January 7, 2012
Third quarter a Cincy charm
Red Lions top rival McGraw
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
A swarming Cincinnatus defense closes in on Nick Cowen (5) of McGraw in Friday’s CCL court encounter. Cincy players are, left to right, Joe Peri, Travis Rheinheimer (22), Will Loomis (in back) and Cody Warner.
CINCINNATUS — A jam-packed gymnasium saw a good game between Central Counties League boys’ basketball rivals Friday night as host Cincinnatus Central used a strong third quarter to score a 63-51 win over McGraw Central.
The Red Lions held a narrow 27-25 lead at halftime, then outscored the Eagles 22-11 in the third to take control of the game.
“The third quarter was definitely our charm,” said Cincy coach Jim Halstrom, whose team is now 4-1 in the league and 5-3 overall. “The tenacity our boys had on defense was the difference as we capitalized on steals and played great in transition. I think our boys are finally understanding that solid defense leads to efficient offense, and that was as good a quarter defensively as I’ve seen from this group in some time. We also went 9-for-10 from the foul line in the third, while (junior guard) Nick Cowen hit a pair of 3-pointers off the bench to keep them close.
“Up by 13 going into the fourth, we wanted to be patient on offense and continue the solid defensive effort. Chance Whible hit two straight 3-pointers to get McGraw to within seven,” he added. “After we called a timeout, Joe Peri knocked down a three, Travis Rheinheimer hit a foul-line jumper and the defense again took over.”
Halstrom noted that, up by 13 with four minutes left, his squad showed discipline and patience in spreading the floor and running the shot clock down on each possession. The winners also went 7-for-11 from the foul line down the stretch to lock up the verdict. For the game, Cincy hit 23 of its 35 foul shots to McGraw’s 9-for-19.
The Eagles (2-3, 6-3) scored seven of the game’s first eight points before the hosts came back. Senior swingman Jason Lindley scored seven points in the stanza, capped off by a coast-to-coast layup at the buzzer to give the Red Lions a 14-12 lead after the first quarter. Senior guard Peri scored 10 points in the second for the Red Lions, while McGraw got all six of senior guard Dylan Beaumont’s points in that period.
Peri led all scorers with 25 points on the night and also had seven rebounds (of the winners’ 28 total boards) and three steals. Lindley had 18 points, a team-high eight rebounds, four steals and four assists while senior forard Rheinheimer added 12 points to go with his four steals. Senior guard Troy Halstrom had five steals to pace the winners in that category. Coach Halstrom also praised senior center Clinton McKee for his defensive performance.
Whible led McGraw with 14 points, complemented by Cowen with 10 and senior center Matt Kenyon with nine.
“McGraw is so long and physical, we knew they would make it tough on us offensively and on the boards,” Jim Halstrom said. “Our guys had to work their tails off to get open and did a nice job finishing on offense. In the past we’ve had some difficulty playing with a lead, but tonight we matured as a unit. I’m extremely proud of these guys for gutting it out and and leaving everything they had on the floor at game’s end.
“It brought back many fond memories when we took the floor. The Lions’ Den could not have fit another person. I’m not sure of the capacity of our gym, but it was as crowded as I’ve seen it. That’s the kind of atmosphere you want as a home team. It really inspires both teams. That’s what high school athletic competition is all about. Everyone will remember the game for years, and not for the score but for the enthusiasm and energy in our gym.”
Cincy visits Otselic Valley, which is also 4-1 in league play, on Tuesday in a battle for first place, while McGraw hosts Madison the same night. JV contests are slated to start things off at 5:30 p.m. in both cases.
Secure First Win
McGRAW — The first volleyball victory of the season arrived for McGraw Central on Friday, as the Eagles overcame visiting Manlius-Pebble Hill 16-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-21.
Sophomore setter Brittany Purcell had five kills, three aces and five assists as the Eagles bounced back after losing the first game en route to their first triumph. Junior setter Melissa Caufield had four kills and three assists, senior outside hitter Alex Mauzy two kills, three aces, an assist and two digs, senior middle hitter Kaitelyn Leonard two kills, two aces, a block and two digs and sophomore middle hitter Kaleigh Moffitt a kill and three aces.
McGraw coach Kristin Cobb noted that her team did a good job of communicating and passing en route to the victory.
Amalie Sonneborn had seven kills, two aces and a dig for M-PH, while Scarlet Jaworski had two kills, 10 assists and a dig and Christy Murphy two kills, three aces, an assist and three digs.
The Eagles host Blessed virgin Mary Academy Monday in a non-leaguer, the JVs getting things started at 5:30 p.m.
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