Updated Sat, Jan 19, 2013 10:28 am
Propelled by Marc Carter and a swarming 1-3-1 zone, the Nelsonville-York Buckeyes put together a 24-8 fourth quarter and ran away with a win a win at home versus the Alexander Spartans. Nelsonville-York would win by a score of 62-47 to break even at 3-3 in the TVC-Ohio.
Coach Jay Kline’s team struggled through the first three quarters of a physical, fast-paced game that that saw both teams reach the bonus in fouls in both halves. In all, 37 free throws were attempted in the game.
It was a back-and-forth contest for most of the night, with the Spartans and Buckeyes exchanging the lead multiple times in the second and third quarters.
Both teams would employ a 2-3 zone and would mix it up on the defensive end, but this did nothing to slow the pace of the game. At the conclusion of the third the score sat at 41-38.
It would be the N-Y 1-3-1 zone that pressured the Spartans into numerous turnovers in the fourth that ultimately sunk Alexander.
Coach Kline was happy with the adjustments his team made on the defensive side of the ball in the fourth quarter.
“It was just something we thought we needed to do to stop penetration and slow Braden Jones down a little bit, which I thought we did a pretty good job of,” he said.
Four Buckeyes would finish in double figures, with Carter leading the way, including four three pointers in the second half. Seth Richardson would lead the way for Alexander with 19 points and would pull down seven rebounds, while Braden Jones had a decent offensive night with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
N-Y will look to continue their three game winning streak when they play Liberty Union at home Saturday. The Spartans will look to break a string of three straight losses Saturday when they host Oak Hill.