Hot-shooting Green breezes to victory

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 2, 2000

It’s a simple game.

Wednesday, February 02, 2000

It’s a simple game. Put the ball in the basket more than the other team and you win. That’s just what the Green Bobcats did as they beat the Ironton Fighting Tigers 67-45 Tuesday.

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Green (13-2) hit a blistering 25 of 47 from the field for 53.2 percent compared to Ironton’s 18 of 54, just 33 percent.

"When we shoot it, we’re pretty good," Green coach Kevin Lewis said.

Shooting it for the Bobcats were Michael Riffe and Chris Williams. Riffe scored 21 points as he hit 7 of 10 shots and Williams had 20 on 8 of 11 shooting including 4 of 5 from 3-point range.

Adding to the offense was Kyle Dyer with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Alex Poe added nine points and eight rebounds.

"We’re getting contribution from everyone," said Lewis. "The reason we’re successful is because everyone understands their role. They don’t care about who’s scoring, only about winning and losing. That’s why it’s such a pleasure to coach this team."

Ironton (4-9) was led by Jason Harmon and Drew Mains with 11 points each while Isaac Hannon scored 10.

Harmon also had eight rebounds, four steals, and three assists.

The Fighting Tigers forced Green into 16 turnovers, but the inability to put the ball in the basket proved to be their downfall.

"We had open looks all night and just couldn’t put the ball in the basket," Ironton coach Chris Barnes said. "They shot the ball well and we didn’t and that was the difference."

Ironton opened the game with a 6-0 run and led 12-8 at the end of the quarter. Still, the Fighting Tigers were a mere 4 of 14 from the field.

"We had a chance the first quarter to take a 15- to 20-point lead and couldn’t do it," said Barnes. "We didn’t put them away early and they started to see they could play with us and you could see their confidence rise."

The Fighting Tigers were up 17-10 with 5:41 to go in the half on a 19-footer by Hannon. But Green rallied behind Williams and Riffe to go on a 9-1 run and lead 19-18 when Williams nailed a 12-footer at the 3:44 mark.

A tip-in by Harmon gave Ironton its last lead at 22-21, and then Dyer and Poe followed up missed shots, and Poe sank a foul shot for a 26-22 lead. Jimmy Peyton’s layup with 38 seconds left got Ironton within 26-24 at the break.

The pivotal third quarter saw Green outscore Ironton 25-6 as the Bobcats hit 8 of 11 shots, 4 of 4 from 3-point range.

An 8-footer by Mains had Ironton down 37-28 with 5:11 on the clock, but Green went on a 14-2 run to end the quarter and the lead was 51-30.

The Bobcats led by as many as 25 the fourth quarter and the closest Ironton got was 57-38 on a layup by Mains with 4:42 to play.

On Friday, Ironton hosts Portsmouth while Green entertains New Boston in a key Southern Ohio Conference game.