|By Gaylen Duskey |
Tyler Sims made a pair of free throws early in the game to lift Calhoun to a 4-3 lead. The Red Devils would not trail after that. Sims also made 29 more points as his 31 led the Red Devils to a 68-45 victory over Hannan Monday night.
While Sims was scoring at will all night long the Red Devils did not put the 2-12 Wildcats away until Coach Danny Bunch unleashed a tenacious defense at the start of the third quarter.
With the halftime score 25-21 the Red Devils went to a full-court hawking press. The pressure got to the Wildcats and Calhoun scored the first 11 points of the quarter for a 36-21 lead and after that the route was on. Overall in the third the Red Devils enjoyed a 31-6 advantage.
In the final period Hannan went against the Calhoun reserves and closed the margin with five three-point goals but it was too little and way too late.
The win was the third straight for the Red Devils, 6-9, who travel to Wood County Christian tonight for a doubleheader.
Sims had 13 field goals – three three-pointers – and two free throws for his game high 31.
He was backed by Sam Brady with 12. Luke Sheldon and Lucas Wilson had six apiece while Ethyn Miller added five. Tyler Gerwig, Ryan Slider, Mason Sheldon and William Baker with two each rounded out the scoring. Zack Yanero, Riley Cain, Austin Gribble and Cody Starcher all played but did not score.
While two points was a season low for Slider, the team's leading scorer, he had 10 rebounds, eight assists, five steals and three blocks.
Hannan was led by Tyler Burns and Will Harbour with 12 each.
The Red Devils also won the junior varsity game by a 42-34margin despite playing without starting point guard Dylan Heiney who was ill.
Gribble led the way with 14 points while Baker chipped in with 11.
Yanero added six, Luke Sheldon four, Chris Thornton three and Dakota Jarvis and Jerry Jones two apiece. Chris Kirkland, Austin Hicks, Cain, and Nick Watkins all played but did not score.
For Hannan Josh McCoy and Jeremy Schofield had 12 apiece.