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Panthers ground Jets; ’Cats fall at Martins Ferry

December 8, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

MORRISTOWN - After dropping a disappointing 62-43 loss one night earlier, Buckeye Local boys basketball coach Jay Morris was fearful of the repercussions of back-to-back losses to open the season.

John Rozenek took care of that.

Taking advantage of Rozenek's scoring and a pressure defense, Buckeye Local recorded an impressive 78-48 win over Union Local Friday night.

Rozenek came within a point of matching the school scoring record, but it was the 14 consecutive points he scored in a first-half stretch catapulted the Panthers to their first win of the season.

Buckeye is back in action on Tuesday, visiting Indian Creek. The game was originally slated to be played in the former Mingo High gym.

Coach Vaughn Butler's Jets struggled with the Panther press and found buckets few and far between in dropping to an even 1-1 on the season. The Jets registered a 14-point win over Edison in their season opener. They host Harrison Central on Tuesday.

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Buckeye Local 78, Union Local 48

Buckeye Local 19 22 23 14 - 78

Union Local 5 5 17 21 - 48

BUCKEYE LOCAL (1-1): Czuchran 2, 1-2 5; Agnew 1, 0-1 2; Williams, 1, 0-0 3; Duncan 3, 2-2 8; Rozenek 18, 0-2 36; Michalo4, 3-3 11; Hamilton 4, 5-6 13. Totals: 33-58, 11-16 78. 3-pointers: Williams.

UNION LOCAL (1-1): McDiffitt 4, 6-6 15; Sill 0, 0-2 0; T. Tipton 1, 5-6 7; Jones 1, 2-2 4; Porter 0, 3-4 3; Bailey 6, 2-6 17; C. Tipton 1, 0-2 2; Dunfee 0, 0-0 0. Totals, 13-38, 18-28 48. 3-pointers: Bailey, 3; McDiffitt, 1.

Martins Ferry 79, Edison 37

Edison 8 4 10 15 - 37

Martins Ferry 22 15 22 20 - 79

EDISON (0-3): D. Jones 2, 3-4 7; Lee 1, 0-0 2; Hyndman 0, 0-2 0; Kramarich 1, 0-0 2; A. Jones 3, 2-2 8; Howell 0, 0-0 0; Wilkin 2, 0-1 4; Woodward 2, 4-5 8; Horan 2, 0-0 4; Schat 1, 0-0 2. Totals 14, 9-14 37.

MARTINS FERRY: C. Schau 13, 3-3 31; Barritt 1, 0-0 3; Vargo 6, 2-2 14; Appolloni 6, 0-1 12; Sears 2, 0-0 6; A. Burress 0, 0-0 0; D. Schau 0, 0-1; Agnew 0, 0-0 0; Rine 0, 0-0; Edwards 2, 2-2 7; Bass 2, 0-0 6; J. Burress 0, 0-2. Totals 32, 7-11 79. 3-pointers: C. Schau 2, Edwards 2, Bass 2, Sears 2, Barritt.

Toronto 71, St. John Central 48

Toronto 17 20 22 12 - 71

St. John Central 7 11 12 18 - 48

TORONTO (3-0): Owens 12 5-5 37, Melville 6 0-1 13, Glenn 5 1-1 12, Gault 1 2-2 4, Stewart 0 0-0 0, Chadwick 1 0-0 2, Lawrence 1 0-0 2, Rawson 0 0-0 0, Zeigler 0 0-0 0, Clegg 0 0-0 0, Andrews 0 1-2 1, Roush 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 26 7-8 71. 3-pointers: Owens 8, Melville, Glenn.

ST. JOHN CENTRAL: Francis 1 1-2 3, Shoemaker 5 6-7 16, Holabek 1 0-1 2, Ford 1 1-2 3, Aluey 5 0-3 10, Bosell 3 2-2 8, Melko 0 1-2 1, Imer 2 0-0 5. TOTALS: 17 11-19 48. 3-pointer: Imer.

"I felt pretty poorly after last night's loss (at Steubenville) and didn't want to think about what effect it would have this team if we would have played the same way tonight," a relieved Morris said. "So this was a pretty big win for us.

"We told our kids that when you run, you run because you play good defense. And we played well defensively tonight."

As for Rozenek's near record effort, Morris stressed the importance of scoring in the paint. Rozenek finished with 36 points, just one shy of the school mark held by Chase Groves.

"The more points you score in the paint, the more successful you will be. Those are high percentage shots," he added.

It took Buckeye just a couple minutes to find itself with two starters on the bench with a couple fouls each and down 5-4, but the depth of the Panther bench and the hot hand of Rozenek erased any doubt of whether they could handle the adversity.

Rozenek scored on a short jumper in the lane and following Kyle Michalo's three-point play, Rozenek started his wild scoring spree.

He connected on five straight shots from inside the paint to pace the Panthers to a 19-5 lead at the first period break.

"My legs were completely gone at the end of the game," Rozenek said after his big effort. "I know they were trying to help me get the record, but I couldn't get it. I kept getting open and they (teammates) were very unselfish and kept getting the ball to me. This is a very unselfish team."

Rozenek finished with 36 points, all coming from the field to lead the Panthers. Tommy Hamilton provided the chief support with 13 points while Kyle Michalo closed with 11. Rozenek also led his team with 13 rebounds.

Jacob Bailey paced the Jets scoring with a 17-point effort that included a trio of threes. Kaleb McDiffitt added 15.

"You have to give them credit," Butler said. "They came ready to play. They just whipped us. They did what they had to do to win."

Ferry tops Edison

MARTINS FERRY - Cody Schau scored a game-high 31 points and Robert Vargo added 14 points and 10 rebounds Friday as the Martins Ferry boys basketball team cruised past visiting Edison, 79-37.

"Our aggressive man defense set the tone for the night and we owned the boards as we should," said Purple Riders coach Jeff Sabatino. "We did a real good job of taking care of the ball while forcing them into a ton of turnovers."

Schau added eight rebounds, five assists and four steals and freshman Emilio Appolonni contributed 12 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks for Martins Ferry.

Edison had no one in double digits. Clay Woodward and Alec Jones led the way for the Wildcats with eight points each while Dylan Jones added seven.

First-year Edison coach Nate Moses was quick to the point after the game.

"We are not getting the job done. It is as simple as that," Moses said. "We have no excuses."

Edison committed 16 turnovers to just six for the winners.

Owens leads Red Knights

BELLAIRE - Tyler Owens scored a game-high 37 points Friday night as the Toronto boys basketball team defeated host St. John Central, 71-48.

The Red Knights led 17-7 after one quarter, 37-18 at the break and 59-30 after three. Owens hit eight of the 10 threes by Toronto, the other two by Brad Melville (13 points) and Blaze Glenn (12 points).

The 3-0 Red Knights visit Steubenville Catholic Central on Tuesday.

 
 

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