N-Y Boys Win One, Girls Drop One in Short Week

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The Nelsonville-York Buckeyes had a successful, although stressful, week of basketball. The Buckeyes earned a hard-fought 53-49 victory over Southern on Friday night.

With the game deadlocked at 49 all, the Buckeyes got the ball with 1:08 left on the clock and called timeout.

With 23 seconds to play in the game, Justin Perry found Ethan Bohyer on a backdoor cut and Bohyer finished at the rim for what ended up being the game-winning bucket.

“We wanted to hold the ball until there were about 10 seconds left,” said Buckeyes coach Jamie Justus, “but Justin (Perry) just saw the opportunity and had to take it.”

The Buckeyes jumped out to a 19-2 lead in the 2nd quarter, but Justus still wasn’t happy with how his team was playing.

“We still weren’t playing well. We got out in transition which is what we wanted to do but still had a lot of unforced turnovers and didn’t move the ball well.”

The Tornadoes fought back in the second quarter and cut the lead to five, 23-18, at halftime.

“From there it was pretty back and forth,” Justus said. “We weren’t playing our best basketball but were still able to get the win.”

The win moves the Buckeyes to 4-3 overall and 1-3 in conference play.

Reece Robson led the Buckeyes with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Jonothan Richards added 11 points, six rebounds and four assists. Bohyner, Seele, and Perry each added seven points apiece.

The Buckeyes travel to Eastern on January 4th before paying River Valley at home on the 5th and Federal Hocking on the road on the 6th.

The Lady Buckeyes had a less satisfying week, dropping a 59-35 decision to Wheelersburg on Thursday night.

“We just came out flat.” Lady Buckeyes coach Bob Cassady said about the game. “Wheelersburg was by the far the better team that night. We took some ill-advised shots and just couldn’t buy a basket. Wheelersburg is a good team so we needed to play against them and we just didn’t do that,” he added.

Jessi Addis led the Lady Buckeyes with 17 points.

The Lady Buckeyes move the 6-4 on the season with a 3-1 conference record. Cassady still thinks his team has a good chance to win the conference.

His team will get a chance to prove that this week as they play a big road game at Alexander on January 4th and then travel to Federal Hocking on January 6th.

Both teams’ Saturday night games were postponed due to weather.