SCIOTOVILLE-The Western Indians traveled to Sciotoville Friday night in a tense Southern Ohio Conference battle. They escaped with the win 65-60.
The Indians stepped out to an early 24-18 lead by the end of a sloppy first quarter. Saul Williams, of Eastern, stepped up early in the second and knocked down a long range three to tie the game up at 24 all. Blaine Scott, of the Tartans, had two crucial low post scores with 3:54 left in the half to put East up by four. Western’s Bryce Campbell came in the game and immediately knocked down a three to pull the Indians to within one.
With just under three minutes to go until the half, a ball was traveling out of bonds and was being chased by a player from each team. The two players collided as the went out of bounds and hit each other hard. The two teams got into it on the court and resulted in a double technical being issues. Both fan bases become immediately more irate and the enviornment in the arena became hostile. Akia Brown scored for East on a steal when play was resumed. Wstern answered with a quick layup, followed by a defensive stop and a Tanner Perdue floater to head to the locker room at the break with a two point lead.
The third quarter ended the same way as the second, Perdue hit another floater to give his team the lead heading into the final quarter. With just over two minutes left to play, Tartans big man Blaine Scott put a low post score in to bring his team within a bucket. Perdue was fouled with a minute and a half left and sank them both, gving the Indians a 59-55 lead. When Bryce Breklster followed with a baseline drive for a layup, the Indians held a 61-55 lead inside of a minute, forcing East to begin fouling. A huge Akia Brown 3 point shot for East brought the score to 61-58, but the Indians managed to hit enough of their free throws coming down the stretch to hold off the Tartans for the SOC road win.
Both teams were lead by their point guards in scoring. Akia Brown had 34 points to lead all scorers, showing an ability to get to the bucket at will as most of his shots were from the paint. The next leading scorer was Blaine Scott, putting up 7 points in limited minutes.
Tanner Perdue mixed his game up, scoring 25 points and dishing out a few assists. Bryce Breklster was next on the list with 15 points, mostly in the first quarter.
In such a point guard heavy game, Western head coach Kyler Miller felt his point guard grew from the tough road victory.
“I thought he grew up last year as a sophomore, he was huge for us last year, but he really grew up tonight. You could see it, you knew who our general was and who we had to get the ball to to take care of it and he did a great job of leading us,” Coach Miller said after the game.
Look for both point guards to continue with performances like these throughout the rest of this SOC season.