ZHS' Bocook brings his game

ZHS' Bocook brings his game


ZHS' Bocook brings his game


You can give him style points, but Zanesville junior Malik Bocook has been more about substance the past two games.

The 6-foot-4 junior had 21 points, 13 rebounds and two blocked shots in unbeaten Zanesville’s 63-45 win Friday against rival Cambridge, then had 19 points and 13 rebounds in the Blue Devils’ 71-43 win at Lancaster a day later.

The 6-foot-4 junior was 8-of-13 from the field and had six offensive rebounds against the Bobcats. He had 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the first half and had eight points with nine rebounds after halftime.

Bocook also was 5-of-6 from the line.

“I definitely had a strength advantage against the guy who was guarding me, so I figured I was going to get it a lot,” Bocook said. “Any time I got it down there I just tried to go hard to the rim.”

Bocook had 19 points — 11 in the third quarter — 13 rebounds and four blocks to lead the Blue Devils (16-0) against the Golden Gales. Zanesville is No. 3 in the latest Associated Press Division I poll.

Blackboard material

Montpelier’s boys were outscored 57-10 combined in the first quarter in dropping three games last week, 76-41 to Patrick Henry, 59-40 to Metamora Evergreen and 76-47 to Antwerp; Nikki Meyer scored 37 points but her Liberty Center team still came up short against Hamler Patrick Henry, 87-69; Kalida’s girls forced Miller City into 38 turnovers in a 69-34 victory; Findlay Liberty-Benton lost its top returning scorer when Katie Simon (17.5 ppg) suffered a preseason knee injury, then lost its season opener to Bellevue but has won its past 15 behind BGSU-bound Rachel Myers; Maysville’s girls (19-0) ran their regular-season winning streak to 40 games with a 49-34 win against Tri-Valley — the Panthers’ only loss in that span is a district final setback to fellow unbeaten Millersburg West Holmes; Versailles, the Division III state boys runner-up in 2012-13 and out to a 9-0 start to this season, have dropped seven straight after losing junior Division I prospect Kyle Ahrens to fractures in his fibula and tibia in one leg; Fort Recovery’s boys ran their win streak to nine in a row and took sole possession of first place in the Midwest Athletic Conference with a 66-48 win against Minster; New Knoxville’s girls picked up their 11th consecutive win with a 60-29 win against Waynesfield-Goshen, and Minster won its ninth in a row with a 52-36 win against Russia (no, not the one hosting the Winter Olympics).

Slow starters

Archbold’s boys scored just 13 points in the first half but rallied from that 16-point deficit to beat Defiance Tinora 52-44; Tinora’s boys had a 17-6 lead on Haviland Wayne Trace after one quarter and 37-27 halftime advantage but lost in overtime 67-64; and West Unity Hilltop’s boys trailed Pioneer North Central 35-16 at half but thanks to a 39-18 upper hand in the second half won 55-53.

Double triple-double

Upper Sandusky’s Taylor Graboski — a 6-2 senior headed to Valparaiso on a volleyball scholarship — turned in a triple-double with 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in a 65-61 win against Bucyrus. She then followed that with another triple-double (14 points, 11 rebounds, 12 blocks) in the Rams’ 56-46 win against New Washington Buckeye Central.

Cardiac kids

Pandora-Gilboa’s Seth Schmenk capped a 32-point night by throwing in a half-court shot at the second-overtime buzzer to give his Rockets a 63-61 win against Vanlue; and in a battle of unbeatens, Division III Andover Pymatuning Valley (16-0) rallied for a 55-54 victory against Division II Cortland Lakeview (17-1).

Top-five thriller

In its first season in the Northern Ohio League, fifth-ranked Mansfield Ontario ended Division II No. 1 Norwalk’s 57-game regular-season winning streak with a 63-61 win. Both teams entered the game 15-0. The Truckers had a potential game-tying basket rim out with less than two seconds left, sealing the defeat. The 57 consecutive regular-season wins goes down as the ninth-longest in Ohio history according to the unofficial OHSAA state record book. The streak began Feb. 26, 2011, and included parts of four seasons.

Half a thousand

Berlin Hiland girls coach Dave Schlabach won his 500th game last week in a 93-7 win against Newcomerstown. Now in his 23rd season, Schlabach is 501-80 at the Holmes County school. Under Schlabach, the Hawks have four Division IV state championships, four state runner-ups and three other trips to the state final four. Hiland will win the Inter-Valley Conference title for the 19th consecutive season and 21st time in Schlabach’s tenure.

Contributing: Sam Blackburn, staff reports.


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