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Lumberjacks Cage Wildcats, 69-52

By Staff | Dec 13, 2017

Photo provided The Lumberjacks #21 Peyton Bassett boxes out the Wildcats #4 Kolton Elliott for a rebound.

Paden City started Friday’s boys’ basketball game with Valley with two straight three pointers to take an 8-3 lead before Levi Streets hit a three and the Lumberjacks scored seven straight to take a 10-8 lead. Valley let the lead slip away but continued to take advantage of Wildcat turnovers and poor foul shooting to keep the game close in the first quarter.

The Wildcats took the lead on four occasions in the second quarter before Valley closed out the half with a three from Levi Streets who led all scorers with 26. Paden City came out of halftime and got two buckets to draw to within one, but Streets buried another three and at the end of three the Lumberjacks had an eight-point advantage. Peyton Bassett hit a jumper and Tyler Kocher knocked down a three to give the Jackets a 32-27 lead at the break.

The fourth frame belonged to Valley as it outscored the Wildcats 23-14 to get the win. Streets, who had nine assists in the game, hit two three-pointers in the third quarter but the Wildcats kept pace with Matt Saxon and Ethan Cross both hitting three balls.

In the first half the Lumberjacks were called for a double technical after a foul was called, giving the Wildcats six foul shots and possession but the Cats missed 4-6 from the line and failed to scored on the possession. Valley went down and hit a three, and what could have been eight points for the Cats, became a seven point turn around in the Lumberjacks favor.

Streets, who lit up the board with five threes on the night, fouled out with 3:47 left in the fourth but the Cats couldn’t take advantage and the game ended with the Lumberjacks in front 69-52.

For Valley ,Tyler Kocher ended with 14 points and Peyton Bassett knocked in 12. Levi Anderson had eight and Ethan Greathouse added six.

Paden City was led by the hot hand of Ethan Cross who knocked in five 3’s and finished with 21 points, He was backed by Matt Saxon with 15 markers and two 3’s. Trey Slider also finished in double figures with 13, including a three, plus four assists and six rebounds. Saxon added four steals and four assists and Garrett Cross got six points and nine rebounds.

Dalton Schupbach scored three point and had two rebounds, while Seth Bohrer and Ty Cain each added two points. The Wildcats evened their record at 1-1 with the loss and will visit St. Mary’s on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. matchup.