By Rob Hamilton
The Mount Gilead boys’ basketball team concluded their regular season with a 9-13 record after claiming a 65-55 overtime win at Utica.
The Indians needed a big comeback to send the game to an extra session. After leading 7-5 after the opening period, the team was outscored 20-10 in the second to trail 25-17 at the break. They would take a 13-11 advantage in the third and outscore their opponents 20-14 in the fourth to tie the game at 50 and then outscored Utica in overtime by a 15-5 count to earn the win.
Matthew Bland hit three three-pointers and finished with 17 points to lead the team. Carter Kennon scored 14, while Nathan Rogers added 13 and Joel Butterman scored 11.
A slow start by Highland led to the Scots falling 62-38 at Buckeye Valley in their final regular season game.
Highland, who finished the regular season 2-20, fell into a 21-10 hole after the opening period and watched the Barons expand their lead to a 44-18 margin by the half. While the Scots held a 20-18 edge on the scoreboard in the second half, they were unable to catch up to their hosts.
Jordan Bellamy led Highland with 13 points.
Cardington’s regular season ended with a 9-13 mark after the Pirates fell at home to Newark Catholic by a 91-72 score.
In the high scoring game, the Green Wave led 25-18 after one quarter, but had extended their lead to a 52-31 count by the half. The Pirates outscored them 24-23 in the third and 17-16 in the fourth, but weren’t able to close the gap in the non-conference contest.
Avery Harper’s 21 points led the Pirates, while Nate Hickman finished with 16 and Danny Vaught tallied 13.
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