Tornadoes topple Miller, 55-50

By Bryan Walters -

HEMLOCK, Ohio — A belated Happy New Year.

The Southern boys basketball team picked up its first victory of the 2015-16 campaign Friday night following a 55-50 decision over host Miller in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Perry County.

The Tornadoes (1-10, 1-6 TVC Hocking) finally broke into the win column after putting together four quality periods of basketball, which ultimately started early on as the guests established a 15-11 edge through eight minutes of play.

The Falcons (4-6, 1-6), however, countered with a small 12-10 run to close out the half with a slim deficit of 25-23 entering the break. Both teams also traded 15 points apiece in the third canto, making for a 40-38 contest headed into the finale.

Crenson Rogers scored half of his game-high 16 points over the final eight minutes of play, which allowed SHS to close regulation on a 15-12 run to wrap up the five-point triumph.

Southern connected on 21-of-46 shot attempts for 46 percent, including a 3-of-14 effort from behind the arc for 21 percent. The guests committed 15 turnovers and were also 9-of-10 at the free throw line for 90 percent.

Blake Johnson followed Rogers with 12 points, while Dylan Smith and Trey Pickens respectively chipped in nine and seven points to the winning cause. Jaylen Blanks and Clayton Wood also added six and three points, while Weston Thorla rounded out the Tornado tally with two markers.

SHS outrebounded the hosts by a 28-20 overall margin, but Miller claimed a slim 8-7 edge on the offensive glass. Pickens led the Purple and Gold with eight rebounds, while Smith added six boards to go along with team-highs of six assists and two steals.

Seattle Compston paced MHS with 14 points, followed by Alec Eveland with 13 points and Carson Starlin with eight markers. Garrett Bartley and Austin Knippa respectively added six and four points, while Dalton Hall and Adrian Strawn chipped in two points apiece.

Cole Geil wrapped up the hosts’ scoring with one point. The Falcons committed 11 turnovers and also went 5-of-14 at the free throw line for 36 percent.

Southern returns to action Tuesday when it hosts Eastern — which also picked up its first win of the season Friday against Fed Hock (57-45) — in a TVC Hocking contest at 6 p.m.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

By Bryan Walters