In a back and forth FAC battle, Washington Court House was able to nail eight straight free throws to break a late tie and give Chillicothe it’s first ever FAC basketball loss 47-41.
Chillicothe shot 47 shots to just 28 for the Blue Lions, but WCH hit 15 of 20 free throws to help win the game. The Cavs hit just 16 of their 47 shots and managed only 4 of 9 from the charity stripe on the night.
The Blue Lions used their pressure defense in the first half to force 11 Cavalier turnovers, and converted many to easy baskets. All five Cav starters scored in the first half as Chillicothe trailed 28-24 at intermission.
The Cavaliers adjusted well at halftime cutting down turnovers and stopping WCH basket penetration. The Cavs outscored the Lions 12-7 in the third and led by one point headed to the final eight minutes.
The final quarter was back and forth. A Cavs missed shot in the lane and back to back missed free throws allowed Washington to retake the lead with a little more than a minute remaining. Senior Blaise Tayese scored all 12 Blue Lion points in the final quarter on two drives and 8-8 from the foul line.
Jayvon Maughmer led the Cavs second half push scoring 10 of Chillicothe’s 15 points and finishing with a game high 17. Tre Beard added 10 and Brandon Noel had 8 but only 3 in the second half.
The Cavaliers held Dillon Steward (32 in his last game) to just 8 points, but Tayese scored 14 and Evan Upthegrove notched 12 to help the Blue Lions to victory.
Washington Court House goes to (2-0) in conference play to tie Greenfield McClain at (2-0). The Cavaliers are (1-1) and travel to McClain on Friday.
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Lou Postage interviews Coach Eric Huffer following the Cavs loss to WCH. Hear it on the podcast link below...