Graham opened up an early lead Friday night, but Urbana mashed the gas and overpowered the visiting Falcons 61-28 in CBC boys basketball.
“I thought we had good balance tonight. We did share the basketball and played good ‘D.’ It wasn’t perfect tonight, but we definitely took a step in the right direction, defensively,” Urbana Coach Jeremy Dixon said.
The Falcons abandoned their pressure defense and settled into a zone early against the Hillclimbers, with Urbana unable to penetrate. A tight lid on the hoop and some early fouls kept UHS out of rhythm and Graham pulled away to a 10-2 advantage before the quarter ended at 10-5.
“We defended well, but if they hit threes, we’re dead,” Graham Coach Mike Smart said.
Urbana did just that, lighting up the scoreboard from distance with four triples in the second quarter. They had seven for the game.
“Size-wise it’s varsity-jayvee, athleticism: varsity-jayvee,” Smart said. “So you have to try to shorten the game. The key was when they went to the big zone. We didn’t expect the zone. We were hoping it wouldn’t happen, because they’re just too long and lengthy and too athletic. We followed the game plan, but nothing comes easy.”
Jordan Underwood scored 13 points to lead Urbana, with Jace Underwood and Kalen Howell each adding 10. Conner Wylie had 12 points for Graham.
“Some of our better players haven’t had their best games these first two games, so it’s nice to see some other guys step up and score,” Dixon said.
Urbana won the jayvee game 47-42. Reid Taylor had 20 points for the Hillclimbers, with Chase Adams scoring 14 for Graham and Tyler Dunham adding 12.
Urbana (1-1, 1-0 CBC/MRD) hosts Shawnee on Tuesday, while Graham (0-3, 0-1 CBC/MRD) gets Tippecanoe at home on Tuesday.
Greeneview upends Triad
JAMESTOWN – Greeneview defeated Triad 57-50 Friday night in Ohio Heritage Conference boys basketball.
Ryan Boyd had 21 points and Colby Watson had 13 for Triad.
The Rams led by a point entering the fourth quarter, but Ethan Bradds had 15 points in the frame and 32 for the game to power Greeneview to victory.
“Greeneview competed at a different level than us tonight and Bradds took over at the end,” Triad Coach Matt McCurdy said.
Triad (2-1, 0-1 OHC) hosts Fairbanks on Tuesday.
Mechanicsburg tops Cedarville
MECHANICSBURG – Bobby Welch and Mack Cushman each had a team-high 21 points as Mechanicsburg beat Cedarville, 70-63, in OHC boys basketball Friday night.
Joey Butsch added 13 points for M’burg (1-0).
WL-S 59, Northeastern 35
WEST LIBERTY – Austin Miller scored a career-high 25 points as WL-S defeated Northeastern, 59-35, Friday night in OHC boys basketball.
Kannon Stillings added a career-high 21 points for the Tigers.
Reach Justin Miller at 652-1337 (ext. 1776) or on Twitter @UDC_Miller.