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Panthers move on, give Davis 100 wins

Chesapeake’s Brandon Noble scores two of his 26 points Saturday against Peebles. The Panthers won the Division III district championship, 73-57.  Kent Sanborn   Southern Ohio Sports Photos

ATHENS — Win No. 100 at Chesapeake for Ryan Davis was the best one because it was the current one.

With Brandon Noble leading three players in double figures, the Panthers celebrated Davis’ milestone win by rolling past the Peebles Indians 73-57 to win the Division III district championship on Saturday at Ohio University.

Noble scored 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Panthers improved to 22-1 on the season and advanced to the regional semifinals at 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Ohio University.

“I just looked for the open shot,” said Noble.

Austin McMaster had 19 points, seven rebounds, two blocked shots and five steals while Javon Thompson scored 15 points on five 3-pointers.

“All of (our players) are capable of scoring. We’ve got that all season. We try to look for what’s good for us,” said Davis. “Usually we do a good job defensively. Peebles is a good ball club.”

Ironically, Davis was the head coach at Peebles in 2003 when the Indians beat the Panthers in the district semifinals.

“It’s been a really good five years,” said Davis.

Jacob Daniels led Peebles (17-6) with 24 points and eight rebounds.

The lead changed hands six times in the first quarter before the Panthers took the lead for good on a 3-pointer by Eric Kennedy with 3:17 on the clock. Thompson’s triple and a steal and layup by McMaster just before the end of the quarter gave the Panthers a 19-11 lead.

McMaster turned another steal into a layup with 5:48 left in the half that gave the Panthers their largest lead of the half at 30-15

Peebles got within 34-23 on a layup by Mason Johnson, but a trifecta by Thompson — his fourth of the half — and yet another steal and layup by McMaster helped the Panthers to a 39-25 halftime lead.

Chesapeake was 15 of 32 from the field in the first half including 7 of 13 from behind the arc.

Peebles made a run in the third quarter and got within 42-39 with 3:21 on the clock when Daniels converted a 3-point play.

But the Panthers closed the quarter with a 6-0 run including a steal and layup by Noble with 30 seconds left and it ws 55-41.

Noble had a 3-point play to begin the fourth quarter and another steal and layup by McMaster made it 60-43.

Chesapeake enjoyed its biggest lead at 71-53 on a foul shot by Noble with 2:43 left.

 

Peebles 11 14 16 16 = 57

Chesapeake 19 20 16 18 = 73

 

PEEBLES (17-5): Matthew McAdow 2 0 0-1 4, Beau Justice 1 2 0-0 8, Josh Chandler 2 0 1-4 5, Trent Arey 4 0 1-1 9, Jacob Daniels 10 0 4-7 24, Mason Johnson 2 0 1-2 5, Tyler Porter 0 0 0-0 0, Tyler Gray 1 0 0-0 2, Adam King 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24-54 7-14 = 57. 3-point goals: 2-9. Rebounds: 10-21=31 (Daniels 8, Arey 7, Chandler 6). Team rebounds: 2. Assists: 14 (Arey 5McAdow 3, Justice 3). Steals: 6 (McAdow 2). Turnovers: 15. Blocked shots: 4 (Daniels 4). Fouls: 13. Fouled out: None.

CHESAPEAKE (21-1): Patrick Hintz 2 0 2-2 6, Eric Kennedy 1 1 2-2 7, Brandon Noble 9 2 2-3 26, Jaron Thompson 0 5 0-0 15, Austin McMaster 8 0 3-3 19, Chad Meadows 0 0 0-0 0, Mikey Walters 0 0 0-0 0, Taylor Banaei 0 0 0-0 0, Caleb Lindsey 0 0 0-0 0, Austin Carpenter 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 28-57 9-10 73. 3-point goals: 8-17. Rebounds: 8-24=32 (Noble 8, Kennedy 7, McMaster 7). Team rebounds: 3. Assists: 12 (Hintz 5, Noble 3). Steals: 8 (McMaster 5). Turnovers: 13. Blocked shots: 4 (McMaster 2). Fouls: 12. Fouled out: None.