EAST LIVERPOOL - In a highly-anticipated match-up at East Liverpool's Potter Fieldhouse, the Wellsville Tigers defeated the East Liverpool Potters by a 64-58 margin on Wednesday. The Tigers improve to 2-0 while the Potters' record is now 1-1.
The Tigers received 14 points each from the trio of Camden Douglas, Antonio Fultz and Seth Bradford. Nate Scott totaled 12 and Jordan Sloan eight as the Tigers received balanced scoring from their starters. Bradford topped all rebounders with 13 caroms. Scott and Sloan grabbed seven and six missed shots respectively.
East Liverpool was paced by Austin Emmerling with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Hayden Cunningham hoped 11 and also pulled down 10 missed shots. D.J. Austin was close behind with 10 points as were Kade Reynolds and Aaron Long with eight each. Long grabbed seven rebounds.
"East Liverpool played hard," said Wellsville head coach David "Bug" Thompson. "We got some breaks and hit some shots when we needed them. East Liverpool is going to beat a lot of teams."
The Potters shot just 36 percent (22 of 61) from the floor and 48 percent (10 of 21) from the foul line.
"We never got hot in terms of shooting all night long," said East Liverpool head coach Nate Conley. "Defensively, rebounding and in transition, we played well. We just couldn't buy a bucket."
The Tigers connected on 25 of 52 (48 percent) field goal tries.
"We had too many turnovers," said Thompson. "As long as they keep playing that hard and keep attacking the basket like they do, I can't complain. In our style of play, there are going to be turnovers. I may not like it, but I can understand some of them."
Wellsville jumped out to a 13-7 lead after one quarter, fueled initially six quick points from Fultz. The Tiger defense held the Potters to just two baskets in 17 attempts in the first eight minutes.
The Tigers expanded their lead to ten twice in the second quarter. The first double-digit margin came on a dunk by Douglas after he wove his way to the hoop for a 24-14 Tiger lead. The second 10-point spread was at 28-18 on a Scott charity toss with 23 seconds remaining in the half. A well-timed tip-in by Long brought the Potters to within 28-20 at intermission.
In the third quarter, the Potters cut the Tigers' lead to five, 37-32 on a basket by Reynolds off of an Austin feed. The Potter postmen Long and Emmerling worked very hard in the third quarter with Long tallying four points before whistled for his fourth personal with 2:33 remaining in the quarter. Emmerling battled his way to eight points in the quarter.
"Austin is getting the results of all the hard work he put in during the summer," said Conley in talking about Emmerling. "He is capable of having a double-double every time."
Fultz and Douglas each scored six points and Scott five for the Tigers in the third frame.
Wellsville opened up a 16-point lead, 57-41 in the fourth quarter following hoops by Bradford and Scott, the latter coming on a crisp feed from Douglas.
"Cam does a good job of controlling the ball for us," said Thompson is discussing Douglas. "He gets us into our offense. He is almost like having a coach on the floor."
Utilizing a fullcourt press, the Potters fought their way back, repeatedly cutting the deficit to eight, following baskets by Zack English, Austin and Emmerling. Fultz, Douglas and Sloan answered with Tiger points to keep the hosts at bay.
Douglas led the Tigers with seven assists followed by Scott and Sloan with six each. Austin dished out six assists for the Potters. Cunningham was credited with four steals.
"I'm not upset with this loss as Wellsville may be the best on our schedule," said Conley. "We played to the final whistle."
Wellsville won the jayvee game 56-38. Justin Miller paced the Tigers with 18 followed by Branzen Grodhaus with 13 and Hayden Dalrymple with 12.
Both teams are on the road Friday as Wellsville travels to ITCL foe Mineral Ridge and East Liverpool goes to Steubenville.
EAST LIVERPOOL: 7-13-16-22-58
WELLSVILLE SCORING: Camden Douglas 5-2-14, Nate Scott 4-3-14, Antonio Fultz 7-0-14, Seth Bradford 6-0-14, Brendon Carr 1-0-2, Jordan Sloan 2-4-8, Sam McIntosh 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 25, 9-13: 64.
EAST LIVERPOOL SCORING: Kade Reynolds 3-1-8, D.J. Austin 4-1-10, Zack English 1-0-2, Austin Emmerling 6-2-14, Hayden Cunningham 3-4-11, Aaron Long 3-2-8, Isaac Davidson 2-0-5, Owen Crawford 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 22, 10-21: 58.
Three-point goals: Wellsville 5 (Douglas 2, Bradford 2, Scott), East Liverpool 4 (Reynolds, Austin, Cunningham, Davidson).