By Brad Morris
After falling behind during the third quarter on Tuesday, Logan Elm responded with its best run of the evening to record a 34-29 non-league win over the host Chillicothe Cavaliers.
The Braves had grinded their way to a 14-9 halftime lead, thanks in part to Brody Sabine scoring seven points in the second quarter on 3 of 4 (75 percent) shooting.
Chillicothe (5-13) came out of the break and put together a 15-6 run during the third quarter. Mason Siberell had six points and Cayden Lee added five during the surge that put the Cavaliers ahead 24-20 going into the final eight minutes of action.
That’s when the Braves made their move, behind junior forward Carson Summers and sophomore guard Nemiah Waugh.
Summers shot 3 of 4 (75 percent) during the quarter to score seven points and Waugh scored the Braves’ other seven points during the decisive run, including going 5 of 5 at the free throw line.
“Carson really stepped up in the fourth quarter with some critical baskets,” Logan Elm coach Doug Stiverson said. “He hit a big three to cut it to one and get us going during the quarter.
“Nemiah then did a nice job of hitting free throws late in the game to keep our lead at four or five points.”
Stiverson also highlighted the Braves finishing the game with eight turnovers, including only three in the second half.
“We did a nice job of handling their pressure once we got the lead back, because they were trying to trap and do some other things,” he said. “That allowed Carson and Nemiah to go to work offensively there in the fourth quarter.”
On defense, the Braves held the Cavaliers to just one field goal during the quarter, a basket by Siberell, and three free throws.
“To hold Chillicothe to five points in the fourth and 29 for the game, that was a tremendous job by our guys on defense,” Stiverson said. “We did a nice job of containing Chillicothe’s dribble, because they like to use that to get into the paint and to the basket. Our guys also did a nice job of stepping up to rebound the basketball.”
Waugh led all scorers with 11 points, Summers followed with 10 and Sabine added nine for the Braves.
Siberall scored 10 points, Lee had eight and Caleb Eblin added seven for the Cavaliers.
The Braves (7-9) resume Mid-State League Buckeye Division play on Friday at Liberty Union.
Logan Elm 34,
LOGAN ELM — Gavin Griffey 1-0-2, Gage Arnett 0-2-2, Nemiah Waugh 3-5-11, Carson Summers 4-0-10, Brody Sabine 4-0-9. Three-point goals — Summers (2) and Sabine. Total — 12 7-7 34.
CHILLICOTHE — Cayden Lee 3-1-8, Caden Eblin 3-0-7, Cooper Stoneking 1-0-2, Mason Siberell 4-1-10, Tre’Quez King 0-2-2. Three-point goals — Lee, Eblin and Siberell. Total — 11 4-6 29.
Quarter scores 1 2 3 4 F
Logan Elm 5 9 6 14 34
Chillicothe 4 5 15 5 29