COLLINS — The Western Reserve Roughriders boys’ basktball team avenged their only loss of the season Friday night with a 59-33 thumping of New London.
Western Reserve lost Dec. 30 at New London.
With the win, the Roughriders clinched a share of the Firelands Conference boys’ basketball title.
“One of the things we didn’t do the first time around was get after them defensively with a lot of intensity,” Western Reserve coach Chris Sheldon said.
“They won the battle of the boards and won the battle of loose balls the first time around,’’ the coach added. “That was something we talked about prior to the game. Tonight we came out and tried do that every time down the floor when we were guarding them.”
New London scored just six points in the first, second and fourth quarters, with a 15-point third quarter. Western Reserve held the Wildcats to just 14-of-57 shooting on the night.
“An opportunity to clinch a share of the conference title at home and to avenge a prior defeat, we came out with the mindset to do that and I thought we carried that out pretty consistently all night long,” Sheldon said.
A 9-6 game in favor of Western Reserve late in the first quarter, the Roughriders finished the first half on a 22-6 run to take a 31-12 halftime lead. New London shot just 5-of-29 from the field in the first 16 minutes.
In the only competitive quarter of the game, Western Reserve edged the Wildcats 17-15 in the third.
The Roughriders shot 27-of-53 from the field with 34 rebounds and 13 turnovers. Western Reserve did not attempt any free throws in the game.
Western Reserve had three players post double digit points, led by Nolan Todd with 13 points. Darren Johnson added 12 points and Kevin Boose tallied 11.
Dane Held paced the Wildcats with 10 points. Clayton LaFleur, Andrew Hopkins and Clayton Hall each added six points. Hopkins pulled down a team-high eight boards.
New London grabbed 23 rebounds, committed 14 turnovers and shot 3-of-10 from the free throw line.
“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. I knew if they wanted to beat us pretty badly they would,” New London coach Tom Howell said. “They’ve been playing a lot better since we did beat them and it showed.”
“I thought in the first half we had some pretty good looks,” the coach added. “We just had trouble making baskets at times. They do a good job defensively.”
Western Reserve visits Perkins tonight in non-league action.
New London plays at Keystone on Tuesday in non-league action.
New London 33
Barnett 2-0-5, LaFleur 2-2-6, Hopkins 3-0-6, Hall 2-1-6, Held 5-0-10. Totals: 14-3-33.
Western Reserve 59
Oats 3-0-6, Todd 6-0-13, Horning 1-0-3, Johnson 6-0-12, Schmitt 4-0-8, Boose 4-0-11, Patrick 2-0-4, Fanning 1-0-2. Totals: 27-0-59.
Score by quarter
N. London 6 6 15 6 — 33
W. Reserve 15 16 17 11 — 59