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Coal Grove holds off Chesapeake

Coal Grove Hornets’ Alijah Roman (32) applies defensive pressure against Chesapeake Panthers’ Austin Jackson (12) during Tuesday’s game. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

COAL GROVE — If anything, the Coal Grove Hornets like to make their games exciting.
The Hornets were coming off an upset of previously unbeaten Oak Hill on Saturday and found themselves in a battle with the upset-minded Chesapeake Panthers on Tuesday.
Coal Grove held just a one-point lead after three quarters but came up clutch in the fourth quarter in a 60-53 Ohio Valley Conference win.
Coal Grove (13-4, 8-3) had three players in double figures. Cordy Borders hit four 3-point goals and scored 14 points, Sam Angelo had 12 points including two 3-pointers and Jeb Jones scored 10 points. Jordan Case added nine.
Chesapeake (5-14, 3-9) got a game-high 22 points from Eli Archer while Cole Mills scored 16 points.
Case made a free throw and then hit a basket to put the Hornets up 42-38 to start the fourth quarter. Borders followed with a 3-pointer before Archer scored and it was 45-40.
Aaron Music converted a three-point play and Case hit a basket to open up a 50-41 lead.
Mills and Archer scored only to have Case and Alijah Roman hit baskets for a 54-45 lead.
Two foul shots by Roman had the lead at 57-49 when Archer score, but Roman made another foul shot.
Archer scored and it was 58-53 but Jones hit a pair of foul shots to seal the outcome.
Archer scored eight points in the first quarter to offset two 3-pointers by Borders and one by Angelo as the Panthers took a 16-13 lead.
But Chesapeake got just four points in the second quarter and the Hornets went on a 15-2 run to end the half and led 29-20.
Chesapeake got within 39-38 at the end of the third quarter.
Jones scored for a 39-32 lead but Mills, Kamren Harless and Archer all scored to close the quarter on a 6-0 run.
On Friday, Coal Grove visits Ironton and Chesapeake hosts Fairland.
Chesapeake    16    4    18    15    =    53
Coal Grove    13    16    10    21    =    60
CHESAPEAKE (5-14, 3-9): Tylan Hutchison 2 0 2-2 6, Cole Mills 6 1 1-3 16, Logan Walsh 0 0 0- 00, Austin Jackson 2 0 0-1 4, Christian Layne 0 0 0-0 0, Eli Archer 11 0 0-0 22, Kamren Harless 1 0 3-4 5. Totals: 22 1 6-10 53. Fouls: 14. Fouled out: Hutchison.
COAL GROVE (13-4, 8-3): Aaron Music 2 0 4-6 8, Cory Borders 1 4 0-0 14, Jordan Case 3 0 3-6 9, Jeb Jones 4 0 2-2 10, Nate Harmon 1 0 0-0 2, Jalen McKenzie 0 0 0-0 0, Sam Angelo 3 2 0-0 12, Alijah Roman 1 0 3-4 5. Totals: 15 6 12-18 60. Fouls: 14. Fouled out: None.