NORTH ROBINSON – Colonel Crawford reasserted its dominance on Friday night.
The Eagles rebounded from their lone loss of the season at Upper Sandusky last week, by edging rugged Carey 52-49 on Friday night in the regular season finale for both.
“This was a tournament-style game,” C.C. coach David Sheldon said. “They’re very athletic — they were picked to win this league.”
Colonel Crawford already clinched that honor, and finished off any dispute with their second defeat of the Blue Devils this year.
Carey (18-4 overall, 14-4 in the N10) started the game with an 8-3 lead, but Colonel Crawford (21-1, 17-1 N10) roared to life after Dylan Gulley hit a layup and 3-pointer to level the game at 8-8. The Eagles outpaced the Blue Devils the rest of the period for a 17-14 advantage.
Gulley scored seven of his 16 points in the first quarter. Todd Entenmann added 17 points and six rebounds for the Eagles, while Carey was paced by Zach Boes’ 16 points and five rebounds. Abel LaRoche chipped in 13 points for the Blue Devils, and Jared Wentling contributed six points and grabbed six rebounds.
The Blue Devils began the second period with a 9-3 run, fueled by a trey apiece from Boes and LaRoche. But again the Eagles answered, and led 31-29 at the half.
“I couldn’t ask anymore from my kids tonight,” Carey Coach C.J. Kin said. “We executed the game plan. We made Entenmann and Gulley work for what they got, and our role players really stepped up and hit some big shots for us.”
The third period featured furious defense by both teams, and Carey tied the game at 35-35 going into the final stanza.
“I think Sheldon and I both made enough adjustments in the third quarter that we took away what people were doing in the first half,” Kin said.
If the third period was a whimper, the fourth was a bang.
A flurry of threes on both sides kept the game within five points throughout. Carey led 41-40 before Owen Adams responded with two more treys to push the Eagles on top for good. A pair of Blue Devil 3-point shots fell just short with seconds remaining.
“It was a battle — it was a war for 32 minutes. Our guys did a good job withstanding runs and playing one possession at a time,” Sheldon said, “Goal number two starts next Friday, and that’s a sectional championship.”