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Panthers crush Eagles in sectional, 67-26

Chesapeake Panthers’ Eli Archer (right) drives the baseline and he goes in to score during Tuesday’s Division III sectional tournament game against the Belpre Eagles. The Panthers routed Belpre 67-26 to reach Saturday’s sectional finals. (Photo Courtesy of Tim Gearhart)

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

JACKSON — That was an example of a dominating performance.
The Chesapeake Panthers built a 28-point halftime lead and cruised past the Belpre Eagles 67-26 on Tuesday in the Division III sectional tournament.
Chesapeake plays Beaver Eastern at 6 p.m. Saturday in the sectional finals. Eastern beat Wellston 63-38.
The Panthers (14-9) had nine players in the scoring column with three in double digits.
Tylan Hutchison had 14 points, Levi Blankenship scored 12 and Nathan Cox added 10 points.
Collin Alloway led Belpre (11-12) with seven points.
It didn’t take long for the Panthers to take control as they jumped out to an 18-3 lead.
Hutchison scored six points, Eli Archer four, and Nathan Cox and Josh Cox each hit 3-pointers. Nathan Cox also had a basket for five points.
Chesapeake put up another 18 points in the second quarter to stretch its lead to a comfortable 36-8 halftime cushion.
Nathan Cox had another triple and basket for five points in the quarter, Blankenship hit a trey and two foul shots and Archer had four more points.
The Panthers extended their lead to 56-19 after three quarters.
Hutchison had six more points, Austin Jackson got five and Blankenship added four.
Five different plays had baskets in Belpre’s most productive quarter.
Belpre 3 5 11 7 = 26
Chesapeake 18 18 20 11 = 67
BELPRE (11-12): Evan Wells 0 0 0-0 0, Chase Dougherty 0 1 0-0 3, Jordan Harrington 0 0 0-0 0, Eric Dotson 0 1 0-0 3, Logan Adams 1 0 12- 3, Will Frick 0 0 0-0 0, Tyree Church 0 0 0-0 0, Dylan Cox 0 0 0-0 0, Connor Baker 2 0 0-0 4, Jerimiah Stitt 1 0 0-0 2, Nick Godfrey 2 0 0-2 4, Collin Alloway 2 0 1-1 7. Totals: 9 2 2-5 26. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: None.
CHESAPEAKE (14-9): Travis Grim 2 0 0-0 4, Nathan Cox 2 2 0-0 10, Levi Blankenship 2 1 5-5 12, Zander Schmidt 0 0 2-3 2, Austin Jackson 3 0 1-3 7, Josh Cox 1 1 0-0 5, Trent Dearth 2 0 1-2 5, Tylan Hutchison 7 0 0-0 14, Jacob Lemley 0 0 0-0 0, Eli Archer 4 0 0-2 8. Totals: 23 4 9-15 67. Fouls: 10. Fouled out: None.