Chillicothe went on the road Friday and defeated the host Tigers at The Ironton Classic, 59-51. The night started off fast for the Cavs who raced to a 19 to 10 lead after the first quarter aided by a couple of 3 pointers by Tre Beard and the strong inside presence of Brandon Noel adding 6 points. Chillicothe extended their lead to 10 points at halftime 28 to 18 by shooting 44% in the half and holding the Tigers to just 35% while forcing 6 turnovers.
The beginning of the 2nd half started off much like the 1st half with the Cavaliers at one point taking the biggest lead of the game at 46 to 26 with 2:45 to go in the quarter. The Cavs had very balanced scoring in the 3rd quarter and torched the nets shooting 80% in the quarter and 4 of 5 from downtown. Jayvon Maughmer led the Cavs in the quarter with 6 points on two 3 pointers.
The Tigers were able to make the game close in the 4th quarter with very aggressive play and second-chance opportunities outscoring the Cavs 20-11 in the final quarter.
The Cavaliers shot 51% from the field for the game and were 8 of 19 from beyond the arc for 42% while the Tigers shot 37% from the field and were 2-9 from the 3 point line for 22%. Ironton did outrebound the Cavs 33 to 22 getting 20 offensive rebounds to just 10 for Chillicothe.
Brandon Noel led the Cavaliers in scoring with 17 points followed by Tre Beard with 16. Jayvon Maughmer added 12 while Vincent Roper 8 points and Chris Postage 6 points rounded out the scoring for the Cavaliers.
Noel led the Cavs in rebounds with 7. Maughmer led the team with 6 assists. Postage led the team in steals with 4.
The Cavs return to the court Saturday with a Frontier Athletic League battle with Jackson at Hatton Memorial Gymansium. News Radio WBEX 92.7FM/1490AM and iHeart Radio will have the broadcast with Greg Bigam and Lou Postage courtside.
Cavs Coach Eric Huffer was interviewed by News Radio WBEX' Lou Postage after their 59-51 win at Ironton. Hear the interview in our podcast link below...