Article: Beavercreek 66 Middletown 61
The Beavers forced 8 turnovers in a ten possession stretch in the fourth quarter to turn a 2 point deficit into an 8 point lead, in winning at home in the season opener for both teams. The Beavers converted 13 of 21 second half free throws and 21-38 for the game. Middletown went to the charity stripe 22 times converting 11.
A fast paced first quarter saw Josh Andrews' Middies race to a 21-19 lead. OSU football recruit Jalen Marshall put his athletic ability on display with a series of driving buckets, scoring 11 first quarter points on his way to 20 for the night. Jalen Camper tallied a couple of threes in the quarter and went on to lead the Beavers with 22. The Middies Vincent Edwards led all scorers with 24.
Balance and second half defensive intensity was the difference for John Ahrns club. Beavercreek forced the Middies into 15 second half turnovers, and got contributions at both ends from Tyler Reasoner (12 points, 7 rebounds) Airius Moore (12 points, 5 steals) Jarred Waters ( 9 points, 6 rebounds , 3 blocks) and Kyle Rader (9 points, 6 in the second half).
The Middies led 43-41 with 6:25 left in the game when the turnover barrage hit. Moore picked off a pass and converted a layup at the other end. That started the streak which saw the Beavers build the lead to 53-45 with 4:23 to play.
Beavercreek (1-0) plays host to GWOC North foe Sidney tomorrow night. Middletown (0-1) will play at Lakota West next Friday.
(All Statistics are unofficial.)
Last edited by Yappi; 12-01-12 at 03:01 PM.