Beavers can’t keep up with St. Clairsville

EAST LIVERPOOL–Beaver Local saw themselves in an early 18-0 hole in the first quarter and couldn’t seem to find it’s way out as St. Clairsville ran away with a 70-30 win in the fifth-place game of the Buckeye 8 Athletic League tournament at the Potter Fieldhouse.

“We did not play good at all,” Beaver Local coach Jason Pacanowski said. “We didn’t play together at all. I tried to send a message at halftime by starting our jayveees and they did what they needed to.”

Beaver Local drops to 5-11 and St. Clairsville impoves to 8-8.

“Credit to St. Clairsville,” Pacanowski said. “Their record doesn’t show how good they really are. They’ve played some tough competition and they are big and we aren’t big.”

St. Clairsville led at the end of the first quarter 21-6 with nine point coming from the Red Devil’s Craig Bober with 9 of his game’s 19 points to lead the team.

“Getting out on the break was the key to success in the first,” St. Clairsville coach Kim Clifford said. “We were getting some easy shots and that helped us pick up our defense.”

The Beavers were outscored 46-17 in the second and third quarters.

“We didn’t come out to play today,” Pacanowski said. “Everything we’ve been preaching in practice we did not do today. It was a bunch of individuals out there and not a team. We were a team early on in the year and had some success but we’ve hit this stretch when we are playing good teams our youth comes out. We’ve got a lot to work on and we are going to keep working.”

Beaver Local was led by Zak Pappas with 10 points and Luke Chetock with six points.

“We have a great group of guys but our biggest challenge right now is coming together as a team,” Pacanowski said.

St. Clairsville also saw strong contributions from Jayden Starks wih 11 points and Brett Vike with 10 points.

“We’ve had good practices the last couple of days,” Clifford said. “The guys were really focused for Saturday afternoon and we played really well. After this performance I think they really like playing in the afternoon.”

Beaver Local looks to rebound when they travel to United on Tuesday.

St. Clairsville will travel to Martins Ferry on Monday.


¯Both coaches agreed that the Buckeye 8 Tournament is a great experience.

“We like this tournament,” Clifford said. “You get the north and the south matched up to how you’ve played. You really don’t know who you are going to play until right before and it’s a nice thing.”

“It’s a conference tournament and it’s always great,” Pacanowski said. “You got tournament time right around the corner and everybody should be ready to play.”

SC: 21-20-26-4–70

BEAVER LOCAL: 6-13-4-7–30

ST. CLAIRSVILLE–Matt Busby 2-1-5, Craig Bober 9-0-19, Nate Harris 1-0-2, Jayden Starks 4-3-11, Brett Vike 4-0-10, Greg Norman 0-0-0, Ethan Duggan 0-0-0, Kaden Bloomquist 2-0-6, Justin Heatherington 4-1-9, Matt Butkus 2-0-4, Javon Lyons 2-0-4. TEAM TOTALS: 30, 5-9:70

BEAVER LOCAL SCORING: Nathan Barber 1-0-2, Luke Chetock 3-0-6, Josh Hilditch 1-1-3, Zak Pappas 5-0-10, Grant Hall 1-0-2, Tate Joseph 2-0-5, Jaden Kiddey 0-0-0, Jacob Kane 0-0-0, Cody Bennett 0-0-0, Brier Cramer 1-0-2, Drew Theiss 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 14, 1-8:30

Three-point goals: St. Clairsville 5 (Vike 2, Bloomquist 2, Bober), Beaver Local 1 (Joseph)