Photo by Dana Cousins\wbex.com
Head Coach: Drew Meister
Tip Off times are approximately 7:30pm unless noted otherwise.
* Denotes SEOAL game
|12-11||at Fairfield Union||40||46||0||5|
|12-21||at Portsmouth *||58||56||2||5|
|1-4||at Warren *||46||72||2||8|
|1-11||Gallia Academy *||38||37||3||8|
|1-12||at Gahanna Lincoln||52||69||3||9|
|1-18||at Logan * (OT)||58||62||3||11|
|1-30||at Jackson *||70||32||5||11|
|2-15||at Gallia Academy *||46||48||7||14|
|2-22||vs WashCH at SEHS||56||43||8||15|
|2-28||vs Athens at Ohio U.||49||59||8||16|
Game Night with the Cavs
Dan Ramey, Pat Highland, Lou Postage and Jim Day set the scene for Cavalier basketball games.
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Get a preview and review of the Cavs games, plus meet the coaches and players who impact Cavs Basketball.
Dan Ramey Pat Highland
Jim Day Lou Postage
Dan Ramey and Pat Highland are in their 13th 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 28th 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. Dana is also the Assistant Athletic Director for Chillicothe High School. To purchase photos, visit www.danacousinsphotography.com or www.gamedayphoto.smugmug.com.
CAVS PHOTO GALLERIES:
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New Brunswick 59, Cavs 43 (No Photos)
Cavs 51, Dayton Jefferson 48 (No Photos)
Cavs 70, Jackson 32 (No Photos)
Cavs 62, Portsmouth 52 (No Photos)
Cavs 57, Washington CH 38 (No Photos)
Ironton 75, Cavs 52 (No Photos)
Gallia Academy 48, Cavs 46 (No Photos)
Canal Winchester 58, Cavs 53 (No Photos)
Cavs 56, Washington CH 43 (No Photos)
|2||Eddie Wells||5' 11||G||11|
|12||Carl Harris||5' 8||C||10|
|22||Nolan Taylor||6' 3||F||11|
|23||Quentin Davidson||5' 7||G||9|
|24||Nate Rosenbauer||5' 9||G||9|
|25||Tim Beard||6' 2||F||12|
|32||Zach Johnson||6' 4||G||12|
|33||D.J. Vinson||6' 1||G||10|
|34||Devin Zehner||5' 11||F||10|
|35||Austin Elliott||5' 10||F||11|
Fairfield Union stayed with the Cavaliers and then pulled away for a 46-40 victory Tuesday night.
Chillicothe had a 25-21 lead in the 3rd quarter after Tommy Bolte nailed a 3-pointer and Zach Johnson hit a layup to put the Cavs ahead, but it would be a short lived lead.
Sam Green drained a three from the corner to cut the deficit to 25-24 and Jordan Barr hit a bucket to go up 26-25. Trevon Harris popped a 3-ball to put Chillicothe back on top before Barr closed out with four free throws to secure a 31-30 lead through three.
"We hung around for two and a half quarters... we need to get four quarters" said Coach Drew Meister.
His Cavaliers couldn't get to the free throw line, managing just two trips. "We didn't put pressure on them to guard us in the paint area (to force foul shot opportunities)."
The fourth quarter belonged to the Falcons. Johnson led off the period with a bank shot and the Cavs were up 32-31. That’s when Barr went to work. The junior point guard hit long ball to go ahead 34-32 lead and Thomas Green followed up with another three-pointer to jump out to five point margin.
The Cavs’ last chance to tie came after a basket by Pierce Knisley to pull Chillicothe within three with just over five minutes to play. Knisley launched what would’ve been a tying three pointer, but it was one of the Cavs 15 misses from beyond the arc.
Chillicothe was 3-of-18 from three point range while the Falcons hit 4-of-9. "The three ball, it's not going down... if you can't open it up, then you're gonna have to force the issue a little bit. You'd open it up (the inside game) if you hit some of those threes" added Meister.
Johnson led the Cavs with 16 points and Bolte had 10. Barr and Thomas Green had 15 each for Fairfield Union (2-2).
Chillicothe (0-5) will host Jackson Friday night at Hatton Gym. Jackson lost to Wellston 56-46.
NOTES: The Cavs won the Freshman and JV games. The JV's won in overtime. It was encouraging for Coach Meister who said "If you look at our Freshman bunch, they capitalized on some opportunities tonight and did a tremendous job. Our JV guys, they're the guys we're going against each day in practice, winning in overtime. There's some guys who are hungry, that are vying for some opportunities... and we've got some guys at the varsity level, they're getting challenged everyday and getting pushed. So, all we can do is keep geting more practice time and that's a positive."
Former Cavaliers Jalen Ragland and Ray Chambers had good nights for their college teams. Here are the recaps from the Associated Press.
Ragland had 17 points, Washburn 16 and Bohannon 15 for the Miners (3-4), who led by as many as 18 points in the second half. Bohannon also pulled down 10 rebounds and Jacques Streeter had seven assists for UTEP, which shot 52 percent from the field.
Connor Hill led Idaho (3-5) with 16 points.
The Miners pulled away with an 18-3 second-half run that gave them a 52-34 lead with 12:16 remaining. Washburn had nine points in the spurt, Bohannon added six and Ragland buried a 3-pointer to account for all of UTEP's scoring.
Idaho fought back and got within two points on two occasions, at 60-58 and 62-60. But Streeter hit a jumper with 32 seconds left and Washburn sank two free throws with 9 seconds remaining to secure the win.
TROY, Ala. (AP) -- Holton Hunsaker scored 32 points, including a tying 3-pointer near the end of the first overtime, to lead Utah Valley to an 86-82 double-overtime victory over Troy.
The Wolverines (5-6) also got double-figure scoring from Ben Aird (18 points, 11 rebounds), Jason Johnson (16 points) and Alfonzo Hubbard (11). It was Hubbard who followed Hunsaker's missed 3-pointer at the end of regulation and scored inside at the buzzer, tying it 66-66.
In the first overtime, Hunsaker atoned for that earlier miss with a tying 3-pointer to make it 73-all. In the second overtime, the score tied 79-79, Hubbard converted a 3-point play and Hunsaker drained the last of his five 3-pointers for an 85-79 cushion.
For Troy (4-6), six players, including all five starters, scored in double figures. Ray Chambers had 17 points.
The Cavs early season woes continued Friday night, slipping to 0-4 after a 55-46 loss to Logan at Hatton Gym.
After dropping a one point decision Thursday night, Chillicothe came out flat in their SEOAL opener.
The two clubs exchanged baskets early, but when the Cavs went cold, Logan got on a roll, closing out the first period on a 17-2 run for a 19-4 lead. It was the first game for the Chieftains after their regular season opener with Athens was postponed due to the Bulldogs’ run in the OHSAA Football Playoffs.
“I told the boys yesterday it was practice 24” said Logan coach John Helber, who said before the game, his team was chomping at the bit to see someone other than themselves on the court.
Cavs coach Drew Meister said in his postgame interview on WBEX, “I told the guys, I could’ve called time out, but I would’ve told you the same things I’ve said in the other times, we’re going to have to work through it”.
Logan finished the quarter hitting 7-of-11 shots to the Cavs’ 2-of-8.
The Chieftains remained steady through the second for a 30-16 halftime lead.
The Chillicothe then put together a run in the second half, forcing seven Logan turnovers in the third and converting them into points. Zach Johnson picked up 11 of his 28 points in the period as the Cavs whittled the Logan lead to 39-30.
The Cavs closed to within 49-45 on a pair of Tim Beard free throws completing a 29-19 second half run with two minutes to play.
“That’s just legs” said Meister, after his club had to make a similar run against Amanda Clearcreek the night before. Missed shots and turnovers helped create the whole the Cavs had found themselves in.
Logan’s Josh Mutzner led the Chieftains with 17 points, 15 in the first half. GavenJourdan added 14.
The Chieftains (1-0/1-0) will play Lancaster Monday while the Cavs (0-4/0-1) head to Fairfield Union Tuesday.
Amanda spoiled Chillicothe's home opener 48-47 Thursday night at Hatton Gym.
Down 41-25 to open the fourth quarter, the Cavs rallied for a 47-46 lead with 11 seconds left, but a foul late gave the Aces a trip to the line where Andrew Otto sank two free throws for the win.
Chillicothe had jumped out to a 16-10 lead after the first period, but the Aces outscored the Cavs in the middle quarters 31-9 for the 41-25 lead by the end of the third quarter.
The Cavs battled back with a 22 point effort in the final period, but came up short.
Zach Johnson and Adam Bixler scored 16 points apiece to lead Chillicothe. Tim Beard (8), Tommy Bolte (5) and Nolan Taylor (2) combined for another 15 points.
Amanda's Andrew Otto led all scorers with 23 points and Aron Thress added 20.
The Cavs (0-3) open SEOAL play Friday night with Logan at Hatton Gym. Coverage on 1490 WEBX and 92.7FM begins around 7:45pm.
Zone defense hasn’t been part of the Cavaliers arsenal the last seven seasons and it’s not something Coach Drew Meister wants to utilize very often, but Saturday it became necessary.
The Cavs slipped to 0-2 after their 59-43 loss to Brunswick in the consolation match of the inaugural Grove City Tip-Off Classic Saturday.
In his postgame interview Friday, Meister thought he might have to play zone to help save his players’ legs while playing back-to-back games and to make up for not having senior guard Adam Bixler who’s been nursing an ankle injury.
Chillicothe held the lead through most of the opening period, but Brunswick closed on a 10-0 run to take a 23-14 lead. Then the Devils held the Cavs scoreless until a Tommy Bolte layup with 2:12 left in the first half. By then, Brunswick built a 31-15 lead on an 18-0 run.
Trailing 33-19 at the half, the Cavs went to a 1-2-2 zone. Facing a much taller lineup, the zone gave Chillicothe some needed help on the defensive boards and created points off of turnovers in the back court. The Cavs scrapped their way back making 75% of their shots from the field to pull within five points at 37-32 score with 1:52 remaining in the third quarter. The Blue Devils rallied for a 46-36 lead.
Chillicothe made a final run with 5:27 left on Pierce Knisley’s three-pointer from the corner but the Cavs couldn’t keep up with Brunswick’s height on the baseline.
Zach Johnson led the Cavs with 19 points and Knisely had 14 for the double figure scorers for Chillicothe.
The Cavs home opener is Thursday with Amanda Clearcreek at Hatton Gymnasium. Coverage on 1490 WBEX and 92.7 FM begins around 7:45pm.
The Cavaliers had difficulty overcoming the numbers Grove City presented in the season opener for both teams Friday night.
The Greyhounds earned a 78-53 win to advance to the championship game of their inaugural Grove City Tip-Off Classic Saturday night against OCC foe, Westland.
“We had some depth issues” said Drew Meister following his first game at the helm of the Cavs Boys Basketball program. “We didn’t have that multi-dimensional offensive player against their defense, we needed that.”
Chillicothe was playing without senior guard Adam Bixler who’s nursing an ankle injury. His absence forced some of the younger Cavaliers to get some experience under fire.
The Cavs made a couple of runs to stay close in the first half. Chillicothe fell behind 15-9 but managed to tie the game, then trailed 29-18 only to rally back to 31-29 but watched the Greyhounds close out the half with a 42-33 deficit.
“Initially I thought we did a good job of that and we were very cognizant of what their (Grove City) mentality was.” But then, the Dawgs started to pull away.
Grove City dominated the middle quarters to outscoring Chillicothe 47-30 (21-16 in the 2nd and 26-14 in the 3rd).
Despite the loss, Meister said he was proud of his team’s coach-ability down the stretch of the game when the game was out of hand. “There’s a team right there in Grove City… those guys go to war for an extended period of time because they have those numbers and they demand it of each other.” In looking to the immediate future, Meister hopes his Cavaliers were paying attention, “when we begin to sniff that out and really buy into that, then you’re gonna see those similar ways at our level.”
Zach Johnson led all scorers with 28 points and Nolan Taylor added 11 points for Chillicothe.
The Cavs (0-1) will return to Grove City to face Brunswick (0-1) in the consolation match Saturday night at 6:00pm. The Blue Devils fell to Westland 61-57 in overtime in the opening match Friday. Hear the game following the Buckeyes on 1490 WBEX and 92.7 FM.
When they last met, Grove City came to Chillicothe and left the court at OU-C knowing a rising power was building in Ohio's First Capital.
It was the winter of 2006 and a Cavalier team which had knocked off Dublin Scioto had just sent their Ohio Capital Conference foe back to Grove City with a humbling 69-59 loss behind 39 points by sophomore Humpty Hitchens. It righted a double figure loss a few weeks earlier at GC.
History behind them, Greyhounds Coach Greg Waits is anxious to see the Cavaliers again. The two will meet in the nightcap of the inaugural Grove City Tip-Off Classic. Westland and Brunswick will open the Classic at 6:00pm.
"We have a very good group of kids, we're deep, we play about 10 kids which is a good thing for our style of play... and they work hard everyday."
Grove City and Chilllicothe will both have the same questions about there clubs heading into their first contest of the season.
Waits says "We got a talented team but how tough are we gonna be? If we're tough the way we hope we're gonna be tough we're gonna have a great season. But if we're not tough, then we could struggle at times."
The Grove City Greyhounds are coming off a 15-7 season and with four returning varsity players, there were many roster spots available for the junior varsity team which comiled a 19-1 record.
"We had a great group of JV kids... those kids have brought a lot of energy." And Waits credits his assistant coaches Jim Alman and Jim Raisor. "The did a really good job with them".
But the Dawgs' coach also knows Chillicothe will come to play and the one Cavalier who catches his eye is four year starter Zach Johnson. "We know Zach Johnson's a heck of a player for them and we've got our work cut out with him."
Coverage of the Cavs and Greyhounds begins around 7:45pm on 1490 WBEX now on 92.7 FM.
Click the icon to hear Dan Ramey's interview with Gary Waits. Greg Waits 2012
Drew Meister was hired last spring to guide a Cavs team which finished 2011-12 with a 16-8 mark.
Meister was faced with a team without the luxury of a big man following the graduation of Chillicothe’s all-time shot blocker MaLik London who’s now starring for the Grizzlies at Missouri State West Plains. The Cavs’ biggest body is senior Tim Beard at 6’ 3”. Returning to the floor is Zach Johnson, who’s beginning his fourth season in the Cavs lineup. Guard Adam Bixler will also be vital to the Cavs attack.
“This is a fun group to be around… they have a real fun way about them” says Meister. “I think that’s a great rapport to have especially early on with all the apprehension and uncertainty” with adapting to a new coach behind the whistle.
The night he was hired, Meister said he hoped to build upon the tradition and success built during the years under Coach Gary Kellough who retired after his Cavs were bounced from the Sweet 16 by St. Clairsville.
Coach Meister who enjoyed a good deal of success in five years of coaching Newark Catholic (74-47) hopes to instill work ethic and defensive discipline with the talent the Cavs will put on the court.
“We have a lot of natural instincts, but I think that we’ve got to supplement that with strong fundamentals”. Meister says most of the pre-season has been focused mostly on making sure the Cavaliers defensive-minded first and the offense will follow.
“Our roster is dotted with a lot of versatile guys, I call them ‘hybrids’, guys who can play many positions. A lot of times you don’t have to draw up a play for them to find their scoring opportunities” says Meister, adding those opportunities have been coming via their defensive play.
Chillicothe opens the season in the Grove City Classic on November 30th against the host Grove City Greyhounds. The Cavs will return to Grove City the following night to play either Westland or Brunswick. Meister’s team will also be making a road trip to New Philadelphia in late December to play in the Quaker Invitational. Chillicothe will face Millersburg West Holmes on December 28th and either Sugarcreek Garaway or New Philadelphia on the 29th. The Cavs’ home opener is with Amanda Clearcreek on December 6th and they’ll open their final season of play in the Southeast Ohio Athletic League on December 7th at Hatton Memorial Gymnasium with Logan.
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