WHEELERSBURG — Simply put, the Wheelersburg Pirates got a game in over the weekend —and only added intrigue to their Southern Ohio Conference Division II championship chase with Waverly.
While Wheelersburg’s much-anticipated and colossal SOC II first-place tilt with Waverly was postponed on Friday, the Pirates did more than make up their league matchup against the visiting Northwest Mohawks on Saturday night.
That’s because the Pirates torched the nets for six points shy of the century mark, simply hammering the Mohawks 94-28 to pull exactly even with Waverly atop the division standings.
With the win, Wheelersburg is now 17-2 —and tied with Waverly for first-place at 12-1.
Saturday’s blowout gave the Pirates the season sweep over Northwest, as it was also the second time in which Wheelersburg amounted at least 89 points against the Mohawks.
Northwest fell to 4-16 and 1-13 in the SOC II with the loss.
The Pirates posted at least 22 points in three of the four quarters, including a hefty 30 in the second, and stymied Northwest to seven points or less in three of the four stanzas.
Wheelersburg bolted out to a 22-7 advantage after the opening period, led 52-13 at halftime, extended the margin to 70-23 following three frames, and outscored the Mohawks 24-5 in the fourth quarter.
Speaking of that fourth quarter, and for most of the third, the Pirates did not play their starting five.
Wheelersburg held a decisive 39-11 advantage in total field goals, including nine three-pointers compared to Northwest’s 10 twos.
The Pirates were also a perfect 7-of-7 free throws — as J.J. Truitt, Matthew Miller and Eli Swords sank two apiece, while Carter McCorkle made one as part of a third-quarter old-fashioned three-point play.
Truitt’s 20 points, which included four three-point goals, paced the Pirates and all scorers.
Miller mustered 17 points on seven total field goals, as McCorkle made five baskets and added 11 points.
Mason Montgomery added eight points on four fourth-quarter buckets, while Swords scored seven along with Jonah Lawson and Brayden Wilson.
Gage Adkins added six points on three buckets, while Aaron Jolly —on a deuce and a trey —finished with five.
All 13 of the Pirates on the roster played, and a dozen scored at least one field goal for two points.
Jolly, Miller, Swords, Lawson and Wilson accounted for a three-pointer apiece.
Northwest was led by Brayden Campbell’s seven points on three baskets and a split of first-quarter foul shots.
As of Monday afternoon, there was no official word yet on when the Wheelersburg at Waverly game would be rescheduled.
The Pirates host Eastern in the SOC II on Tuesday night, and travel to South Webster for another league matchup on Friday night.
Northwest will host Waverly on Tuesday night and Minford on Friday night, both SOC II affairs, while Waverly visits Valley on Friday.
Northwest scoring: Billy Crabtree 4, Dakota Secrest 3, Brayden Campbell 7, Brycen Carver 3, Austin Newman 2, Nathan Rivers 3, Braden Borens 4, Blake Carver 2
Wheelersburg scoring: Aaron Jolly 5, Josh Clark 2, Matthew Miller 17, Eli Swords 7, Jonah Lawson 7, Carter McCorkle 11, Gage Truitt 20, Gage Adkins 6, Mason Montgomery 8, Brayden Wilson 7, Corey Maxie 2, Kenny Sanderlin 2
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