Four charged in overdose death Underage felonies strain county system Fayetteville looks forward to 2018 celebration Russellville council discusses underground tanks in village Marilyn A Wren Larry E Carter Virginia L McQuitty Practices get underway for fall sports Jays soon to begin quest for SHAC title Western Brown to hold Meet the Teams Night and OHSAA parent meeting Aug. 8 Norville F Hardyman Carol J Tracy James Witt Hundreds of Narcan doses used in 2016 Heavy weekend rain causes flooding and damaged roads Child Focus hosts Chamber of Commerce meeting Mary F McElroy Broncos out to defend SBAAC American Division soccer title Bronco 5K to take place Aug. 5 EHS volleyball team ready for new season Michael C Cooper Raymond Mays Harry E Smittle Jr Mary A Flaugher Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Ricky L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Cecil N Graham Sawyers charged in sex for heroin plot Group demands changes at ELSD Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann Kids enjoy a ‘Touch-a-Truck’ event in Mt. Orab New police chief takes over in Fayetteville BC Chamber moving forward on 2017 SummerFest Two killed in wrong way crash in Mt. Orab Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Corbin testifies before Ohio Senate Five arrested in Hamersville drug bust Neil Diamond tribute band coming Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors

Warriors blow past Rockets in SHAC showdown

FAYETTEVILLE — The Fayetteville Rockets entered their game Saturday night as winners of six of their last seven games. Their opponent, the Eastern Warriors, had won five of their last six. Something had to give when the two squads met on the hardwood for a Southern Hills Athletic Conference match.

Thanks to a game-high 23 points from Charles Bellamy, the Warriors left Fayetteville with a road victory in blowout fashion, defeating the Rockets 66-47.

It appeared early on that the game would go down to the wire. Eastern held a slim 15-14 lead after the first quarter. However, the Warriors’ defense stepped up in the second quarter, limiting Fayetteville’s chances and holding the Rockets to eight points, allowing Eastern to take a 30-22 lead into halftime.

Fayetteville head coach Darryl Iles said a lapse in concentration midway through the quarter is what allowed Eastern to pull ahead.

“We just lost our focus in the middle of the second quarter,” Iles said. “Right at the end of the second quarter, there was a play where I thought we had the ball and they scored three points. That’s a five point swing. We just didn’t really recover from that as a team.”

The third quarter saw Eastern build on their lead thanks to an 8-0 run that spanned just over a minute of gametime. Fayetteville had cut the lead down to five points at the time, but the quick burst by the Warriors put game out of reach. Fayetteville managed 15 points in the fourth quarter, but gave up 18.

Iles said his team simply didn’t play very well, despite knowing the physicality of the game they were about to play.

“We just didn’t play well,” Iles said. “We didn’t execute and we didn’t share the basketball. Things didn’t go our way. They played real physical, we knew they would. We knew they’d come out and play the defenses they did. I don’t think our boys were focused and didn’t do very well executing the gameplan.”

On the other side, Eastern head coach Rob Beucler said his team played well in the second half after struggling early.

“The kids played well,” Beucler said. “They stepped up and did their job defensively. Early we struggled finding people but they did a pretty nice job in the second half being patient offensively. They hit shots, made free throws and rebounded well.”

Beucler also noted two main reasons why his team was able to improve on their performance from the first half.

“One, we were more patient,” Beucler said. “Two, our defense got better. We gave them two or three easy shots where our defense didn’t rotate, didn’t guard very well. We shot the ball better in the second half. Our defense extended a little bit, we ran some half court then fell back into something where we could find the shooters.”

Bellamy led all scorers with 23 points. Mickey Hundley chipped in 17 points and led the team with six rebounds. Nick Kelch added 13 for the Warriors. Beucler made mention of several players who were crucial to his team’s success against the Rockets.

“He’s played well the last two or three games,” Beucler said. “In the second half last night, he had 17. Tonight he had 23. He rebounded and defended. He’s a good athlete. Mickey Hundley stepped up and had a good game rebounding. The kids are all buying in. Nick Kelch had a good half for us. Blake [Rigdon] was a floor general, took care of the ball for us and got some deflections. He hit a few easy pull-ups and made plays. That’s what you have to do.”

Max Lanham and Max Iles each scored 14 points for the Rockets, who were out-rebounded by the Warriors 24-16. Iles said his team failed to match the intensity of Eastern.

“They just were real physical,” Iles said. “I told them we had to match their intensity and we just didn’t. I think that’s the key. They just really wanted the game and we were just in slow motion tonight.”

The Rockets return to the court on Friday, Feb. 12 for a road contest in Manchester. Iles said his team has to execute better if they want to return to their winning ways.

“We have to get better,” Iles said. “We have to execute, play as a team and do what you’ve been instructed to do and everything will be fine. If you don’t do that, you’ll have nights that were rough, like tonight.”

Eastern returns to action on Tuesday, Feb. 9 in Hillsboro. Both squads will learn their sectional tournament draws tomorrow afternoon around 3 p.m.

Fayetteville senior Max Iles blocks the shot attempt of Eastern’s Austin Doss in the first half of the Warriors’ victory Saturday night. Garth Shanklin | News Democrat
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_DSC_0742.jpgFayetteville senior Max Iles blocks the shot attempt of Eastern’s Austin Doss in the first half of the Warriors’ victory Saturday night. Garth Shanklin | News Democrat

By Garth Shanklin

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