Chillicothe Wins Second Straight FAC Championship With Win Over Hillsboro

Coach Eric Huffer and his Cavaliers can check off one of their season goals. The Cavs clinched the Frontier Athletic Conference championship with a 56-40 workman like win over Hillsboro at Hatton Gymnasium. The championship is the second Cavalier FAC crown in the second year of the FAC.

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Chillicothe had handled the Indians earlier this season with a barrage of threes and an early 25 point lead. This time Hillsboro slowed the tempo and played a triangle and two defense to slow the Cavs down.

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Chillicothe was cold from the three point line but got 12 first quarter points inside from Jayvon Maughmer and Brandon Noel to lead 17-9 after a quarter. The Cavaliers couldn’t put away the pesky Indians and led only 28-19 at the half.

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Hillsboro looked like they were headed to an upset cutting the Cavs lead to four and having the basketball midway in the third period. Chillicothe was able to tighten the defense and power inside to finish the quarter on a 10-2 run and gain control 42-28 after three quarters.

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Cavalier big man Brandon Noel was big again with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Maughmer added 14 markers and 7 rebounds for Chillicothe.

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Mason Swayne and Ryan Scott each scored 11 for the Indians.

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For the second straight game the Cavs struggled from three point land, hitting only 1 of 12 threes. Chillicothe however went inside with their offense and height advantage and shot 23-48 for 48%. The Cavs did commit 14 turnovers.

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The Indians were 16-38 from the floor for 42%, were out rebounded 25-17, and committed 16 turnovers.

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The Cavs are now 8-1 in conference play with only Jackson remaining in FAC play. Chillicothe hosts Meigs County Saturday in non conference action.

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HILLSBORO: Swayne 11; Watson 8; Miller 6; Scott 11; Temple 2; Bloomfield 2.

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CHILLICOTHE: Beard 3; Maughmer 14; Noel 21; Postage 7; Roper 2; Howard 4; Harris 3; Taylor 2.

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