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Panthers rally by Dragons

PROCTORVILLE — There wasn’t any secret to how the Chesapeake Panthers turned the game around.

Panthers’ coach Ryan Davis didn’t unveil any special strategy as his team beat the Fairland Dragons 67-55 Friday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.

Chesapeake fell behind 24-12 in the first quarter but rebounded in the second quarter by outscoring the Dragons 23-9 to take a 35-33 lead.

“We started off slowly again. Nothing went well. Everything seemed to be going so slow,” said Davis.

“(In the second quarter) we started to play a little better. It was nothing major, we just played better.”

The Panthers’ Austin McMaster and Colton Lindsey couldn’t have shot much better. McMaster made 10-of-14 field goal attempts as he scored 23 points. Lindsey — who filled in for the foul-plagued Colin Kennedy — was 5-of-5 from the field and scored 10 points.

Nathan Copley was also in double figures for the Panthers with 14 points.

Chesapeake’s defense limited Fairland to 9 points in the third quarter as they extended the lead to 49-42.

The Panthers built a 9-point lead in the fourth quarter before Matt Bloomfield scored with 7:04 left to get Fairland within 49-46. But Chesapeake went on a 6-0 run and the Dragons could never get any closer.

Chad Fisher led three Dragons in double figures with 17 points. Bloomfield scored 13 and Jon Baise added 10.

Chesapeake 12 25 14 18 = 67

Fairland 24 9 9 13 = 55

CHESAPEAKE (13-3, 8-0): Peter Hintz 3 0 2-4 8, Nathan Copley 4 2 0-0 14, Colton Lindsey 5 0 0-1 10, Austin McMaster 9 1 2-2 23, Trent Saunders 3 0 0-0 6, Colin Kennedy 3 0 0-0 6. Totals: 27 3 4-7 67. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: Kennedy. Rebounds: 10 offense, 22 defense = 32 (Saunders 10, Copley 7, McMaster 5, Kennedy 5). Assists: 15 (Hintz 6, Copley 4). Blocked shots: Kennedy 4. Turnovers: 11.

FAIRLAND (8-8, 3-5): Jon Baise 2 2 0-0 10, Matt Bloomfield 6 0 1-2 13, Chad Fisher 3 2 5-6 17, Jonathan Holbrook 2 1 0-0 7, Evan Salyers 2 0 0-0 4, Matt Campbell 2 0 0-0 4. Totals: 17 5 6-8 55. Fouls: 10. Fouled out: None. Rebounds: 16 offense, 15 defense = 31.