WELLSVILLE - After a somewhat sluggish first quarter, the Wellsville Tigers roared for 87 points over the next three quarters on their way to a 101-69 victory over the Oak Glen Golden Bears last night at Wellsville High School. The win raises the Tigers' ledger to 9-1, while Oak Glen falls to 2-7.
Led by Nate Scott's 32 points, all five Tiger starters hit double figures. Scott also grabbed seven rebounds. Seth Bradford netted 16 while claiming 10 rebounds. Cam Douglas scored 14 points and handed out 11 assists. Jordan Sloan knifed his way to 13 points, five rebounds and five assists. Antonio Fultz tallied 11 points.
"We didn't come out of the gate very well," said Sloan. "Once we started fullcourt pressing, we got them into and up and down the floor game and that is when we are at our best. Nate was on fire early. He was carrying us."
Brennan Smith led Oak Glen with 21 tallies followed by Bub Haddox with 18. Smith worked the boards for seven caroms while Tyler Click contributed eight points, four rebounds and four assists.
"Both of them played solid games," said Oak Glen head coach Dave Smith. "They kept playing even when we got down. That's what important in a game like this"
Oak Glen claimed an 18-16 lead at the end of the first on the strength of nine points from Haddox and seven from Smith. The second quarter was back-and-forth until the Tigers went on a 13-6 run in the final three minutes of the second quarter to take a 43-36 lead into the lockerroom at halftime.. Scott hit three treys during the Tigers' run on his way to 17 markers in the quarter. Oak Glen stayed in contention as Smith hooped eight, Haddox four and Click four.
"Once we started executing our traps, we started to speed up the game," said Wellsville head coach David "Bug" Thompson. "We extended our halfcourt trap to fullcourt as we are at our best when we get the other team into a running game."
The Golden Bears were short-handed up front as post David McGraw missed the game due to illness and Kyle Woodruff was sidelined with an apparent high ankle sprain with 2:05 remaining in the first quarter.
"It's hard enough to play Wellsville when you are at full strength," said Smith. "With those two out, we just didn't have enough depth. Give Wellsville credit plenty of credit. They are an outstanding basketball team."
In regards to his own performance, Sloan said, "Seth Bradford is the reason I scored. He sets great screens away from the ball, allowing me to come open."
Balanced scoring was the byword in the third quarter as all six Tiger players in their primary rotation found the rim as they rebounded and ran their way to a 32-15 advantage in the third frame.
"This is a very unselfish team," Thompson said. "Nate is back in a groove. Seth has had a double-double the last three games. Cam makes our offense go He does what a point guard is is supposed to do."
The Tigers continued their ways in the final frame with Justin Miller netting charity tosses for for the 100th and 101st points of the contest.
"Even though we got beat, I am very proud of our guys," Smith said. "They gave a full effort. Hopefully, we can put this game behind us and move on."
The Tiger jayvees led the entire game on their path to a 66-56 triumph. Miller led Wellsville with 19, followed by Hayden Dalyrmple 15 and Nigel Spann 12. Oak Glen was led by Noah Feicht with nine and Cyle Perez seven.
Oak Glen plays at Beaver Local on Tuesday. Wellsville will be at McDonald the same night in Inter-Tri County League action
OAK GLEN: 16-20-15-18-69
OAK GLEN SCORING: Matt Stipec 2-0-5, Tyler Click 3-2-8, Kyle Woodruff 1-0-2, Jakob Ford 3-0-7, Bub Haddox 7-3-18, Bryan Congo 2-0-4, Brennan Smith 8-3-21, Chase Hartley 1-0-2, Cyle Perez 1-0-2, Cole Beaver 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 26, 8-15: 69.
WELLSVILLE SCORING: Camden Douglas 6-0-14, Tyeshaun Franklin 0-2-2, Nate Scott 11-5-32, Antonio Fultz 5-1-11, Seth Bradford 7-2-17, Brendon Carr 3-1-7, Jordan Sloan 5-2-13, Jansen Stoakes 1-1-3, Nigel Spann 0-0-0, Sam McIntosh 0-0-0, Justin Miller 0-2-2, Jake Green 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 38, 16-27: 101 .
Three-point goals: Oak Glen 5 (Smith 2, Stipec, Ford, Haddox), Wellsville 10 (Scott 5, Douglas 2, Fultz, Sloan, Bradford).