The Chillicothe Cavaliers weren’t fazed one bit moving to the Central District Tourney in Division One and facing a 14 win team from the OCC. The FAC champs scored a season high 86 points in their 86-77 win at Hatton Gymnasium over Olentangy.
Chillicothe may have surprised Olentangy early with their quickness and attacking of the basket. The Cavs certainly forced the Braves to play up tempo and led 37-26 at intermission. Olentangy could not defend the FAC Player of the Year Branden Maughmer from penetrating and inside players Will Roderick and Brandon Noel spent all night going to the basket for the Cavs.
It looked like Chillicothe would cruise to the win leading 57-42 after three quarters and going up 20 in the fourth. However the Braves forced some turnovers, hit 6 final quarter threes, and after several Cavalier misses at the foul line, got within 6 of the lead with a little over a minute remaining. The Cavaliers managed to finish out strong behind Maughmer’s 12 of 12 from the foul line. The elder Maughmer led the victors with 25 while Will Roderick and Noel were huge with 20 points each.
Chillicothe was torrid from the floor going 31-41 on the night with repeated drives off of transition or splitting pressure defense. The Cavs were 19-26 from the line for 73%, although all 7 free throw misses came in the fourth quarter.
Olentangy was led by junior Sean Marks who hit for 31, 23 in the second half. The Braves were 32 of 67 from the field for 48%. They hit six late threes to finish 8 of 24 from the three point line.
Chillicothe advances to the district semi finals on Wednesday and faces a very good Hilliard Bradley squad at a neutral sight to be decided this weekend. Coach Eric Huffer’s team gained their 17th win, but according to Coach Huffer, “we better rebound better next week or we will be in big trouble against Bradley.”
OLENTANGY: Marks 31; Sieve 12; Kinnaird 14; Brown 10; Wiff 3; Gossett 3; Milliron 2; Riedel 2
CHILLICOTHE: B Maughmer 25; W. Roderick 20; S. Roderick 8; Benson 5; J Maughmer 8; Noel 20.
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