WAYNE WRANGLEDâ€”Seth King gets roped from behind by a defender in Bellmont's physical opener against Wayne. The Braves lost big at home 75-45. (Photo by Deb Shannon)
The Wayne Generals came calling at the Teepee Wednesday in the traditional season opening game between the Generals and the Bellmont Braves and with the exception of a quick turnover to start the game and another quick miscue to start the third period, Wayne did little wrong enroute to hammering out a 75-45 victory over the Braves.
It wasn't until the 5:39 mark of the first period that either team was able to erase the zero on their side of the scoreboard. Justin Mitchell opened the scoring for Wayne and his bucket was matched by a Zack Macklin hoop for Bellmont with 5:29 left and that was the only tie of the evening.
A pressure defense by Wayne created 28 Bellmont turnovers while the Generals had 15 on the night.
The story of the night was the performance of Wayne juniors Justin Mitchel and Jescus Mitchell. Justin blistered the nets hitting 11-17 from two point land and finished with 30 points while Jescus helped break open the game in the first period with four straight field goals including a pair of treys. Jescus Mitchel hit for 22 points meaning the combined effort of the Mitchells outscored Bellmont by seven points at 52-45.
MONROE— Two triples by Isaac Luginbill and another by Alex Byerly late in the third quarter was all it took to put enough distance between the Jets and the Churubusco Eagles in Wednesday night's home opener for AC, a 51-34 victory.
Both teams struggled with the turnover bug in the first half and the Jets simply could not buy a basket. From beyond the three-point line is where Adams Central will be hoisting most of their shots this season with several skilled snipers on the squad but in the first half, AC shot 1-12 with Byerly netting the lone triple with four minutes to go in the second quarter. The Jets were 0-7 in the opening frame.
Byerly's three-point shot was also the first points in the second quarter...for either team, putting the Jets in a 13-13 tie with the Eagles after being outscored 13-10 after one period. Luginbill drove the lane, spun, then dished to Pierce Harris for an easy two points on a lay-up giving AC the slight 19-17 lead ending an ugly first half.
"We weren't very patient in the first half," coach Aaron McClure noted after the game. "We were content to go one on one or take quick threes. Those are shots we will hit sometimes but they didn't go in tonight. The second half we had a little bit more movement when he had some threes that gave us some breathing room."
The Jets were holding on to a slim 25-23 lead two minutes into the third quarter when Luginbill finally hit a three-pointer in rhythm. Two possessions later, the senior struck again lifting the once dormant Jet crowd out of their slumber enjoying a five-point lead. The lead went to eight on the Jets' next possession after Byerly struck from the corner on a Luginbill feed.
UNION CITY—The young and inexperienced South Adams Starfires did not act the part on Wednesday night as they roasted the Union City Indians on the road, 61-42 behind the strength of senior guard Chase Mosser's 23 points.
SA started out sluggish from the field finding themselves down 15-8 after one quarter, but a 22-point outburst in the second put the Stars up 30-22 at the break.
The Starfires would outscore UC in the second half 31-20 to seal the victory going away.
Mosser was hot from the field shooting 9-14 including 5-5 from the free throw line with six rebounds and four steals. Point guard Dustin Dellinger layed down nine points of his own without missing a shot going 3-3 from the field with a pair of three-pointers and a free throw in his first varsity contest.
South Adams travels to Daleville on Saturday starting at 6 p.m.
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