CALCUTTA - The Wellsville Tigers notched their fifth consecutive win and their 12th victory in 13 outings this season as they roared past the Beaver Local Beavers, 82-50, Wednesday.
This was the first time this group of Tiger seniors won a varsity basketball game on the Beavers' floor.
Exploding for 17 second-half points, Wellsville's Jordan Sloan topped all scorers with 26 points.
He was joined in the scoring parade by teammates Camden Douglas with 16, Nate Scott 15 and Seth Bradford 11. Bradford led the Tigers on the boards with 11 rebounds, followed by Antonio Fultz with six. Douglas deftly handed out seven assists while being credited with three steals. Scott dished out five assists.
Jared Lyder led the Beavers with 23 points and 16 rebounds. Chase Hilliard hit three three-pointers on his way to 11 points while grabbing eight rebounds.
Wellsville shot 53 percent (29 of 54) from the floor compared to (19 of 55) for Beaver Local.
Wellsville led 21-20 after the first quarter, despite a Herculean effort from Lyder, who netted 11 points while working the boards during the first quarter.
With the game still being played at breakneck speed, the Tigers outscored their hosts 22-13 in the second quarter to take a 43-33 lead into the locker room at halftime. Running at every opportunity, the Tigers were able to successfully not only getting good shots, but forcing the Beavers to foul.
"We picked up the defense in the second quarter," Wellsville coach David "Bug" Thompson said. "We started doing a better job of trapping. We made them push the issue. I think we wore them down."
By halftime, two Beaver Local players were saddled with three personals and another had two fouls as they vainly tried to keep up with the visitors.
"We got ourselves into foul trouble," Beaver Local coach Jeremy Christen said. "They took us out of our game and we failed to recover. We didn't want to get into a track meet with them and that is exactly what they got us into."
Wellsville changed things up in the third quarter, switching from their normal man-for-man to a 2-3 zone defense. The change was telling as the Beavers were forced to pass the ball around the perimeter and had major problems in getting the ball inside to Lyder. When he did get the ball, it seemed as though there were always two Tiger defenders in his face.
"We switched to a 2-3 in the second half," Sloan said. "We did that to keep Lyder off the glass. He was killing us in the first half. The zone disrupted their offense."
"Their 2-3 zone slowed us down," Christen agreed. "They made us pass the ball instead of getting the ball inside to Jared Lyder. We had to fight to get him touches."
Meanwhile at the other end, Sloan had the net on fire as he connected on two layups, a short-range jumper and two shots from behind the arc, as the Tigers took a 57-41 lead after three quarters.
"Coach Thompson is a very good coach," Sloan said. "He told us that we needed to run our offense and look at the hoop. I started getting open and my teammates got me the ball."
Sloan continued hitting in the fourth quarter while Sam McIntosh started his exerting his authority in the lane, tallying eight points in the final frame. The Tigers outscored the Beavers 25-9 in the fourth quarter as both coaches emptied their benches.
"Jordan Sloan is very good basketball player," Thompson said. "He's been averaging around 15 points per game. He got more aggressive as the game went on . In addition to scoring, he pounded the boards."
The Beavers saw their two-game winning streak end, falling to 9-6.
"Give Wellsville plenty of credit," Christen said. "Coach Thompson always has his team ready to play hard and ready to play clean. They are very good team and I wish them the best of luck."
A 30-9 scoring binge in the second quarter rocketed Wellsville to a win in the JV game. Hayden Dalrymple paced the young Tigers with 16, followed by Justin Miller 15 and Branzen Grodhaus 13. Beaver Local's Kevin Mackey topped all scorers with 21. Tyler Kithas netted 14 for Beaver Local.
Both teams are home Friday. Wellsville hosts Mineral Ridge in Inter-Tri County League matchup. The game will be telecast on tape delay on MyYTV, which is Channel 3 on the Comcast service in the East Liverpool-Wellsville area. Beaver Local hosts Steubenville the same night.
BEAVER LOCAL: 20-13-8-9-50
WELLSVILLE SCORING: Camden Douglas 5-4-16, Tyshaun Franklin 0-0-0, Nate Scott 4-7-15, Antonio Fultz 1-0-2, Seth Bradford 4-3-11, Brendon Carr 1-0-2, Jordan Sloan 10-2-26, Jansen Stoakes 0-0-0, Nigel Spann 1-0-2, Sam McIntosh 3-2-8. TOTALS: 29-54, 18-24: 82.
BEAVER LOCAL SCORING: Chase Hilliard 4-0-11, Jared Lyder 8-7-23, Hayden Grafton 1-1-3, Ethan Campbell 1-0-2, Logan Andrews 0-0-0, Chandler Cornell 0-0-0, Josh Underwood 3-1-7, Chase Wilcox 0-0-0, Kevin Mackey 2-0-4, Tyler Kithas 0-0-0, Josh Beck 0-0-0, Bryce McKenzie 0-0-0. TOTALS: 19-55, 9-17; 50.
Three-point goals: Wellsville 6 (Sloan 4, Douglas 2), Beaver Local 3 (Hilliard) 3.