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Everyone scores for Chesapeake boys in 71-44 win over Wayne

December 16, 2018

CHESAPEAKE, Ohio - Every player on Chesapeake’s boys basketball team scored Saturday when the Panthers rolled to a 71-44 win over the visiting Wayne Pioneers in a game on Norm Persin Court.

Eli Archer scored 13 to lead Chesapeake (4-2) while Travis Grimm scored 12 and Levi Blankenship added 11, both from off the bench.

Still, in victory, Chesapeake saw room for improvement.

“It was a good team win and it was good that we won,” said Archer, a sophomore forward. “We got to get back in the gym Monday and work on containing the paint.”

Archer said the Panthers were more intense than they have shown six games into the season. That was clear from the defensive effort.

Chesapeake and Wayne battled through four first-quarter lead changes. However, coming out of a 30-second timeout by the Panthers, Wayne surged ahead with two consecutive field goals to take a 9-5 lead.

From there, Chesapeake outscored Wayne 13-0 during a stretch that ran to the 4:19 mark of the second period when Wayne’s Benjamin Pomeroy connected on the back end of two free throw attempts to stop the Pioneers’ scoring drought.

By halftime, the Panthers had a 31-19 lead and Wayne had exhausted three timeouts.

To make matters worse for the Pioneers, senior guard Devin Hall was called for a technical foul for complaining about the officiating, giving Chesapeake two free throws to start the third quarter. Hall was given a second technical for disputing an official’s call after he was whistled for a personal foul with four minutes to play in the third. The second technical resulted in his ejection from the game.

Referees called Chesapeake for nine total team fouls in the game to Wayne’s six.

Trouble for Wayne didn’t end with the ejection.

All game long, Wayne struggled to limit its turnovers and to generate offense against Chesapeake double-teams and blocked shots.

Junior forward Nickolas Bryant had success in the lane against Chesapeake forwards Archer and Tylan Hutchinson. Bryant came off the bench in the middle of the opening period and finished with a game-high 17 points for Wayne (1-3).

“We had bad turnovers and bad passes,” Bryant said. “We need to get in better shape, too. They were really fast.”

Both teams return to the court Tuesday as Wayne will head to Poca for a 7:30 contest against the Dots. Chesapeake will be on the road as well against Southeastern, also scheduled for a 7:30 tip-off before the Panthers take an 11-day break for Christmas.

Chesapeake’s win was the second in as many days following a 57-36 defeat of Rock Hill in an Ohio Valley Conference game Friday.

WAYNE 9 10 10 15 - 44: Hall 2, Wallace 3, Pomeroy 9, Merritt 3, Adams 2, Crabtree 2, Bryant 17, Sansom 6.

CHESAPEAKE 9 22 24 16 - 71: Walsh 6, Grimm 12, Cox 2, Jackson 2, Dearth 5, Archer 13, Hutchinson 7, Blankenship 11, Schmidt 5, Cox 6, Lemley 2.

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