Tigers dominate Golden Bears

NEW MANCHESTER, W.Va. – The Wellsville Tigers ran their record to 17-1 with a 90-65 victory over the Oak Glen Golden Bears on Saturday night.

As has been the case with Wellsville this season, the Tigers’ attack was varied as Seth Bradford led the way with 29 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.

Nate Scott and Jordan Sloan were both in double figures with 21 and 11 points, respectively. Point guard Camden Douglas had a triple-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists along with three steals. Brendon Carr contributed eight points to the Tigers’ cause.

“We wanted to get out and run,” Wellsville coach David “Bug” Thompson said. “Once Seth Bradford hit some outside shots, we were able to get them out of their zone. Once we started running, we were okay. We played decent defense, but it could have been better.”

It was the Tigers’ 10th straight win.

The Golden Bears fall to 2-14 on the season.

Bub Haddox paced the Golden Bears with 26 points, including five three-pointers. Brennan Smith had 18 points. a team-high nine rebounds and three assists. David McGraw tallied 11 points.

Leading 20-12 after the first quarter, the Tigers outscored the Golden Bears 27-8 in the second frame to take a commanding 47-20 halftime lead. Bradford led the way in the second quarter, tallying 12 points on a variety of close-range and long-range shots.

“I just felt that for us to have a chance, we had to come out with some intensity from the very beginning,” Oak Glen coach Dave Smith said. “We didn’t come out with that intensity, and against a team like Wellsville, you can find yourself down in a hurry. You can’t afford to lose a quarter 27-8 like we did, and still have a chance.”

Fueled by Haddox’s spirited play and sharpshooting, Oak Glen outraced Wellsville 28-19 in the third quarter to cut the margin to 18, 66-48. Haddox netted 18 during the quarter for the Golden Bears, while Scott scored nine for the Tigers.

“Bub showed a lot of leadership for us in the third quarter,” Smith said. “He did his best to get us back into the game.”

“He was lighting it up,” Thompson said. “He’s a great athlete. We were getting a hand in his face, but he was still draining them. We just couldn’t stop him.”

Five quick points by Bradford, a bucket by Carr and a free throw by Jansen Stoakes quickly pushed the Tigers’ lead to 25 at 74-49, just 1:22 into the fourth quarter. Two baskets by Oak Glen’s Smith were offset by three points each by Scott and Douglas before both coaches started to go their benches with about four minutes remaining.

With Antonio Fultz still sidelined with an ankle injury, Carr has stepped into the breech nicely for the Tigers.

“Brendon gives a us a spark defensively,” Thompson said. “He is also feeling more and more comfortable on offense.”

Wellsville connected on 54 percent (33 of 61) of tits shots from the floor. Oak Glen was successful on 25 of 58 (43 percent) of their field goal attempts.

Game notes

The Tigers return to the hardwood Tuesday, hosting Bridgeport in semifinal round action of the championship bracket of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference tournament. The Golden Bears play at Indian Creek in OVAC consolation action. The JV games at both sites will start at 6 p.m.

Wellsville JVs ran their record to 14-3 with a 43-37 victory. Justin Miller topped the Tigers with 12. Oak Glen’s Shane Theiss led all scorers with 14.

The Wellsville cheerleaders, basketball team and their respective booster clubs donated $705 dollars which they had collected, to the Oak Glen student memorial fund.

The Wellsville players wore yellow headbands and had patches on their jerseys in remembrance of the Oak Glen students who recently lost their lives in a traffic accident.

WELLSVILLE: 20-27-19-24-90

OAK GLEN: 12-8-28-17-65

WELLSVILLE SCORING: Camden Douglas 4-0-10, Tyshaun Franklin 0-0-0, Nate Scott 8-3-21, Seth Bradford 11-3-29, Brendon Carr 3-2-8, Jordan Sloan 3-5-11, Jansen Stoakes 2-1-5, Sam McIntosh 2-2-6, Jake Green 0-0-0. TOTALS: 33-61, 16-21: 90.

OAK GLEN SCORING: Matt Stipec 0-0-0, Tyler Click 0-0-0, Jakob Ford 0-0-0, Bub Haddox 9-3-26, Bryan Congo 2-0-4, Brennan Smith 7-4-18, Chase Hartley 0-0-0, David McGraw 5-1-11, Cyle Perez 1-1-3, Noah Feicht 1-0-3. TOTALS: 25-58, 9-15: 65.

Three-pointers: Wellsville 8 (Bradford 4, Douglas 2, Scott 2), Oak Glen 6 (Haddox 5, Feicht).