BELLAIRE — Martins Ferry and Bellaire went toe-to-toe for a quarter-and-a-half Friday night time in boys’ highschool basketball motion, however the visiting Purple Riders closed the primary half on a 7-Three run after which outpointed the hosts 17-Eight within the third panel for a 74-63 victory contained in the ‘Home of Champions’ on Guernsey Road.
The sport was deadlocked six instances within the first quarter and as soon as within the second earlier than Martins Ferry (2-Four) made its transfer. Main 28-27 with slightly below three minutes left within the opening half, Logan Smith’s offensive putback forward of the buzzer gave the Purple Riders a 35-30 benefit on the break.
“I actually appreciated the way in which we performed tonight, I did. I assumed we had been aggressive. I assumed we performed a lot smarter,” a happy Martins Ferry head coach Derek Edwards mentioned. “I believe we discovered ourselves a bit of on offensive. We took extra pictures tonight, which is what we wished to see.”
Jaizen Miles, Martins Ferry’s 6-Four junior, had 11 factors within the first half however exploded for 10 within the decisive third quarter in ending with a game-best 30. He additionally pulled down a dozen rebounds to finish a double-double.
“Stellar, stellar efficiency. His teammates had been in a position to get him the ball and he had an excellent sport,” Edwards praised. “He was 12-for-16 from the free throw line.”
Nevertheless, Edwards additionally praised the work of his different gamers in realizing Miles was having a kind of nights.
“With individuals paying lots of consideration to (Logan) Smith, that opens up quite a bit for Jaizen. Give lots of credit score to his teammates, however ‘wow’ did he have a very good night time.”
Smith, a 6-5 senior, additionally produced a double-double with 14 markers and 10 boards. He additionally blocked half-a-dozen pictures. Davian Ray chipped in 19 factors, together with a 7 of 10 effort from the charity stripe. He additionally drained two threes within the second half which opens up the center for the large guys.
“That’s a key for us,” Edwards mentioned of Ray’s play. “We wish to shoot the three and tonight we had been in a position to make some. That all the time helps an offense when you might have two good gamers inside and also you’re in a position to make pictures from the perimeter.”
Martins Ferry, which led 52-38 after three intervals, prolonged the margin to 17 early within the fourth and appeared to be in management. Nevertheless, the Massive Reds (Three-5) had one final push.
When Andrew Littell sliced to the basket and laid the ball off the glass, Bellaire had lower the deficit to 5, 62-57, with 2:45 remaining to play, however that may be as shut as they might get as Martins Ferry would mesh 10 of 11 free throws down the stretch to carry on.
“We struggled a bit of within the fourth quarter. Bellaire made some performs however we had been in a position to combat that off and shut out the sport,” Edwards famous.
When requested if fatigue might’ve set in together with his staff taking part in short-handed on account of a quarantine state of affairs, Edwards shrugged it off.
“Perhaps however we’ve been taking part in for 2 months. These are younger youngsters, they shouldn’t be drained, however they sucked it up and I’m very happy with our effort tonight,” he added.
Senior David Zwack and Money evenly divided 32 factors for Bellaire. Money additionally grabbed 12 rebounds whereas Creed Rhodes had 13 factors and 9 boards.
“They made performs and we didn’t. That’s all there may be too it,” Bellaire head coach J.R. Battista acknowledged. “The sport of basketball isn’t a tough sport. You’ve received to make some pictures. You’ve received to get some stops on protection and also you’ve received to get some rebounds. Within the third quarter they did all of these and we didn’t.
“Within the fourth quarter we’re within the double bonus for a lot of the quarter and we lower it to 5,” he recalled. “We had two foul pictures and missed them each. They ran off 5 straight factors and stretched it (the lead) again to 10. That was the ballgame.”
Each groups had been responsible of 13 turnovers, with eight of Martins Ferry’s coming within the closing quarter. The Purple Riders led 39-37 off the glass.
Martins Ferry hosts Caldwell tonight at 6 in a varsity-only contest. Bellaire hosts Harrison Central Tuesday with JV motion starting at 6.
Martins Ferry 74, Bellaire 63
MARTINS FERRY (74) — Miles 9 12-16 30; Smith 6 2-Four 14; Ray 5 7-10 19; Flesch 1 Zero-Zero Three; P. Hores 2 1-2 5; Shriver 1 Zero-Zero Three; Totals: 24-49 22-32. BELLAIRE (63) — Zwack 5 2-Four 16; Money 6 Four-5 16; Rhodes 6 1-2 13; Kesterson Three Zero-Four 6; Ward 2 Zero-Zero 5; Dowler 2 1-2 5; A. Littell 1 Zero-Zero 2; Totals: 25-57 Eight-17
Three-Level Targets: Martins Ferry Four (Ray 2, Flesch, Shriver). Bellaire 5 (Zwack Four, Ward)
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