Chillicothe opened their FAC Boys Basketball season with a 67-39 win over Miami Trace at Hatton Memorial Gym, Friday night.
Coach Eric Huffer summarized after the Cavs pounding of Miami Trace that” the loss and performance at Zane Trace on Tuesday may have been a good thing. ”The Cavs certainly out-manned Miami Trace, but their intensity, unselfishness, and chemistry were leaps and bounds above their Tuesday performance.
Chillicothe raced to a 19-4 lead after a quarter. A smothering defense and transition offense propelled the Cavs to a 29-4 lead early in the second period.
Six foot seven junior Brandon Noel owned the paint scoring 17 points in the first half while grabbing about every rebound. Noel ended with 25 points even in limited time in the second half. Noel brought the crowd to their feet with 4 thunderous dunks.
Nine Cavaliers hit the scoring column, with Tre Beard notching 11, Jayvon Maughmer and Chris Postage added 9 each. Maughmer also added some scintillating assists.
Chillicothe shot 48% from the floor (27-56) and 73% from the foul line (8-11). The Panthers were 15 of 44 on field goals and a poor 2-11 from the three point line.
MT subs Gabe Arazo and Cody Brightman led the Panthers with 9 and 12 points.
The win sends the Cavaliers to (3-1) overall and (1-0) in FAC play. Chillicothe goes on the road three times next week including 2 FAC games.
Miami Trace: Mathews 5; Brown 8; Conn 1; Arazo 9; Moore 2; Brightman 12.
Chillicothe: Beard 11; Maughmer 9; Noel 25; Postage 9; Roper 3; Smith 2; Duncan 5; Riffe1; Taylor 2.
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