LEES CREEK — Jacob Gannon and Josh Wilson each posted double-doubles as Cedarville powered past East Clinton, 68-54, spoiling Senior Night festivities Wednesday for the home team.
Eight members of the senior class were honored before playing their final game at home as Astros. However, it was visiting Cedarville that came out of the gates with a spark, building a 9-point lead just barely 4 minutes into the game and the Indians would never trail.
Gannon provided Cedarville with most of its firepower, putting in 23 points and grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds. Gannon did most of his damage in the first three quarters (21 points), so Wilson closed things out in the fourth for the Indians. Wilson scored 9 of his 15 points in the final frame to go along with 12 boards to complete his double-double.
Trailing by 9 at halftime, East Clinton started the second half strong, cutting into the Cedarville lead. A Jonny Blair 3-pointer, followed by a Griffin Campbell steal and bucket helped EC claw back to within 39-34 with 3 minutes left in the third quarter. However, Wilson helped make sure the Astros would get no closer as he converted an and-1 to help spark a 7-0 Cedarville spurt to close the third. The Indians regained a manageable 46-37 entering the final frame and East Clinton never drew closer.
Nick Christman complimented the double-doubles by Gannon and Wilson with 11 points of his own. Alex Zaage scored 6 of his 7 points in the fourth quarter, while Mason Cross chipped in with 6 of his 7 in the opening frame.
Cedarville’s starting 5 dominated the game, out scoring East Clinton’s starters, 63-34.
On EC’s side, Blair led the way with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Wyatt Floyd scored 8 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, while Campbell and T.J. McCarren each came off the bench to score 7.
East Clinton now enters the postseason with a sectional tournament game scheduled for Friday night. The Astros are set to battle North College Hill at Western Brown High School. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
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