Cavs Beat Warren 44-42, Headed to Sweet 16
Saturday 03-12-2011 12:28am ET
In a post game interview following his team's win over Waverly last Friday, Warren's Blane Maddox said "Jalen Ragland will not beat us on a final shot."
The Warriors' coach was right. Max Corcoran did.
In practice this week, Corcoran couldn't hit a layup. But with the score knotted at 42 and time slipping away, Ragland took a shot with five seconds remaining. The ball fell short and Malik London grabbed it for his 20th rebound. Warren double teamed the Cavs center along the baseline and he found Corcoran waiting in the paint. Corcoran's shot left his hands with .3 seconds on the clock.
Corcoran said after the game, "It wasn't really a shot, the guys said it was a shot put throw."
It was a basket at the right time as the rock found its way through the hoop... it was a shade of Ray Chambers' final lay up in the 2008 state championship game. Just in time.
For Warren, it was yet another heartbreak at the Convo, denied a spot in the Sweet 16.
After a nip and tuck start, Warren finished the first half ahead 17-16. Chillicothe had grabbed its first lead on a Ragland shot 55 seconds into the 2nd period and the lead changed hands five times by the half.
The Cavs opened the 3rd quarter with a pair of free throws by Tyler Manion to help Chillicothe regain the lead and Isaac Beverly sank a bucket for the Cavs largest lead of the game at 20-17.
Chilicothe maintained a one possession lead into the final period and on back-to-back baskets by Manion and Ragland which extended the Cavs' lead to six at 31-25. Before you know it, Chillicothe had a nine-point lead at 38-29 with four minutes remaining.
That's when the Warriors became the "Whittlers".
Warren began to chip away at the Cavalier lead hitting free throws while the Cavs were shooting themselves in the foot with turnovers and missed shots on the other end of the floor.
Along the way, Chillicothe lost Manion to fouls at the 3:00 mark. Beverly played most of the game with four fouls and Corcoran picked up his fourth.
The Warriors pulled to within 38-35 on a free throw by Austin Cunningham. He missed the second shot, caught the Cavs sleeping and hit a basket off the offensive rebound to cut the deficit to one, 38-37.
Cunningham then tipped the in bounds to Grant Venham to put the Warriors back on top 39-38 completing a 10-0 run for their first lead since the intermission.
Then, it was Rag Time.
Jalen penetrated the lane for a 40-39 lead.
Venham would tie the game at 40 with another shot from the charity stripe, but missed his second shot. The Warriors were 10-of-20 from the line.
Ragland grabbed the miss and went the length of the floor. He missed his lay up, but got the put back for a 42-40 edge.
At the other end, Cunningham missed two opportunities under the basket, but stayed with the rebound for a put back on a third try to tie at 42 with 29 seconds on the clock.
Chillicothe dictated the final seconds leading up to Corcoran's "shot put delivery" to send Chillicothe half of the Convo crowd to their feet for a celebration. For the Warren half, it was another District disappointment. The Warriors are 2-10 in the Districts over the years.
Ragland led the Cavaliers scorers with 17 points. Zach Johnson had 8 of his 9 points in the first half, Manion finished with 8 and London and Corcoran had four apiece.
Neither team had a stellar start. The Cavs missed 13 straight shots before Johnson broke the ice with back-to-back layups inside 90 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Meanwhile, Warren started 1-for-8 before taking a 5-0 lead.
Venham, an Ohio football signee, led all scorers with 20 points. Cunningham added 11.
The Cavs dominated the boards 42-30 behind London's 20.
Chillicothe will head back to the Convo Thursday night with New Concord John Glenn at 8pm. Zanesville will battle Hartley in the first game at 6:15pm.
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Chillicothe-Warren, Round Three
Thursday 03-10-2011 11:32pm ET
When the Cavs and Warriors take to the court at the Convo Friday, both teams will hope to capitalize from their success in their District Semi-Final wins.
Chillicothe got past rival Logan Elm 50-37 while Warren pulled away from Waverly late 58-48.
For Warren, last Friday's win was one for the record books. No other Warriors team had won 20 games in a single season. "We were happy and proud to get that." Blaine Maddox said in a post game interview.
"That's a lot of wins in the regular season and the league we play in, if Chillicothe and Portsmouth weren't around, might be a couple more."
The Cavaliers handed Warren two of its three losses and the other came at the hands of Portsmouth. "It's (Chillicothe and Portsmouth joining the SEOAL) really helped us in tournament play since the expansion of the League. It's taken some titles away from us, made us a little mad once in awhile." Maddox said, referring to the Warriors last second loss to Chillicothe in Vincent. "We said (after the game), 'Wouldn't it be
nice if we could get them at the Convo and we'll forget about this one'."
Division II Southeast District Player of the Year Jalen Ragland secured Chillicothe's 44-43 win with a 3-point shot that Warren couldn't answer.
"I told the players we're dumping that in the trash and we're moving on... we're gonna do some things to try to take Ragland out (of the flow). When you concentrate on Chilli, on one player, they've got 4 or 5 scorers and it's tough, but we know each other and I think points are going to be a premium."
That may include getting physical and forcing the Cavs into some defensive mistakes. Last Friday, Waverly's Harrison Martin was found on the sideline for a good bit of the game with foul trouble. It changed the Tigers' attack and freed up penetration for Austin Cunningham and Grant Venham to work around the basket offensively. "I'm glad we got Martin in trouble because he was a load down in there for us. After we got him in trouble, their momentum changed."
While 6'8" center Malik London has played cleanly in wins over Unioto and Logan Elm, he fouled out of the Cavs Sectional Semi-Final with Circleville. London has had a number of games this season which found him on the bench or nursing four fouls in the second half.
Coach Gary Kellough said "Malik's maturing that now he understands on fouls three and four you've got to conserve those till late in the game when you can really open your game defensively and go for the shot blocks and play more aggressively."
For Chillicothe, Kellough says it all starts with Ragland. "We've got to get Jalen his 15 shots a game and then it makes it easier for Tyler and Zach to do their thing around the perimeter and Malik and Issac along the baseline. We've had trouble at times this year when we do struggle with offense, because we don't get him the ball after after three or four possessions in a row." Coach K adds the Cavs look to go through
Ragland "just about every possession and everybody reads off what happens to him."
Kellough is quick to compliment Warren's deep bench. "They're good at plugging in players at three positions... they're like everybody else, if you take their two main players off the floor it makes a big difference in what they're trying to do. They bring a couple of kids that are about the same off the bench that replace the kids that are on the floor. We're confident in our kids that if we have to go to someone that they can step up and get the job done also."
The Cavs offensive approach may sound easy on paper, but Kellough says the Warriors make it difficult to create opportunities.
"They've got all those wide bodies, therefore they take up a lot of space in the lane.... you have to get a lot of reversal to make sure you're spreading them out as much as you can so you can get in the driving lanes and get the basketball where you want it... they have nice big stocky bodies and they're pretty strong."
The winner has a date in the Sweet 16 next Thursday with New Concord John Glenn, a 47-46 winner over Carrollton at OU-Eastern in Belmont.
Game night coverage on 1490 WBEX begins at 6:40pm with the tip off at 7pm from Ohio University in Athens.
Catching Up With Ray Chambers
Thursday 03-10-2011 7:56am ET
As reported Sunday, former Chillicothe Cavalier Ray Chambers and Lakeland Community College (23-10) are headed to the NJCAA Nationals in Danville, Illinois.
Chambers wrote his name in the book of Chillicothe basketball history when he sank the winning basket in March of 2008 giving the Cavaliers their only state championship. He's hoping history will repeat itself for his new team in Northern Ohio.
"It's been great... I was at Chilli and I made history. It's the first time in history Lakeland's made it to the Nationals. From here, it's a nine hour drive. I don't want to drive nine hours to lose."
Chambers landed at Lakeland after a one year stay with JUCO Cowley College in Kansas. Following a red-shirt year, he's helped put Lakeland on the map. "You're on your own (at Lakeland). You gotta maintain, stay focused. It's helped me become a man, too. I'm happy."
The Lakers will face the defending national champ Lincoln College (Lincoln, IL) in this Tuesday's Game 6 at 8:30pm. The Lynx are ranked #9 in the nation.
The Division II tournament is a double elimination format. Lakeland's second game, win or lose will be Thursday March 17th with a potential 3rd game on Friday March 18th and first through eighth places decided in four games to be played on Saturday March 19th.
Chambers says there's been some turnover on the Lakers roster which has left a tight-nit unit of seven players.
"It's kind of tough because some guys get tired or get in foul trouble, we're hurting. But we play smart and we play together. That's how we win games."
Chambers, a two-time Ohio Community College Athletic Association Player of the Week this season has averaged 19.6 points, 12.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocks a game in 2010-11. He also made 56.6% of his shots from the field and 72% from the line.
Chambers finished the season in the nationwide polls ranked 6th for rebounds, 7th for blocks, 24th for individual scoring, and 50th for field goal percentage.
The Division II Lakers have been on an upset run through their regional tournament. #5 seed Lakeland beat Sinclair Community College (85-63) in the first round, then took top seeded Cuyahoga Community College (61-53) and Saturday defeated Cincinnati State (89-77).
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Cavs, Warren Tangle for a 3rd Time
Tuesday 03-08-2011 11:09pm ET
As the Cavaliers prepare for their third meeting with Warren this season, let's take a look back at the first two games.
GAME 1 - Friday January 7, 2011, Hatton Memorial Gymnasium, Chillicothe, Ohio - Cavs 66, Warriors 52
Just two minutes into the game, Warren's leading scorer Austin Cunningham took a hit to his chin when the Cavs' Tyler Manion made a quick break to the basket.
Cunningham exited for the visitor's locker room to have the laceration on his chin fixed.
At the time, Warren held a 5-0 lead.
Then, Chillicothe rolled off 14 straight points and all five Cavalier starters had scored by the end of the first quarter. By halftime, the Cavs were up 29-20.
Cunningham returned with a bandage concocted to hold the it in place. The bandage would become a fashion statement seen worn by fans at the Convo last weekend.
Despite missing more than half of the game, Cunningham scored 16 of his 20 points after the injury.
Warren could only get within six points (48-42) of Chillicothe.
Zach Johnson paced the Cavalier attack with a career-high 21 points and Warren had suffered its first loss of the season.
GAME 2 - Friday February 11, 2011, Warren High School, Vincent, Ohio - Cavs 44, Warriors 43
Warren had led for nearly the entire game, but Chillicothe had the lead when it mattered.
Chillicothe's final two field goals at Warren, were three-pointers. The first by Tyler Manion. The second, a shot by Jalen Ragland with four seconds remaining gave the Cavs their claim to their third SEOAL title with a 44-43 victory.
Ragland's shot, dubbed the "shot heard 'round Washington County" and vaulted the Cavs from a 23-18 halftime deficit to a post game celebration.
Chillicothe had shot a dismal 32% from the field in the first half, but stepped it up to 45% on 9-for-20 shooting. Most notably, Ragland, who prior to the game winning shot was 1-for-9 from beyond the arc.
NOTES: Much is made about the old adage "it's tough to beat a team three times in one season". Warren pulled off the feat this season with three victories over Marietta. Chillicothe has met an opponent three times in one season since Gary Kellough has been coaching the Cavaliers... The Cavs are 6-2 against Warren since joining the SEOAL... The teams met just once per year in the regular season until '09-'10 when the SEOAL went to round robin play... The Cavs played Warren twice in '08-'09, a 54-53 Warriors victory, Chillicothe's first loss after winning the state championship. The second meeting was at the Convo, a 73-66 Cavs win in the District tournament.
2006-07 at Warren - Cavs 61-43
2007-08 at Chillicothe - Cavs 67-32
2008-09 at Warren - Warriors 54-53
2008-09 at Convo - Cavs 73-66
2009-10 at Warren - Cavs 63-52
2009-10 at Chillicothe - Warriors 43-42
2010-11 at Chillicothe - Cavs 66-52
2010-11 at Warren - Cavs 44-43
Ragland DII Southeast District Player of Year
Tuesday 03-08-2011 10:52pm ET
Chillicothe's Jalen Ragland has been selected Division II Player of the Year in the Southeast District.
The UTEP bound Ragland averaged 20.5 ppg during the regular season while leading the Cavs to their third SEOAL title.
Malik London was a 2nd Team All-District selection while Tyler Manion and Zach Johnson were Special Mention recipients.
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Cavs-Warren Pre-sale Tickets Available Tuesday
Monday 03-07-2011 10:25pm ET
Pre-sale tickets for Friday's Cavs-Warren game go on sale Tuesday at CHS. It's your chance to make an impact for the Cavalier Athletic Department. Participating schools retain 25% of the ticket price.
Pre-sale tickets for the Cavs games with Unioto and Logan Elm combined have meant more than $1,500 has stayed at CHS.
Tickets are $6 for Friday's District Final with Warren.
Sales will be in the Chillicothe High School Main Office from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM Tuesday through Friday, with the exceptions of 6A lunch (11:45a-12:15p) and 6B lunch (12:30p-1:00p) in which ticket sales will be moved to the cafeteria to accommodate student sales.
Tickets will be sold from the Hatton Gymnasium ticket window from 4-6p Tuesday through Thursday. The ticket pre-sale will end promptly at 3p Friday.
Ray Chambers Lead Lakeland CC to Nationals
Sunday 03-06-2011 1:06am ET
Former Chillicothe Cavalier Ray Chambers and Lakeland Community College are headed to the NJCAA Nationals.
Chambers, a two-time Ohio Community College Athletic Association Player of the Week this season has averaged 19.6 points, 12.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocks a game in 2010-11. He also made 56.6% of his shots from the field and 72% from the line.Chambers finished the season in the nationwide polls ranked 6th for rebounds, 7th for blocks, 24th for individual scoring, and 50th for field goal percentage.
The Division II Lakers have been on an upset run through their regional tournament. #5 seed Lakeland beat Sinclair Community College (85-63) in the first round, then took top seeded Cuyahoga Community College (61-53) and Saturday defeated Cincinnati State (89-77). The NJCAA Nationals will be played March 15-19 in Danville, Illinois.
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Hitchens and the Dukes Bounced from CAA Tourney
Saturday 03-05-2011 12:06am ET
Humpty Hitchens and James Madison were upset by #11 seeded William & Mary 72-68.
Hitchens had 8 points in the loss.
Read more here.
Cavs Beat Logan Elm 50-37, Advance to District Final with Warren
Friday 03-04-2011 11:53pm ET
Cavs at OU. Need a Ride?
Wednesday 03-02-2011 4:39pm ET
There's a bus heading to Athens for the Cavs Division II showdown with Logan Elm Friday night.
The bus leaves the CHS parking lot at 4:30pm Friday.
To reserve a seat, call 740-701-9610.