NEW MANCHESTER, W.Va. - Utilizing a 12-2 spurt covering the final two minutes of the first quarter and the first five minutes of the second quarter, the East Liverpool Potters defeated the Oak Glen Golden Bears 62-45 in boys basketball action last night at Oak Glen High School. The Potters improve to 4-2. The Golden Bears fall to 1-4.
The Potters went on to outscore their hosts 22-5 in the second quarter and those 17 points were a major factor in the outcome.
"In the second quarter, we did what we needed to do," said East Liverpool head coach Nate Conley. "We forced turnovers and got out and ran."
East Liverpool was paced by Isaac Davidson with 17 points including buzzer beat shots at the end of the second and third quarters. D.J. Austin tallied 14, followed Hayden Cunningham with 11. Austin Emmerling was the game's top rebounder with eight grabs, followed by Aaron Long and Cunningham with seven each. Davidson dished out five assists and John Rickerd was credited with three steals.
"D.J. played a solid game at point guard," the Potter coach said. "His defense was top-notch. He got us some baskets, especially off of his drives, which opened up lanes for his teammates."
Oak Glen's Tyler Click topped all scorers with 26 points, featuring four three-pointers and a 10-of-13 performance from the foul line. Brennan Smith scored seven for the Golden Bears. Jakob Ford led Oak Glen with three assists followed by Bub Haddox with two.
Oak Glen jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead on three-pointers by Click and Smith and a Kyle Woodruff free throw. East Liverpool battled back, evening the score at 7-7 on a Kade Reynolds' trey. Davidson's three-pointer boosted the Potters' lead to 15-11 after first quarter.
The Potters continued their hot ways in the second quarter as Owen Crawford and Long both connected from close range. The Potters featured balanced scoring during their 22-point second quarter as six different players found the hoop. Oak Glen's only points of the quarter came on a Click three-pointer and a driving basket by David McGraw.
"You can't lose a quarter 22-5 and expect to get into the game," said Oak Glen head coach Dave Smith. "I used three timeouts during that quarter, but we couldn't stop their run. Their athleticism and three-point shooting ing took over during that quarter."
Despite being down 37-16 at intermission, the Golden Bears came out with determination in the third quarter, twice cutting the deficit to just 12 at 39-27 and 44-32. Each time the Potters seemed to have an answer, as Austin, Zack English and Cunningham each answered to with a hoop to keep the Golden Bears at bay.
"We got some solid minutes from the our bench during the third quarter, especially from Isaac Davidson, Zack English and John Rickerd," said Conley. "They really contributed."
East Liverpool opened up a 21-point lead in the final quarter, but Oak Glen kept battling back, eventually cutting the margin to just 13 at 57-44 with just 2:15 remaining on a pair of Click foul shots. Two baskets by Austin sandwiched around a Davidson hoop off of a Reynolds' feed stifled the final Oak Glen run.
"All in all, we had a good effort," Smith said. "We played hard in the second half and worked to get back into the game. Tyler played a fantastic game. It was a tremendous performance, unfortunately we needed to get more from the others and we didn't."
East Liverpool outrebounded Oak Glen 39-10.
For the Potters, this was their third win of the week, all on the road. The Potters return to action on Friday when they host Painesville Harvey in the nightcap of the opening round of the Potter Holiday Classic. The Golden Bears host Southern Local on Friday.
The Potter JV team won the prelim by a 63-29 count led by Zack Adkins with 18. He was supported by Dillon Reynolds 14, C.J. Harris eight and Brent Waggle seven. Chase Crago and Logan Taylor scored six each to lead Oak Glen.
E. LIVERPOOL: 15-22-13-12-62
OAK GLEN: 11-5-17-12-45
EAST LIVERPOOL SCORING: Owen Crawford 3-0-6, Isaac Davidson 6-1-17, D.J. Austin 6-1-14, Hayden Cunnningham 3-3-11, John Rickerd 0-0-0, Zack English 2-0-5, Kade Reynolds 2-0-5, Austin Emmerling 1-0-2, Aaron Long 1-0-2 . Team Totals: 24, 5-12; 62.
OAK GLEN SCORING: Tyler Click 6-10-26, Jakob Ford 0-0-0, Bub Haddox 2-0-4, Brennan Smith 2-2-7, David McGraw 2-0-4, Kyle Woodruff 1-2-4, Bryan Congo 0-0-0, Matt Stipec 0-0-0, Chase Hartley 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 13, 14-20: 45.
Three Point Goals: East Liverpool 9 (Davidson 4, Cunningham 2, Austin, English, Reynolds), Oak Glen 5 (Click 4, Smith).