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Early surge vaults Flyers to easy win

St. Joseph’s J.C. Damron (25) and Jimmy Mahlmeister (center) battle Portsmouth Notre Dame’s Caleb Nichols (3) for a rebound. (Kent Sanborn/Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

SCIOTOVILLE — The St. Joseph Flyers got their work done early.
The Flyers first group built a 28-point halftime lead and let the backups handle most of the playing time in the second half en route to a 76-43 Southern Ohio Conference win over the Sciotoville East Tartans on Saturday.
St. Joseph (12-4, 8-3) six different players make 3-point goals as they made nine for the game.
Zach Roach scored 18 points, Ryan Payne 14 and J.C. Damron 13 to lead a balanced offense for the Flyers that saw 13 different players score.
Austin Smith scored 10 points for East (0-15, 0-10).
Payne hit a 3-pointer and scored 9 points while Damron and Jackson Rowe added 6 points each to give the Flyers a 23-5 first quarter lead.
Roach took over in the second quarter as he drained a pair of triples and scored 10 points while Payne got 5 more and Damron scored 4 to give the Flyers a 49-21 cushion at the half.
Smith had had half of East’s 16 points in the second quarter including 4-of-5 from the foul line.
Roach hit two quick 3-pointers and Matthew Sheridan and Damron one each in the third quarter and Barnes began to substitute freely as the lead grew to 67-30.
Will Whaley and Elijah Rowe each knocked down trifectas in the fourth quarter for the Flyers.
Landehn Pernell scored 4 points in the quarter for East.
St. Joseph plays at Rose Hill on Tuesday in a girls/boys’ doubleheader.
St. Joseph 23 26 18 9 = 76
Sciotoville 5 16 9 13 = 43
ST. JOSEPH (12-4, 8-3): Jackson Rowe 2 0 2-2 6, Will Whaley 0 1 0-0 3, Elijah Rowe 0 1 0-2 3, Dru Canter 0 0 0-0 0, Matthew Sheridan 1 1 0-0 5, Zach Roach 2 4 2-2 18, Andrew White 0 0 1-2 1, Bryce Balestra 1 0 0-0 2, Ryan Payne 5 1 1-1 14, J.C. Damron 4 1 2-2 13, Jared Johnson 1 0 2-2 4, Michael Mahlmeister 0 0 0-0 0, Jimmy Mahlmeister 0 0 1-2 1, Max Weber 1 0 0-0 2, Jacob Salisbury 2 0 0-0 4. Totals: 19 9 11-15 76. Fouls: 9. Fouled out: None.
SCIOTOVILLE EAST (0-15, 0-10): Hagen Metzler 2 0 2-4 6, Austin Baughman 1 0 0-0 2, Chase Coyle 2 0 0-0 4, Levi Justice 0 1 0-0 3, Kyle Winston 0 0 0-0 0, Andrew Pyles 3 0 0-0 6, Landehn Pernell 3 0 2-2 8, Bryson Ramirez 2 0 0-0 4, Austin Smith 3 0 4-5 10, Noah Stiltner 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 1 8-11 43. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: None.