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Hornets’ offense too much for Mustangs

Coal Grove Hornets’ senior forward Brandon Adkins (15) makes a scoop layup as he scores two of his 15 points in Friday’s game against Raceland in the Dr. Paulus Classic.  The Hornets came back to beat Maple Heights on Saturday. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Coal Grove Hornets’ senior forward Brandon Adkins (15) makes a scoop layup as he scores two of his 15 points in Friday’s game against Raceland in the Dr. Paulus Classic. The Hornets came back to beat Maple Heights on Saturday. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

 

COAL GROVE — Forget the fireworks. The Coal Grove Hornets’ offense was the most explosive thing in the second half on Saturday.

Travis Carey scored 22 points — 18 on the second half — including four 3-pointers while Brandon Adkins and Isaiah Gunther had 12 points each to lead the Hornets to a 62-52 win over the Maple Heights Mustangs in the Dr. Paulus Heart of Champions Classic.

Coal Grove (2-5) trailed by 10 points at the half but roared back in the second half to outscore Maple Heights 45-25.

Maple Heights jumped out to a 17-7 first quarter lead and each team scored 10 points in the second quarter and it was 27-17 at the half.

But the Hornets held the Mustangs to 6 points and Carey and Adkins had 4 points each as Coal Grove rallied to go up 35-33 at the end of the third quarter.

Carey got hot in the fourth quarter as he scored 14 points including four straight 3-pointers and the Hornets converted 8 of 13 from the foul line to outscore the Mustangs 27-19.

Joe Schmook had 15 points — all on 3-pointers — and Maurice Wilson 11 points to lead the Mustangs.

Coal Grove will host St. Joseph on Tuesday, Jan. 6.

Maple Heights 17 10 6 19 = 52

Coal Grove 7 10 18 27 = 62

MAPLE HEIGHTS: Tyree Harris 1 1 0-1 5, Maurice Wilson 4 0 3-5 11, Laquan Taylor 1 0 0-0 2, Alfonse Hale 1 0 2-2 4, Kierre Hawkins 3 0 0-0 6, Armond Brown 0 0 0-0 0, Lawrence Sumbry 0 0 0-0 0, Javonte Richardson 3 0 1-1 7, Andre McMurray 1 0 0-0 2, Joe Schmook 0 5 0-1 15, Toerry McKay 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 14 6 6-10 52. Fouls: 23. Fouled out: None.

COAL GROVE (2-5): Travis Carey 5 4 0-0 22, Jordan Lucas 0 0 0-0 0, Cole Gannon 0 0 0-0 0, Isaac Fields 0 0 1-2 1, Jonathon Joseph 1 0 1-1 3, Sam Angelo 0 0 0-0 0, Sean Paulus 2 0 2-5 6, Isaiah Gunther 0 2 6-7 12, Brandon Adkins 5 0 2-4 12, Joe Akers 1 0 0-0 2, Daniel Rutherford 0 0 0-1 0, Austen Pleasants 2 0 0-0 4, Jacob Pierce 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 6 12-20 62. Fouls: 13. Fouled out: None.