Miami Trace came to Chillicothe Saturday night looking to move into a first place tie with the Cavs.
Any hope of a Panther revenge win quickly disappeared when Chillicothe came out on fire going up 12-2 and leading 20-7 after the first quarter and cruised to an 81-39 win to clinch no worse than a share of the Frontier Athletic Conference crown.
Jayvon Maughmer and Jason Benson hit three early triples against the MT zone and then the Cavs began to split the zone and attack the basket with great success. Meanwhile defensively, the Cavs totally frustrated the two big MT scorers, forcing Darby Tyree and Cameron Carter into many contested shots.
The Cavaliers’ barrage kept coming with 22 second quarter points and 28 more in the third. Eleven Cavs got in the scoring column as the home team shot a torrid 63% from the floor.
Seniors Branden Maughmer and Simon Roderick led the attack with 17 and 16 points. Maughmer’s 17 included a roof raising slam dunk.
The Panthers managed just 30% from the floor on the night.
The win sends Chillicothe to an (8-0) FAC mark while MT falls to (6-2).
Chillicothe travels to Hillsboro next a Friday with a chance to clinch an outright championship.
Coach Eric Huffer felt coming out aggressive was a key. “We had a talk after last night’s game at McClain and I thought we came out ready to play our game.”
Miami Trace: Carter 11; Tyree 9; Brown 8; Lewis 3; Cockerill 5; Mathews 2; Fender 1
Chillicothe: B Maughmer 17; Benson 8; J Maughmer 9; W Roderick 6; S. Roderick 16; Noel 9; Jordan 2; Postage 6; Lawson 4; Hirsch 2; Harris 2
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