Beavers win a battle over Bulldogs

Beaver Local's Josh Hilditch passes as East Palestine's Clayton Murray defends during Saturday's game.

BY DAN SANTARELLI

Staff Writer

EAST PALESTINE — Physicality was the motto for the Beaver Local and East Palestine boys basketball game Saturday night.

The teams combined for 42 foul team fouls on the night and the Beavers won the dog fight taking home a 56-47 victory at East Palestine.

“This was an extremely physical game,” Beaver Local’s Cody Bennett said. “Probably one of the most physical we’ve played all year, but we persevered and fought through to the end.”

Beaver Local improves to 6-12 and snaps a six-game losing streak. East Palestine, which had 25 fouls, drops to 9-11.

Beaver Local coach Jason Pacanowski credits Bennett for bringing a huge energy to the Beaver team with his seven rebounds and five rebounds.

“He was an energy guy all night,” Pacanowski said. “He rebounded well, took some charges and hustled all night. He played a big role in the victory tonight.”

The turning point for the Beavers was the start of the second half when they ran out to a 11-0 run to take a 41-31 lead.

“We’ve been on a downward trend lately but I tell the guys keep the course and keep believing that better days are ahead of us,” Pacanowski said. “We made our mistakes here and there but hey a road win is a road win.”

Neither team could gain more than a five-point lead in the first half but the Beavers outscored the Bulldogs 16-3 in the third frame taking a 12 point lead into the fourth.

“We changed what we were doing offensively in the second half,” Pacanowski said. “We were able to get the ball in the high post and attack the gaps. They fought defensively all night and rebounded well all night.”

The Beavers outrebounded the Bulldogs 33-22.

“I told the guys if they wanted to win this game you are going to rebound,” Pacanowski said.

Drew Theiss led the Beavers in scoring with 15 points, five assists and had nine boards.

“We were valuing the ball all night and even our guards were grabbing boards tonight,” Pacanowski said.

Luke Chetock contributed 13 points for the Beavers.

“We had a good game all around tonight,” Pacanowski said.

East Palestine was led in scoring by Dominic Posey with 16 points.

“Both teams really wanted this win,” East Palestine coach L.J. Sutton said. “When both teams want this win so bad you can teeter the line a little bit. The refs did a great job of officiating this game.”

Sutton believed that the game changer for the Bulldogs was their free throw shooting and turnovers.

“We knew we were going to drive and get to the line but we had to capitalize on that,” Sutton said. “You aren’t going to beat anyone when you have 17 turnovers on the night.”

The Bulldogs went 0-10 from the three-point line in the second half.

“We weren’t sharing the ball like we were in the first half,” Sutton said.

Nate Beatty had nine points and Clayton Murray had eight points for the Bulldogs.

East Palestine will host Lowellville on Tuesday, while Beaver Local will travel to Southern Local for an OVAC consolation pool game.

GAME NOTES

¯Beaver Local hit the double bonus in the first half at the 1:24 mark in the first quarter.

¯The game featured 47 free throw attempts between the teams (Beaver Local 28, East Palestine 19)

¯ In jayvee action, Beaver Local won 59-49.

For Beaver Local,Brier Cramer had 14 points and Logan Reed had 13 points.

For East Palestine, Dominick Cathers had 17 points.

BEAVER LOCAL: 18-17-11-10–56

EAST PALESTINE: 16-15-3-13–47

BEAVER LOCAL SCORING: Nathan Barber 0-1-1, Luke Chetock 3-5-13, Josh Hilditch 4-2-10, Zak Pappas 2-0-4, Grant Hall 1-1-3, Tate Joseph 1-1-3, Jaden Kiddey 0-2-2, Cody Bennett 2-1-5, Drew Theiss 6-3-15. TEAM TOTALS: 21, 16-28:56

EAST PALESTINE SCORING: Branden Kemp 2-0-5, Jeremy Reynolds 0-2-2, Dominic Poesy 5-6-17, Stephen Darlington 2-1-6, Chandler Davis 0-0-0, Robbie Hill 0-0-0, Nate Beatty 4-0-9, Clayton Murray 4-0-8. TEAM TOTALS: 17, 9-19:47

Three-point field goals: Beaver Local 2 (Chetock), East Palestine 4 (Posey, Beatty, Darlington, Kemp),

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