KINNIKINNICK – In what was advertised to be possibly the best match-up all day long, the final outcome revealed other things.
Sandwiched between two other area basketball games, Adena fell 71-42 to Circleville on Friday afternoon in the Zane Trace Tip-Off Classic.
The Warriors struggled to find a steady offensive rhythm for all 32 minutes and failed to score 15 points in any quarter of play.
“We don’t make excuses,” Adena coach Jason Smith said. “We don’t have them. I told the guys that Circleville came out and smacked us in the mouth tonight. I told them after the game that I hope they felt this. They played a good basketball team and we expect to better than that. However, our guys didn’t stop playing. They played hard and they competed every single play. It’s just one of those night where we were 2-of-17 from the three-point line.”
Right out of the gate, the Tigers took a 5-2 lead and had expanded it to 15-8 when the first quarter ended.
As Circleville continued to use its lankiness and size to control the glass, the Tigers also outscored the Warriors 17-13 in the second to take a 32-21 lead into halftime.
“We weren’t converting on our opportunities,” Smith said. “We have to learn from tonight know what we didn’t do well. Tonight, our defensive rotations were not very good and when you don’t rotate on defense against a team like Circleville, they’re going to make you pay. They moved the ball extremely well tonight. They moved the ball liked we want to move the ball.”
In the third, more of the same took place as the Warriors continued to spiral downwards. The Tigers outscored Adena 18-10 in the third and 21-11 in the fourth to produce the final outcome of 71-42.
Just like every win or loss, negatives and positives were taken away from the lesson at hand. The negative for the Warriors was defense, the positive was the play of both Collin Cory and Austin Preston.
“I thought Collin was aggressive offensively,” Smith said. “He’s a pretty good basketball player and a kid that we really count on. He showed up tonight and played extremely hard. And Austin guarded for the most part pretty well and hit open shots. He’s the type of kid who’s going to benefit off of us driving to the basket. He’s going to get a lot of open jumpers this year. We just hope he knocks them down.”
Brian Hall led Adena’s offense with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Jonathan Thomas followed with 10 points and 10 rebounds while Cory added 10 points, four rebounds and two assists.
The Warriors will return to action Dec. 4 at home against Southeastern.
Piketon edged by Amanda-Clearcreek
KINNIKINNICK – Piketon was also in action Friday but suffered the same ending as their SVC counterparts in terms of wins and losses.
The Redstreaks (0-1) fell to Amanda-Clearcreek by a final of 41-36 — a loss that secured Aces’ head coach Cody Carpenter with his first win as a head coach. Carpenter graduated from Huntington High School and spent a stint of time on Unioto’s coaching staff as an assistant.
Carpenter’s Aces grabbed an early advantage after taking a 9-5 lead into the second quarter before exploding for 20 points in the next eight minutes to extend the lead to 29-18.
In the third quarter, the ‘Streaks were on the attacking end of things as Steven Zimmerman spearheaded a 13-5 run to cut the deficit to just three at 34-31.
But there was just enough left in Amanda-Clearcreek’s fuel tank as the Aces held on by scoring seven of the next 12 points to preserve the victory.
Zimmerman led Piketon with 10 points while Casey Moore did his part in scoring seven points and grabbing six rebounds. Cody Vulgamore also appeared on the scoring sheet with six points and 11 boards.
Piketon will now set its focus on Dec. 4 when they travel to Paint Valley.