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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Sectional Boys Basketball: Carey lives off huge run

staff writer

One might look at Carey's 81-54 victory over Van Buren and assume the Blue Devils were firmly in control throughout Tuesday's Division III sectional semifinal at Findlay High.

That was hardly the case.

Van Buren, 4-18 entering the game, hung tough with Carey for a good portion of the game. The Black Knights even built a 41-34 lead with 5:44 left in the third quarter.

That's when Carey took off.

The Blue Devils (16-7) closed the third quarter on a 25-4 run and cruised home to advance to Friday's 8 p.m. sectional final against Elmwood (14-8).

In Tuesday's first game, Fostoria survived a brief Lakota rally and defeated the Raiders 59-47. The Redmen (4-19) will play Liberty-Benton (21-1) at 6:15 p.m. Friday for a sectional championship.

Van Buren, in the nightcap, wasn't fazed as Carey raced out to quick 14-4 lead in the opening minutes. The Black Knights worked the ball inside, and capitalized on second-chance opportunities.

Ross Adolph grabbed six offensive rebounds in the first half and nearly had a double-double by halftime, scoring nine points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the half.

Van Buren took its first lead when Ryan Adolph knocked down a 10-foot jumper early in the second quarter.

"They really pounded us inside," Carey coach C.J. Kin said. "Defensively, we just didn't play well."

It was a different story in the second half. Carey rebounded much better on the defensive glass, forced some turnovers and took over the momentum.

Van Buren started the third quarter with a 5-0 run, but it was all Blue Devils after that.

Zach Boes got it started with a conventional three point play, and another later by Jared Wentling brought Carey within 41-40.

The Blue Devils took the lead for good on a Bryan Powers midrange jumper halfway through the third quarter. Powers scored a game-high 26 points, while Justin Meek added 17 points and five assists.

"We lost our poise," Van Buren coach Marc Bishop said. "We haven't had much experience playing with a lead this season.

"When you have a lead, you want to extend possessions and work for good shots. We missed about five layups in a row there late in the third quarter. We were going too fast."

By the time the third quarter ended, Carey led 59-45 and quickly pushed the edge to 20-plus points in the fourth quarter.

"We'll build from this," Bishop said. "We played fairly even with a pretty good team for more than half the game."

Ross Adolph scored 14 points to lead Van Buren and Ryan Adolph added 12. Brennan Swain scored 10 points.

In Tuesday's opener, Fostoria jumped ahead 12-3 over Lakota (8-15) in the opening minutes.

The Raiders' best stretch followed, and Lakota tied the game 13-13 early in the second quarter. Fostoria regrouped, went on a 13-0 run and was never threatened in the second half.

Four Redmen scored in double figures, led by Dominique Fuller with 19 points off the bench. Tony Mauricio and Hunter Abell each scored 11 points, and Adonis Cousin racked up a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

"Once we got on that 13-point run in the second quarter, we got a lot more comfortable and were able to extend it out to a 20-point margin," Fostoria coach Rick Renz said. "I would have liked to see us show a little more killer instinct and really put it away."

The Raiders scored on some backdoor cuts in the fourth quarter to bring the score to a respectable margin. Renz said that's something Fostoria will need to work on as it prepares for Liberty-Benton, the No. 2 team in the final Associated Press Division III boys poll.

"What's frustrating is that we were calling out from the bench those backdoor plays two passes ahead of when they happened," Renz said.

Still, the Fostoria coach liked his balanced scoring. It's something the Redmen haven't been able to achieve much this season.

"I thought we played well," he said. "We found some guys for open looks and played some solid fundamental basketball. Our pressure got us some open looks off of turnovers, too. We used our speed to our advantage."

That quickness forced 27 Lakota turnovers in the game.

"Fostoria did a good job of picking apart things that we do," Lakota coach Tim Walsh said. "We had too many turnovers, and early on we weren't able to stop them from driving to the basket."

First game

lakota (8-15)

Timmons 3-0--6, Brewer 6-4--16, McGown 6-0--13, Below 0-1--1, Kirkpatrick 2-1--5, Sprow 3-0--6, King 0-0--0. TOTALS: 20-48 6-16 -- 47.

Fostoria (4-19)

Fuller 7-2--19, A. Cousin 5-0--10, Abell 5-1--11, Bemis 2-2--6, Stennett 0-0--0, Mauricio 5-1--11, Martin 1-0--2, Cannon 0-0--0, Sferro 0-0--0, Ticey 0-0--0. TOTALS: 25-60 6-12--59.

Lakota 11 7 8 21 -- 47

Fostoria 13 15 16 15 -- 59

3-Point GOALS: Lakota 1-7 (McGown); Fostoria 2-11 (Fuller 2).

REBOUNDS: Lakota 22 (Timmons 7); Fostoria 31 (Cousin 11).

TURNOVERS: Lakota 27, Fostoria 12.

SEcond game

Van Buren (4-19)

Lucas 0-0--0, Fasone 1-1--3, Endicott 1-0--2, Bayer 0-0--0, Ry Adolph 5-1—12, Franklin 0-0--0, Ro. Adolph 6-2--14, Roberts 0-2--2, Swain 3-1--10, Irving 0-0--0, Williams 3-2--8, DeVore 1-0--2, Jacobs 0-1--1. TOTALS: 20-54 10-17--54.

Carey (16-7)

Patton 1-0--2, Holsinger 1-0--2, Powers 10-4--26, Patrick 0-0--0, Boes 0-4--4, L. Wentling 3-1--8, J. Wentling 5-1--11, Montz 1-0--2, Meek 5-6--17. TOTALS: 28-67 21-24--81.

Van Buren 16 20 9 9 -- 54

Carey 16 18 25 22 -- 81

3-Point GOALS: Van Buren 4-10 (Swain 3, Ry. Adolph); Carey 4-17 (Powers 2, L. Wentling, Meek).

rebounds: Van Buren 34 (Ro. Adolph 12); Carey 37 (J. Wentling 9).

turnovers: Van Buren 23, Carey 15.

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