NELSONVILLE, Ohio — The Southern boys basketball team was stymied by non-conference host Nelsonville-York Saturday night, ending the Tornadoes four-game winning streak with a 59-45 decision favoring the Buckeyes.
The Tornadoes (13-4) and Buckeyes (11-8) battled to a 13-13 stalemate at the end of the opening stanza but the Orange and Brown cranked up the offense to take the 31-25 advantage at halftime.
Southern was held to just one field goal in the third period and NYHS extended its lead to eight points headed into the finale. The Buckeyes closed the game on a 19-to-13 run, sealing the 59-45 victory.
The Tornadoes were led by Taylor McNickle with 16 points and Tristen Wolfe with 13. Dennis Teaford and Chandler Drummer each had four points, Casey Pickens marked three, Bradley McCoy and Zac Beegle both added two, while Trenton Deem rounded out the SHS scoring with one point. The Purple and Gold were 11-of-16 (68.8 percent) from the free throw line in the setback.
NYHS was led by Colt Adams with 19 points and Cannon Kilbarger with 18. Jay Elliott added 10 points, Jeremy Warren had nine, Josh Fayette marked two and Wade Lent rounded out the Buckeye scoring with one point. NYHS was 12-of-23 (52.2 percent) from the free throw line.
Southern’s loss is just the second non-league setback of the season and the Tornadoes fall to 1-2 against TVC Ohio teams. The Buckeyes, who have won three out of their last four games, are now 5-0 against TVC Hocking counterparts this season.