East Liverpool boys complete season sweep over Indian Creek
WINTERSVILLE — The East Liverpool boys basketball team ripped off a big run in the first half, and the Potters never looked back, en route to a 79-39 victory over Indian Creek Friday night in a Buckeye 8 North Division game.
“They are the first team we played in the summer league last year,” Indian Creek (0-13) head coach Joe Dunlevy said. “They are wiry. They are long. They are athletic. That was probably more the difference than anything else. You have to give them credit. They are always well coached, and they are talented. That is a dangerous combination.”
The Potters caught fire and ripped off a 22-0 run to build a commanding 27-2 advantage in the second quarter.
“We don’t play our best here,” East Liverpool (9-3) head coach Nate Conley said. “It is a smaller court. They are well coached. They are a team that does not turn the ball over a lot, but we were able to get some turnovers early, and we were able to get out into transition. The kids did a real good job.”
East Liverpool led wire to wire.
“They are going to be fine,” Conley said about the Redskins. “They have the right guy to get them there. They are young. They are fundamentally sound. They are going to be a good ballclub.”
Indian Creek did not have a player reach double figures in points. Jacob Wright tallied a team-high nine points, while Isaiah Vandine and Hunter Rothacker each collected eight.
A trio of players netted double digits in Points for the Potters. Tresean Jackson tallied a game-high 23 points, Brennan O’Hara recorded 20 and Zavea Green contributed 13.
“I thought we did a good job in the paint,” Conley said. “Zavea Green stepped up tonight. We were missing a few guys. He played well. He just has to get more consistent.”
The Potters led 17-2 at the end of the first quarter, and the victors extended their advantage out to 35-14 at halftime.
“I don’t think they shot the ball as well tonight as they did up there, but they shot it well enough to beat us,” Dunlevy said.
East Liverpool led 60-29 entering the fourth.
East Liverpool won the JV game, 47-33. Devin Toothman delivered a team-high 11 points for the Potters, while Logan Shaffer finished with a team-high 11 points for the Redskins.
East Liverpool: Travels to St. Clairsville at 4 p.m. today
Indian Creek: Hosts Weir High on Friday.
“I will say this about my guys, they work hard in practice every day,” Dunlevy said. “They work hard, and they are going to keep working hard. If you came and watched us practice, you would not know if we were undefeated or winless based on the effort the kids give in practice. We are going to continue to work and work and work.”
East Liverpool 79, Indian Creek 39
East Liverpool 17-18-25-19 — 79
Indian Creek 2-12-15-10 — 39
EAST LIVERPOOL (9-3): O’hara 9 1-1 20; Stull 0 0-0 0; George 0 2-2 2; Irvine 2 0-0 4; Jackson 8 7-8 23; Dailey 3 0-0 7; Toothman 1 5-6 7; Green 5 3-4 13; Beverly 1 1-2 3. TOTALS: 29, 19-23: 79.
INDIAN CREEK (0-13): Francis 0 0-0 0; M. Kuczykowski 3 0-0 7; L. Kuczykowski 1 0-0 3; Williams 0 0-0 0; Morelli 0 0-0 0; Vandeborne 0 0-0 0; Irizarry 1 0-0 2; Wright 2 5-5 9; Vandine 4 0-1 8; Shaffer 0 2-3 2; Bodo 0 0-0 0; Rothacker 4 0-1 8. TOTALS: 15, 7-10: 39.
3-POINTERS: East Liverpool 2 (O’hara, Dailey); Indian Creek 2 (M. Kuczykowski, L. Kuczykowski).