Updated Wed, Dec 4, 2013 7:54 pm
The Nelsonville-York Buckeyes hosted and defeated the Amanda-Clearcreek Aces with a final score of 62-49, bouncing back after a loss at Liberty Union on Nov. 30.
The defensive-heavy first half was key for both teams, as NY managed to keep the Aces to nine points, while gaining a lead of 17. The duration of the game consisted of 16 turnovers, five of them being in the first half.
During halftime, head coach Jay Kline set out to correct the rebounding issues that plagued the Buckeyes.
“In the second half we cleaned that up quite a bit and it helped us, even though Amanda was making more shots,” said Kline.
Contributing for the Aces was Dusty Riffle, who ended the game with 25 points, 18 of those from outside the 3-point arc. He started off the second half strong for the Aces, as five of his six 3-pointers took place in the third quarter, that in turn closed the NY lead to 45-40.
The fourth quarter saw a climax when Amanda-Clearcreek’s Brady Cordle was dealt an intentional foul, his fifth and final foul of the game. He was forced to watch the rest of the game from the sidelines.
Josh Fayette controlled the game for the Bucks.
“I’m impressed with the fact that he leads us from the point guard spot, which is difficult at times,” Kline said about Fayette, “He’s a talented athlete and finds a way to get to the net.”
Fayette led his team with 25 points and 2 steals against the Aces.
“He gives us a real scoring threat when we need it, and hopefully we find another to go with him,” said Kline.
Alongside Fayette was Colt Adams, who managed eight rebounds for the Buckeyes and held his own with 9 points.
This victory brought the orange and brown to a 3-1 record and they will return to the court in Wellston on Dec. 6 against the Golden Rockets.