Photo by Dana Cousins\wbex.com
Head Coach: Gary Kellough
Tip Off times are approximately 7:30pm unless noted otherwise.
* Denotes SEOAL game
|12-6||at Canal Winchester||60||42||1||0|
|12-10||at Dayton Stivers||64||46||2||0|
|12-13||at Logan *||63||54||3||0|
|12-16||at Jackson *||47||44||4||0|
|12-17||at Hamilton Twp.||46||24||5||0|
|12-23||vs Ak Buchtel at Ironton||50||68||5||2|
|1-13||at Gallia Academy *||51||37||9||3|
|1-20||Logan * (PPD to 1/24)||--||--||--||--|
|1-21||Gahanna (PPD to 1/31)||--||--||--||--|
|2-3||at Portsmouth *||34||56||11||6|
|2-10||Gallia Academy *||57||38||12||6|
|2-17||at Warren *||48||50||13||7|
|2-29||vs Sheridan at OU||47||32||15||7|
|3-9||vs Circleville at OU||65||30||16||7|
|3-15||vs St.Clairsville at OU||52||59||16||8|
Game Night with the Cavs
Dan Ramey, Pat Highland, Lou Postage and Jim Day set the scene for Cavalier basketball games.
The Gary Kellough Show
Dan Ramey Pat Highland
Jim Day Lou Postage
Dan Ramey and Pat Highland are in their 12th Cavalier basketball season.
Jim Day joined the team as sideline reporter in 2006 while Lou Postage joined the team in 2009.
Dan is in his 27th season as Voice of the Cavs and host of "Dan & Mike in the Morning" on WBEX.
Pat is a long time Cavs supporter, former president of the Cavalier Club . Jim found his spot along the sideline and in the locker room as a photographer at football and basketball games. Lou spent many years as head basketball coach at Pickerington Central and Adena High Schools and is the co-host of WKKJ's Vallery Ford Scoreboard Show.
Dana Cousins and Jim Day tag team on photography duties for wbex.com. For photos, visit www.danacousinsphotography.com or www.gamedayphoto.smugmug.com.
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Chillicothe 63, Logan 54 (No Photos Taken)
Inexperience caught up with the Cavaliers in their 45-43 loss to Portsmouth Tuesday night at Hatton Memorial Gymnasium.
Chillicothe had rallied from a nine-point deficit to go up by five with 3:16 remaining. However, the Cavs failed to protect their lead and lost for the first time this season… their second consecutive loss to the Trojans.
While the Cavs has a number of seniors on their team, the floor time is thin with a team which made its way through five road games to open the season unscathed.
In the final minutes, Adam Bixler gave the Cavs a 41-38 lead and Zach Johnson hit a field goal to create a five point spread at 43-38. Portsmouth center Dion McKinley stepped outside the arc and nailed a three-pointer from the right corner to cut Chillicothe’s lead to 43-41. Following a charging call on the Johnson, the Trojans’ Wayne Evans found Len Collins on a back door cutter for a layup to tie the game at 43 with 1:55 left.
Chillicothe took time to draw up their strategy for the final 1:52. Coach Dave Hammond said in a post game interview, the Cavs had planned to run out the clock or look for an open shot inside. Aaron Elliott saw an opening from the top of the key, went down the paint, and like Johnson on the previous possession, was whistled for a
Evans answered with two free throws at the other end to lift Portsmouth ahead 45-43 with 21.9 seconds left.
Chillicothe worked for a final shot and worked the clock down to 4 seconds when Portsmouth fouled Bixler. The Trojans had fouls to give with just 3 in the second half. On the inbounds, Bixler’s pass to MaLik Johnson sailed just out of the reach of the 6’9” pivot man. Thinking the game was over, McKinley tossed the ball skyward, only to hit a cross beam in the gym ceiling with 1.2 seconds remaining giving the Cavs one final opportunity.
Bixler’s next entry pass was grabbed by Marcus Dunn for a three pointer which landed shy of the basket, game over… Portsmouth wins.
The Cavs were playing in front of a packed house in their home debut and got off to a slow start, falling behind 11-2. Chillicothe whittled the lead to six at the end of the first quarter at 15-6, but Portsmouth pulled away to another 9-point edge at 22-13 just before intermission.
Chillicothe’s 14 first half turnovers dug a whole they’d climb out of in the third quarter. The Cavs outscored Portsmouth 18-12 to narrow the margin to 34-33 through three. Chillicothe lessened its mistakes and climbed to its first lead at 29-28 on a Johnson layup with 2:03 left in the third period, then opened the fourth with a London dunk.
The lead changed hands three times and London used a frozen rope from 8 feet away for the five point lead at the 3:16 mark.
Johnson led all scorers with 18 points and Aaron Elliott had 10 for the Cavaliers (5-1/2-1) in double figures.
McKinley (13) and Evans (11) paced the Trojans (4-2/2-1).
The two clubs will meet again in February in Portsmouth.
Prior to the game, the family of former Chillicothe Athletic Director Rey Bradley gathered for the dedication of Rey’s Corner at the Northeast corner of Hatton Memorial Gymnasium. Bradley was a fixture in that corner of the gym during his days at Cavalier athletic contests. A plaque and portrait of Bradley now hangs on the wall above that spot.
February 1st of 2011, Portsmouth beat Chillicothe 52-42 to snap an 0-13 streak against the Cavaliers. It was a landmark Trojans victory en route to a season that ended at Value City Arena in the Division III Final Four.
And most of that group is back for the first of two games between the squads at Chillicothe’s Hatton Memorial Gymnasium Tuesday night. Coverage on 1490 WBEX-AM begins around 7:30pm.
In his halftime interview on WBEX last Saturday, Trojans coach Eugene Collins
explained “We have a unique situation, perhaps out of all teams across the state. We have 12 kids, who are seniors, back from last season, and a couple of football players who decided to come back out to help us.”
The two who graduated were
speedy guard Andrew Bendolph and 6’5” swingman Tre Underwood. Among those returning, big man Dion McKinley (6’6”) and guards Wayne Stevens and Zaide Whitley. The inside-outside combo teamed for 38 of the Trojans’ 52 points in the last CHS/PHS meeting.
The Cavs are 5-0/2-0 and
Portsmouth enters the game 3-2/1-1.
While Chillicothe was surviving a scare at Jackson Friday night, Coach Collins said his team was letting “one get away” at Warren 61-56. The other Trojans loss came at Ironton. The fact both losses came on the road is a concern for Portsmouth fans. A poor showing would also drop their team to 1-2 in the SEOAL.
The Cavaliers will be making their home debut. Also, immediately following the junior varsity game, the CHS Athletic Department will be unveiling a memorial to former Athletic Director Rey Bradley who passed away last spring.
The night begins with a Freshman match at 4:45pm
The Chillicothe Boys Basketball Club and CHS Class of 1958 will be selling Cookbooks as a Fund Raiser. Also, the Chick-Fil-A dinner will be held from 4p-7p in the cafeteria.
The Cavs cruised to a 46-24 victory in a non-league battle at Hamilton Township Saturday afternoon.
On the heels of an emotional, last second win at Jackson Friday, Chillicothe played to its strengths in keeping the Rangers winless through five games.
MaLik London threw down an inside pass at the start of the game and the onslaught was underway.
London finished with 9 points and 7 blocked shots along the way. Zach Johnson (14pts) was the only double figure scorer for the Cavs as Coach Gary Kellough used the opportunity to get floor time for his younger players.
Chillicothe held a 29-7 halftime lead and nine Cavaliers got into the scoring column.
Saturday was the end of a five game road stretch for the Cavaliers (5-0/2-0), who will host Portsmouth (3-2/1-1) this Tuesday in their home opener. The Trojans, 2011 final four participants just eight months ago, fell at Warren Friday night 61-56.
Frustrated by double and sometimes triple team coverage throughout the night, Zach Johnson had the final say with a 23 foot buzzer beater to propel Chillicothe to a 47-44 victory at Jackson Friday night.
The Ironmen defensive scheme was to make sure Johnson had a red and white
uniform blanket his every step.
Entering the contest, the
Cavs’ leading scorer was averaging 25 points per game. Johnson was held to 5
points until the game’s final second.
Through at least 15 lead
changes, the Cavs managed some breathing room to close out the 3rd
Quarter with a 34-27 advantage. The Ironmen erased the seven point margin when Colt Chapman took over the fourth period.
Chapman took advantage of Cavalier miscues down the stretch to drop in five straight Jackson baskets. He tied the game at 42 on a free throw with 1:31 left in regulation.
The Cavs went back on top 44-42 with less than a minute remaining and forced a Jackson turnover with 40 seconds left.
The Ironmen had fouls to give as time evaporated from the game clock. Nick Bachtel tipped an in bounds pass which Chapman put into the basket to notch the game at 44. Following a time out, Chillicothe played for the final shot. Johnson nearly lost the ball, but collected it in time to let the game winner fly from three point range.
Prior to the shot, the Cavs rode the back of MaLik London. The 6’8” post man had a season high 21 points with 15 rebounds and 5 blocked shots. London did most of his damage in the third quarter with a stretch of four baskets. The Cavs hadn’t led by more than 4 points until London put them ahead by seven at the end of the 3rd.
Jackson (2-3/0-2) had a 21-19 lead at the half, before London hit two quick baskets to open the second half. Aaron Elliott, who chipped in 10 points, helped widen the gap with a three point shot midway through the third period and it appear the Cavs had crossed the threshold to begin to put the game away. But the Ironmen proved they weren’t going to roll over.
Chapman paced the Jackson attack with 17 points and Luke Eisnaugle had 11 for the Ironmen double figure scorers.
Chillicothe (4-0/2-0) will head to Hamilton Township Saturday afternoon. Coverage on 1490 WBEX begins approximately 2:15pm.
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The Chillicothe Cavs Boys Basketball team traveled to Logan Tuesday night.
The Cavs fell behind early in the game trailing 20 to 13 in the first quarter.
In the second quarter the Cavs found their shooting game to bring it within one point at 28-29 at the half.
Zach Johnson led the Cavs' 2nd Quarter comeback in which Chillicothe scored 15 points to Logan's 9.
Opening the second half, the Cavs tuned up the heat snatching the lead that they would hold through the rest of the game racing out to a 47-37 lead on the strength of a 1-2 punch of Johnson and MaLik London.
The Cavalier defense led by London's 9 blocked shots held the Chieftain's to just 8 shots in the third quarter. Johnson and London teamed for 15 of the Cavs' 19 points in the period.
London finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the night. Johnson was the top scorer of the game with 28 points.
The Cavs improve to 3-0 and 1-0 in the SEOAL and head to Jackson Friday night. The Ironmen fell to Portsmouth Tuesday 54-33.
Chillicothe used a 13-0 run to pull away from Dayton Stivers for a 64-46 victory Saturday night.
Three Cavaliers scored in double figures.
MaLik London had a triple-double with 12 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocks
sparked by a 9 point second quarter as the Cavs raced out to a 32-15 lead at the half.
Zach Johnson scored 8 of his game-high 20 points to start the game as the Cavs jumped ahead 13-5. Stivers closed the period on a 5-2 run to trail 15-10.
Aaron Elliott hit for 7 of his 15 points as he teamed with Johnson and Marcus Dunn to open the second half, out scoring Stivers 15-4 as Chillicothe made its first six shots.
The Cavs blocked 15 shots and out rebounded the Tigers 42-24, 38 of those were defensive.
While the offense and defense seemed to be working on all cylinders, the Cavs were bitten by the turnover bug with 26 and shot a mere 36% from the free throw line.
In his post game interview, Cavs assistant coach Dave Hammond (with a sheepish grin) said those were areas which would be addressed at practice on Monday.
The Cavs (2-0) will head to Logan to open the SEOAL season Tuesday.
On the heels of a 60-42 opening night victory, there’s always room for improvement for the Cavaliers. Just ask Coach Gary Kellough.
“The biggest two things we’re working on right now is our intensity in practice and of course the learning.”
With just two returning starters (MaLik London and Zach Johnson) there’s much to learn for a group of guards who haven’t much varsity experience.
Johnson is running the point for the first time with Aaron Elliott and Jalen Jones who weren’t on the floor for the Cavs last season. When Coach K wants a different look, Johnson moves to a shooting guard with Adam Bixler and Charlie Demint take point, two players who mostly saw cleanup time last season. That leads to the necessity for the guards to soak up what they can for the plethora of zone defenses they’ll face early in the season.
“The biggest think we talk with our kids about, we’ve got to improve every day in practice.”
When the Stivers Tigers came to Hatton Memorial Gymnasium last December (Cavs won 73-64) they brought a lot of speed and some hops, and Saturday, the Cavs will see face a very athletic team that will get up and down the floor.
Stivers opened with an 80-56 City League pounding of Belmont, but fell to league rival Meadowdale 61-45 last weekend.
6’5” Senior Khristopher Riddell poured in 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against Belmont. Carlos Roberts takes over the reigns as the Tigers’ head coach.
Coach K says the Cavs will see a number of zone defensive looks “Tandem 2-3, 2-3, 1-3-1, we’re gonna see it all with a lot of athletes. So, we’re gonna have to be a lot sharper than we were (against Canal Winchester). It’s gonna be a great test for us.”
If you plan to attend the game, Stivers is located at 1313 East 5th Street in Dayton. Play begins at 6:15pm with the Junior Varsity game and the Varsity teams tip off around 7:30pm.
Dan Ramey and Lou Postage will have the action on 1490 WBEX-AM following the Ohio State-Kansas game.
NO GAME AT OHIO STATE
The Cavs game with Cincinnati Withrow has had a change of venue.
Jeremy Treatman, organizer of the annual Scholastic Play-By-Play Classic, says he's been told by Ohio State officials they can no longer host the showcase of games due to NCAA regulations.
The Cavs have played in the showcase three times, vs Toledo Libbey (Dec. 2007), vs Newark (Jan. 2008) and last January vs Gahanna. Last year, half of the showcase was moved to Capital University due to a TV Network commitment for OSU.
Of course, having been under NCAA scrutiny due to the problems within the Buckeyes Football Program the past year, it would appear the university officials are playing it close to the vest for an event that could be viewed as a recruiting tool at the Division I level.
The event will instead be moved to Westerville North High School for the same date, January 7th. It's expected the Cavs opponent (Withrow) will remain the same. The Cavs haven't played a varsity game at Westerville North since the 1990s.
The Cavs trailed 13-12 to end the first quarter despite holding an 8-point lead in the first.
After that though, the Cavalier engine got crankin’ and rolled to the double digit
The Cavs had strong guard play from the perimeter which will be important early in the season because of the expectation not many of their opponents will defend Chillicothe man-to-man.
Coach Gary Kellough noted his team showed their patience against the 2-3 zone Canal Winchester defense “We’re a little bit farther ahead of on our zone offenses this year than we usually are because we’ve had to work so hard…” The Cavs are expected to see a lot of zone in their first few games in part because of the difficult matchup
opponents face with defending the inside against MaLik London.
Zach Jonson propelled the Chillicothe effort with 27 points. The Junior guard 14 of the Cavs’ 30 points at the half. Johnson nailed a buzzer beater from 25 feet out for the 30-23 lead at the intermission.
London swatted six Canal Winchester shots and tallied a 13 point night and Adam Bixler added another spark off the bench with 11 more.
Shemar Waugh led the Indians attack with 18 points. Kellough felt going in, it was important for the Cavs to make him work to get open. “We wanted to him to have to work like crazy to get to the basket and shoot the basketball because he’s a tremendous little young guard as a sophomore. We were rotating Adam (Bixler) and Jalen (Jones) throughout the game… I thought our kids who were guarding him did a good job.”
While Waugh hit for average, Canal (0-2) managed only 26 of 51 shots (51%) from the field with the Cavs’ managing 22 of 42 (52%). The biggest difference was at the line where Chillicothe made seven more free throws.
Chillicothe (1-0) will head to Dayton for a battle with Stivers School for Arts (1-1)
The Cavaliers (0-0) get their season underway tonight at Canal Winchester (0-1). The Indians lost 61-51 to Pickerington North last Friday.
The two clubs generally see one other during the summer camps and scrimmage on a regular basis, but the initial regular season meeting takes place tonight.
The Indians are led by a shifty and quick 5’8” sophomore guard Shemar Waugh who dropped 20 points in Canal’s opener.
The Cavs will take the floor without UTEP freshman Jalen Ragland for the first time in three years. While Ragland took his 20ppg average to Southwest Texas, Max Corcoran is enrolled at the University of Missouri, Tyler Manion is playing for the Hilltoppers at OU-Chillicothe, Miloje Djacic has since returned his European home and Isaac Beverly has sites set on continuing his education at Tiffin.
Chillicothe’s monster shot blocker MaLik London (6’8”, Sr.) brings his seven foot wing span to help fill the lane for the Cavs. The Cleveland State signee looks to improve on his 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks per game.
The Cavs’ other returning starter, Zach Johnson (6’2” guard, Jr., 9ppg) will switch on and off from the point guard position for Chillicothe.
The rest of the lineup features some familiar faces, with limited varsity time.
Aaron Elliott returns with his outside threat, Adam Bixler and Charlie Demint who prowled the JV perimeter and newcomer Jalen Jones fill the guard positions.
Inside and on the baseline, London has help from Madison Simmons, Marcus Dunn, Tim Beard, Isaiah Johnson and Nolan Taylor. Only Dunn and Simmons saw some varsity time last season.
Completing the team are, Nathan West (Sr.), Eddie Wells (So.) and Chris London (Fr.)
When asked how the Cavs look when London’s out of the lineup, Coach Gary Kellough says “We’re small. But we’ll get after it.”
Kellough begins his seventh season with the Cavaliers.
Coverage from Canal Winchester begins around 7:30pm on 1490 WBEX-AM.