Will Yoakum finished with a game-high 25 points and assisted on the game-winner — a Nate Griggs three-pointer with 2.8 seconds left — as the Hayes boys basketball team outlasted visiting Marion Harding 54-52 Tuesday in Delaware.
“Griggs is a gym rat, has a low pulse and puts in the time,” Hayes coach Jordan Blackburn said. “I was happy for him and our team. It takes a lot of courage for a freshman to take a shot like that.”
Griggs hit four threes in all on his way to 12 points. The Pacers (11-8), who were busy from deep, got two threes apiece from freshman Paul Burris and sophomore Terin Kinsway. One of Kinsway’s tied the game with 1:30 go after Harding went up three on a trey of its own.
Yoakum added seven rebounds to his stat line while Burris had six rebounds and three assists to go with his points.
Jay Ellis led the Presidents (8-9) with 24 points.
Buckeye Valley 61, Cardington 49
Buckeye Valley used a big second quarter to grab control en route to a solid non-league win over host Cardington Tuesday night.
The Barons (6-10), who trailed by four after the first quarter, outscored the Pirates (12-5) 20-11 in the second to take a 30-25 halftime lead. BV won the third quarter 17-13 and the fourth 14-11 to seal the deal.
Buckeye Valley shot the ball well, finishing 25-for-45 from the floor, while outrebounding Cardington 30-23.
Nathan Edington powered the Barons with a dominant 17-point, 16-rebound performance. The big man also had four blocks.
Ethan Crawford was solid, too, closing with 14 points and six assists while Ben Spaulding chipped in 11 points, five boards and four steals.
Johnstown 48, Big Walnut 39
The Golden Eagles were solid through a half, up 20-17 at the break, but couldn’t maintain the momentum in the second half en route to a non-league setback at the hands of the Johnnies Tuesday in Sunbury.
Johnstown (12-4) outscored Big Walnut (2-14) 15-11 in the third quarter and 16-8 in the fourth to smooth out the scoring summary.
Alex Kelso led the Golden Eagles with 18 points in the setback.
Buckeye Valley started slow and never recovered, falling to host Jonathan Alder 52-34 in MOAC action Tuesday in Plain City.
The Barons (8-10, 3-7) scored just four first-quarter points on the way to digging a 15-4 hole after eight minutes of play.
They got back on track, playing close with the Pioneers (11-8, 6-4) the rest of the way, but couldn’t close the gap.
Logan Hatcher led BV with 10 points and seven rebounds while Tess Hughes added eight points and seven boards in the setback.
Berne Union 50, Delaware Christian 42
The Eagles (6-11) finished the game on an 18-11 run, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to Berne Union (10-10) in non-league action Tuesday in Delaware.
Lyssi Snouffer led DCS with a game-high 18 points in the setback.
Orange 65, Marion Harding 34
The Pioneers trailed by a point after a quarter of play, but dominated the rest of the way to secure a lopsided non-league win over the Presidents Tuesday in Lewis Center.
Orange (6-13) outscored Marion Harding (1-14) 14-9 in the second, 17-3 in the third and 19-6 in the fourth to smooth out the scoring summary.
The Pioneers’ Schae Lilley hit four threes on the way to a game-high 20 points.
Also: Gahanna 57, Olentangy 39.
Buckeye Valley picked up a tight win Tuesday, outlasting Highland 1,852-1,824.
Mattea Ream led the Barons with games of 146 and 188 (334 series). Other standouts included Bree Hall, who had games of 148 and 164; Tara McClure, who had a high game of 164; and Madi Shearer, who rolled games of 145 and 166.
Leo Wells had a team-high game of 236 and Jimmy Davis finished with a team-best series of 378 as Buckeye Valley held on for a 2,103-2,098 win over Highland Tuesday afternoon.
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