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Ironton breezes by Stivers

By JIM WALKER

Tribune Sports Editor

WELLSTON — What a difference a day makes.

In a 50-45 loss to John Glenn on Saturday at the Wellston National Hoops Classic, Ironton bounced back on Sunday with a better offensive team effort in a 70-55 rout of the Dayton Stivers Tigers.

Trey Fletcher had a big game with 20 points and 14 rebounds for Ironton (6-3). Zac Carter scored 13 points while Travis Elliott had 13 points and nine rebounds.

After having just four players score against John Glenn, Ironton had eight difference players in the scoring column.

“We did a little better job today. We had a little more intensity and we played well as a team,” said Ironton coach Mark LaFon.

“We rely on Carter and Fletcher to score, but we need to have more contributions offensively from other players. We have to keep defenses honest and we’re starting to understand that.”

Stivers (3-6) was led by Brooklyn Bradley with 14 points. Darryl Smith added 13 and Robert Caldwell 12.

Fletcher and Elliott did most of the offensive damage in the first quarter as the combined for 10 points as Ironton jumped on Stivers 13-3.

A layup by Josh Murphy gave Ironton a 20-10 lead with 5:30 left in the second quarter.

Leading 20-12, Ironton went on an 8-2 run to take a 28-14 lead with 2:11 on the clock.

Fletcher’s foul shot just before the end of the half put Ironton up 31-17 at the break.

The Fighting Tigers continued to pull away in the third quarter as Fletcher and Carter scored six points each.

Carter hit two foul shots with 50 seconds on the clock and Malcolm Morton’s basket 30 seconds later opened up a 51-30 cushion at the end of the third quarter.

Ironton led 62-36 midway through the fourth quarter when LaFon emptied his bench.

Tanner Schweickart scored four points and Geoff Delawder had a basket to help set the final score.

Ironton 13 18 20 19 = 70

Stivers 3 14 13 25 = 55

IRONTON (6-3): Malcolm Morton 1 1 2-2 7, Travis Elliott 6 0 1-2 13, Zac Carter 3 1 4-4 13, Josh Murphy 1 0 1-2 3, Trey Fletcher 8 1 1-2 20, Nick Culbertson 2 0 0-0 4, Josh Glover 0 0 0-0 0, Geoff Delawder 1 0 0-0 2, Tanner Schweickart 2 0 0-0 4, Nolan Johnson 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 29-65 9-12 70. Fouls: 12. Fouled out: None. 3-point goals: 3-8. Rebounds: 23 offense, 18 defense = 41 (Fletcher 14, Elliott 9, Murphy 6, Morton 5). Assists: 14 (Carter 4, Morton 3). Steals: 7 (Elliott 2, Glover 2). Turnovers: 13.

DAYTON STIVERS (3-6): Evan Young 2 0 0-0 4, Ronald Frost 0 0 0-0 0, Darryl Smith 1 3 2-2 13, Raishon Williams 0 0 0-0 0, Evan Wyatt 0 0 0-0 0, Brooklyn Bradley 3 1 5-8 14, Dwight McKinney 2 0 0-0 4, Khristopher Toney 3 0 2-3 8, Robert Caldwell 0 4 0-0 12. Totals: 19-57 9-13 55. Fouls: 17. Fouled out: Williams (3rd 3:18. 3-point goals: 8-18. Rebounds: 12 offense, 13 defense = 25 (Bradley 7, Williams 4, Toney 4). Assists: 9 (four with 2). Steals: 5 (Bradley 4). Turnovers: 15.