 9; Kobe Buford, 4; Sam Sass, 2; Casey Jones, 2; CJ Karsatos, 2; Zach Backiewicz, 2.