Hornets Split With Clay-Battelle Cee-Bees
A brief post game meeting with players is always a good sign. Balwanz took very little time praising his team in the locker room after the Hornets hammered the Clay-Battelle Cee-Bees in to submission, 82-40 Tuesday night at Blacksville.
“We played four quarters of good old fashion basketball,” said Balwanz. We played well against Trinity for three quarters and I told the guys we can’t play these good teams like the Cee-Bees for two or three quarters and expect to win and the boys strung it together for 32 minutes.”
Five Hornets scored in double figures, including sophomores Dalton Kuhn and Logan McDiffitt. The two combined for 20 points and also played outstanding defense. McDiffitt pushed the ball well down the floor and is the team’s field general, while Kuhn contributed 10 boards for his first varsity double-double.
Receiving accolades besides Kuhn and McDiffitt were Kimble, Smith and Phillips. Kimble just missed another double-double, scoring a game-high 21 points to go with nine rebounds. He also had two steals and five assists to go add to a perfect 4-4 at the line. Smith also missed another double-double with 17 points and nine rebounds. Phillips tallied 16 points and six rebounds. “Phillips did a nice job on the offensive rebounds by keeping the ball alive,” said Balwanz. “We need him to play like that all the time.”
Other Hornets denting the scoreboard included, Shane Kuhn, Tyrell Watson and Chris Shackleford each with two points.
After a modest 18-13 lead the Hornet offense exploded for 30 points, while their tenacious defense held the Cee-Bees to only three points to take a 48-15 lead heading into the locker room.
The Cee-Bees outscored the Hornets 17-16 in the third, but Hundred swatted away the Bees with 18 points, while limiting them to eight in the fourth to get the win.
“We put them away in the second period and limited them to only two baskets from beyond the arc,” added Balwanz.
Only four Hornets dented the scoreboard in an overtime contest Feb. 16 against the Clay-Battelle Cee-Bees at the Hornets’ Nest. At the end of five, however, the Hornets fell narrowly, 53-50
Emery Smith scored 19 points and 10 rebounds and Corey Kimble added 16 points, including two triples, to pace the Hornets. Zach Phillips and Logan McDiffitt teamed for 15 points.
Cee-Bee Travis Holmes led all scorers with 27 points, including 4-5 baskets from beyond the arc.