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Big Red get back to .500 with road win at Monroeville

By JOSH BURRIS • Updated Jan 6, 2018 at 12:09 AM

MONROEVILLE — The Plymouth boys basketball team enjoyed a road win at Monroeville Friday night that put it back at .500 overall and in the Firelands Conference.

The Big Red (4-4, 2-2) used a 25-9 second quarter en route to a 62-44 win.

Plymouth broke the game open in the second and third quarters, as its defense held the Eagles to just 15 points during the stretch. Plymouth coach Derrick Shelenberger said playing defense at the high school level is key to getting wins like Friday.

“Scoring in high school is not as big a deal as it is playing defense,” Shelenberger said. “And when we play defense and get down and defend we are actually pretty good. I think speeding up Monroeville, getting them to turn the ball over a couple times, got us out of our shell on offense and kind of opened the game there in the second quarter.”

The Big Red offense scored 44 of its points during those two quarters, and spent a lot of time at the free-throw line with 25 shots at the charity stripe in the game. However, they only made 13 of them, good for just 52 percent on the night. Shelenberger would like to see his team improve in that category in the future.

“I would just like us to make the free throws,” he said. “That is definitely something we will address at early morning practice (today).”

Eagles coach Al Mielcarek said he knew his team was young and inexperienced going into the season, but now near the halfway point of the season, they need to start maturing.

“I think you can’t say we are inexperienced now because yes, we have freshman and sophomores out there — but they have played almost a half season now,” Mielcarek said. “So, with a half season played, you got to pick the pace up. You got to start getting tougher mentally.”

Mielcarek said this is how the season will continue to go until they can put together a complete game.

“We have yet to be able to find four quarters of good basketball,” he said. “We are running in stretches. Some nights it’s the fourth, some nights it’s the first, some nights it’s the third. Until we find 32 minutes from five guys, these are the games we are going to have. Games we are in, and fall out.”

Leading the way for the Big Red offensively was Jacob Adams with 20 points. Kade Collins finished second on the team with 12.

On the Monroeville (1-8, 0-5) side, Sawyer Schafer led the way with 18 points. Cody Schaffer added seven.

The game started off close in the first quarter. The Eagles even had a 9-2 lead to start things off, but the Big Red ended the quarter with a 9-3 run to make the score 12-11 Monroeville after the first.

The Big Red really took off in the second quarter with 25 points. They were boosted by Collins, who scored all 12 of his points in the quarter.

With the game tied at 17, Collins made a free throw and then two 3-pointers to give Plymouth a 24-17 lead. After a Monroeville free throw and a 3-pointer by Plymouth, Collins hit another 3-pointer and a pair of free throws to put the Big Red up 32-18. The Big Red ended the half up 36-21.

Adams had the hot hand for the Big Red in the third quarter. He scored 12 of his 20 points in the quarter.

The Big Red opened up the quarter with six straight points, the first four coming from Adams. Later with a 44-23 lead, Adams made one of two free throws and another basket for three more points. After a few more baskets, Adams made his last five points of the quarter with a 3-pointer followed by another 2-pointer to give his team a 53-25 lead.

Monroeville outscored Plymouth 17-7 in the fourth quarter, but it was too late at that point. Schafer scored 13 of his 18 points in the quarter..

Plymouth’s next game will be Tuesday when they host Mansfield St. Peter’s. The Eagles will play again tonight at home vs. Fremont St. Joseph.

PLYMOUTH (4-4, 2-2)

Dylan Osbourne 4-0—8, Walker Elliot 4-3—11, Jacob Adams 7-5—20, Zach Richman 1-0—2, Kade Collins 3-3—12, Blake Gibson 1-0—3, Brennan Marsillet 0-1—1, Brayden Creveling 1-0—2, Avery Horne 1-1—3. TOTALS: 22-13—62

MONROEVILLE (1-8, 0-5)

Chayce Schaub 1-0—2, Mason Tonelli 1-4—6, Gaven Eitle 2-1—5, Anthony Dublo 2-1—6, Cody Schaffer 3-0—7, Sawyer Schafer 7-1—18. TOTALS: 16-7—44

Plymouth 11 25 19 7 — 62

Monroeville 12 9 6 17 — 44

3-point FGs: (P) Collins 3, Gibson, Adams; (M) Schafer 3, Dublo, Schaffer

JV: Plymouth won

New London 63, Mapleton 46

NEW LONDON — The Wildcats led Friday’s FC game from start-to-finish against the visiting Mounties to improve to 4-3 overall (4-1 FC).

For New London, Karson Howell scored 17 points, while Justin Marshall had 15 and Ashton Carruthers scored 10. Dane Matthews also added eight points for the ‘Cats, who finished 25-of-54 from the field with a 27-15 edge in rebounds.

New London is at Plymouth next Friday.

MAPLETON (1-7, 1-4)

Hensel 4-0—10; Shadd 3-0—7; Corrochavo 1-1—3; Ambrose 1-5—7; Sanders 8-2—19. TOTALS 17-7—46.

NEW LONDON (4-3, 4-1)

Ben Crawshaw 1-1—4; Colin Cole 2-0—6; Ashton Carruthers 5-0—10; Weston Eibel 1-1—3; Karson Howell 6-2—17; Dane Matthews 3-2—8; Justin Marshall 7-1—15. TOTALS 25-7—63.

Mapleton 13 9 10 14 — 46

N. London 20 15 17 11 — 63

3-point FGs: (M) Hensel 2, Shadd, Sanders; (NL) Howell 3, Cole 2, Crawshaw

South Central 77, Crestview 51

OLIVESBURG — The Trojans continued their winning ways in FC play, racing out to the lead from the start in Friday’s road win against the Cougars.

Simon Blair led South Central (6-4, 4-1 FC) with 25 points with five assists and five steals. Isaiah Seidel added 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while Ben Lamoreaux scored 14 points and had nine rebounds.

The Trojans host a key FC game next Friday vs. Western Reserve (6-3, 5-0).

SOUTH CENTRAL (6-4, 4-1)

Simon Blair 9-5—25; Ben Lamoreaux 5-3—14; Alex Holland 3-1—7; David Lamoreaux 4-0—8; Isaiah Seidel 7-0—18; Ethan Gifford 1-0—2; Evan Legg 1-0—3. TOTALS 30-9—77.

CRESTVIEW (1-7, 1-4)

Greer 3-2—9; Roman 3-1—7; Durbin 1-1—4; King 3-1—7; Baker 2-0—4; Kissel 2-1—5; Stimpert 3-2—8; Goon 0-1—1; Ward 1-0—2; Bond 2-0—4. TOTALS 20-9—51.

S. Central 20 18 18 21 — 77

Crestview 12 15 8 16 — 51

3-point FGs: (SC) Seidel 4, Blair 2, B. Lamoreaux, Legg; (C) Greer, Durbin

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