Despite sitting out most of the third quarter with 3 fouls, Cavs senior Branden Maughmer still scored a career high 31 points to lead his Cavs over visiting Hillsboro 76-62.
Maughmer netted 21 in the first half as the Cavs built a 41-30 lead. Senior Jason Benson was big in the first quarter as the big man stepped outside to hit three consecutive treys and Chillicothe’s first ten points of the game.
It looked like the home team was taking control until the Indians caught fire in the third period. Hillsboro took the ball to the basket and hit 10 of 11 shots while the Cavs went just 5 of 14 without Maughmer. A 23-11 third quarter advantage had the visiting Indians up 53-52 headed to the final stanza.
The Cavaliers forced a couple of turnovers and Soph Jayvon Maughmer stepped up to score the final five of the third and opening bucket of the fourth to get the home team back on top. Branden Maughmer added 10 more in the final stanza, and Sophomore big man Brandon Noel put in six as Chillicothe built their lead to eight.
The Indians effort faded in the final minutes as the Cavs quickness created layups against late Hillsboro pressure. Chillicothe scorched the nets for 11 straight field goals in the final quarter.
Maughmer notched his 31, while brother Jayvon Maughmer added 11. Noel came off the bench for 16, and Benson was the fourth Cavs player in double figures with 10.
Hillsboro was tough on offense hitting 25 of 42 for a hot 60%. The Indians hit only 8-14 from the foul line and did give up 11 offensive boards to the Cavaliers.Junior Ethan Watson led the Indians with 21 points, Josh Keets added 13 and Marshal Ward had 11 for the visitors.
The Cavaliers go to (4-0) in FAC play and (5-1) overall. Chillicothe still has lots of action left this week with a trip to Marion Franklin Thursday, hosting neighboring Unioto Friday, and a FAC match at Jackson on Saturday.
Hillsboro: Mycroft 9; Watson 21; Keets 13; Ward 11; Crawford 3; Clark 5.Chillicothe: B Maughmer 31; J Maughmer 11; Benson 10; W Roderick 4S Roderick 2; Noel 16; Jordan 2.
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