Steubenville wears down Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE — Thanks to a 23-7 surge during a nine-minute stretch of the second half, Steubenville Big Red completed a back-to-back sweep of Guernsey County foes by defeating host Cambridge, 72-62, at Gene Ford Gymnasium on Tuesday.

Big Red (7-2) — which knocked off previously unbeaten Meadowbrook 83-79 in its last game on Saturday — found itself trailing 46-45 at the three-minute mark of the third quarter after a three-point goal from Jamison Lowery of the Bobcats, but consecutive triples by Isaiah Lee-Granatir and Javon Davis and a late drive to the hoop by Davon Smith countered only by a trey from Cambridge’s Alex Masinelli moved Steubenville on top, 53-49, at the third-quarter break.

The visitors continued to surge at the outset of the final period, scoring 15 of the next 19 points to take control at 68-53 with 2:12 remaining.

Charles Reeves started the onslaught with a three-point play; Shyoun Petteway followed with a three and a lay-up; Alec Davis cashed two free throws; Reeves goaled underneath and Lee-Granatir had consecutive point-blank scores in the run which put the game on ice.

Cambridge gained a 9-4 edge down the stretch to cut the final margin to 10.

Both coaches credited Steubenville’s depth with key to the stretch run.

“With our up-and-down style, we go 10 deep and that helps us,” said Big Red coach Mike Haney. “It tends to wear the other team down a little, and if someone’s not ready to play, we’ve got other guys to step in and get it done.

“Shyoun carried us early, and then Charles and Isiah played well down the stretch.”

Cambridge led 16-12 after the opening quarter, with Masinelli scoring 10 for the ‘Cats and Jack Marx tossing in five for Big Red.

“We’re playing seven guys and they’re a lot deeper,” said Cambridge’s Sheryl Weber. “Their length obviously presents us with problems. We looked like little kids in some cases against their guys.

“I felt our offensive execution in the first half was really good. We took good shots and ran the clock, but then in the third quarter we got away from that a little bit and got in a hurry. When we got down, we got in a bit of a panic-mode and then they pulled away.”

Steubenville gained a 21-18 edge in the second period, with Reeves and Masinelli leading their respective squads with six points.

“Coach (Sheryl) Weber had them ready to go with a good game plan,” said Haney. “Our goal was to stop Masinelli and he had 12 points at the half, so we weren’t doing that.”

Lee-Granatir led a well-balanced Big Red attack which featured four players in double figures with 15 tallies. Petteway netted 14; Reeves scored 12 and Marx added 10 while Alec Davis was a near-miss with nine.

Big Red hit 29-of-51 field goal attempts and 7-of-11 free throws with 26 rebounds and a dozen turnovers. Reeves and Lee-Granatir each had six caroms for the winners.

Masinelli again led Cambridge (4-5) with 21 points, with his top support coming from Leppla who tossed in 16. Lowery contributed 11 and Caleb Oliver had eight.

The ‘Cats were 26-of-54 from the floor and 5-of-7 at the stripe with 26 boards and 13 miscues. Masinelli grabbed seven rebounds and Leppla had six while Lowery dished out four assists and had three blocks.

“Connor Leppla gave us great intensity tonight and I also thought Caleb Oliver played his best game tonight,” said Coach Weber. “There’s no such thing as a moral victory, but we’re making progress.”

Steubenville now leads the all-times series with Cambridge, 42-28.

Big Red has two more road games this week — Friday at Catholic Central and Saturday at St. Clairsville.

Steubenville 72, Cambridge 62

Steubenville 12 21 20 19 — 72

Cambridge 16 18 13 15 — 62

STEUBENVILLE: Petteway 6 0-0 14, Davis 2 0-0 6, Lee-Granatir 7 0-0 15, Zimmerman 1 0-0 2, Reeves 4 4-7 12, Smith 2 3-3 4, Marx 4 0-0 10, Gulan 0 0-0 0, Robinson 0 0-0 0, Davis 4 1-2 9. TOTALS: 29 7-11 72. 3-pointers: Petteway 2, Davis 2, Marx 2, Lee-Granatir.

CAMBRIDGE: Ward 0 0-0 0, Aleshire 2 0-0 4, Long 1 0-0 2, Oliver 2 2-2 8, Masinelli 10 0-0 21, Lowery 4 1-1 11, Leppla 7 2-4 16. TOTALS: 26 5-7 62. 3-pointers: Lowery 2, Oliver 2, Masinelli.