RACINE, Ohio — Defense and rebounding will win a lot of games.
The Southern boys basketball team pulled down 41 rebounds and had 17 steals Friday night en route to a 60-31 victory over visiting archrival Eastern, in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup.
Southern (2-0, 1-0 TVC Hocking) jumped out to a 13-7 lead after the opening quarter, and stretched the lead to 16 points by halftime with a 20-to-10 second quarter. The Tornado defense shutdown Eastern (0-2, 0-1) in the third period, as Southern outscored the Green and Gold 17-to-5. Both teams marked nine points in the final period and the Purple and Gold cruised to a 60-31 victory.
Junior guard Tristen Wolfe paced the Tornadoes with 15 points, followed by Jack Lemley with 12 and Zac Beegle with 10. Dennis Teaford chipped in with eight points, Trenton Deem added seven, while Bradley McCoy added five and Taylor McNickle had three.
Lemley had a team-high seven rebounds, followed by Beegle, Wolfe and Casey Pickens with five each. Wolfe and Deem each had three steals to lead Southern, while Wolfe had a Tornado-best five steals. Deem and Beegle added four steals each on the defensive end.
Southern shot 20-of-50 (40 percent) from the field, including 3-of-6 (50 percent) from beyond the arc. SHS connected on 16-of-26 attempts from the free throw line for just over 61 percent. Wolfe, Deem and McNickle each accounted for one triple in the win.
Christian Speelman led the Eagles with eight points, followed by Daschle Facemyer with seven. Chase Cook, Cameron Richmond and Andrew Stobert each marked four points, while Jett Facemyer and Dylan Swatzel both finished with two points for Eastern.
The Eagles shot 12-of-20 from the free-throw line for 60 percent, while Stobert made Eastern’s lone three-pointer. No more statistical information for EHS was made available by presstime.
These teams will meet again February 14 in the regular season finale in Tuppers Plains.