return falls short |  Daily Standard Stories

return falls short | Daily Standard Stories

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Coldwater’s offense struggles while Kenton hangs on to win

by Gary R. Rasberry

Photo by Nick Winning/The Daily Standard

Coldwater’s Brady Layfield (24) and Mason Welch (33) came up with the punt during Friday’s boys’ basketball game against Kenton at the Minors. The Cavaliers tried to rally in the fourth quarter, but Kenton came away with a 50-45 win.

Coldwater – The third quarter was not kind to Coldwater.

The Cavalier offense went steady as Kenton pulled off his first-half scoring drive in the third quarter alone and looked poised to make it a tough evening for the Cavaliers.

A fourth quarter comeback allowed Coldwater to come back up by two points, but Kenton hit free throws up the stretch for a 50-45 win Friday Night at the minors.

Coldwater had a solid defensive effort, holding Kenton to 15 points in the first half while struggling a bit on offense per se with the Cavaliers leading 17-15 at halftime.

But in the third quarter, Kenton found a spark. Ethan Yoder tied the game at 17 minutes two minutes into the second period, resulting in a 10-0 lead. Colby Quay and Yoder provided the bulk of the points in the race as the Wildcats took a 25-17 lead as Coldwater coach Nick Fisher called a timeout. When the horn sounded at the end of the third quarter, Kenton was leading 33-20 thanks to an 18-3 run.

“I thought we got really solid offensively,” Fisher said. “Some of it was acknowledging and getting enough reps in some of the offensive combos we’re running. He (Kenton) got us on our heels, forced bad passes and turned the ball over. They also hit some big shots.”

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Justin Kaup (23) of Coldwater hits a shot against Kenton during Friday’s game at The Palace.

The Cavaliers needed a spark in the fourth quarter, and got it right away from Mason Welch, who hit a 3-pointer, 2-pointer, and 2 free throws on the Cavaliers’ first three possessions in the final segment. That helped the Cavaliers begin to work their way up to the Kenton leadership. Welch’s bucket with 2:29 remaining made it 41-39.

After a Wildcat turnover, Baylen Blockberger knocked down a pair of free throws to get Coldwater within two at 41-39 with 2:21 to play.

“It’s a growing pains. Guys playing together who’ve never played together before, plus some injuries,” Fisher said. “Mason’s effort was massive. I thought Justin Kaupe did a good job on the boards and did a good job defensively. Curtis Doerr did a good job defensively. There are a lot of positives.”

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Coldwater’s Baylen Blockberger (0) tries to get around the Kenton defender.

The Wildcats used the foul line to push their margin of lead into a comfortable range. Yoder Dawson Miller and Tyson Lawrence combined to go 9-of-12 from the strip charity over the final 2:06 of the game to keep the Cavaliers at bay.

“Defensively, I was proud of our effort all night,” Fisher said. “We just need to try to clean up some things in an offensive way.”

Welch finished with 17 points before losing at the end of the fourth quarter. Kaup and Blade Buschur each finished with seven points as Kaup pulled down 16 rebounds.

Yoder led Kenton (1-1) with 21 points.

Coldwater (0-1) will be looking to get their first win today as the Cavaliers travel to Shelby County to take on Jackson Center as part of the Junior/JV/Varness Triple Headers.

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