Linsly tops Harrison Central in Buckeye 8 Challenge final | News, Sports, Work

ON THE LINE — Harrison Central’s Mykel Quito attempts a free throw during Saturday’s game. — Nick Henthorne

CADIZ — The Linsly Cadets triumphed in Saturday’s Buckeye 8 Challenge game against the host Harrison Central Huskies, 77-44, in a two-way effort led by senior point guard Will Taylor.

Taylor, named the game’s MVP, scored 24 points on 9/12 shooting on the day and earned five defensive steals. He added two rebounds and three assists.

“I know everybody’s going to look at the 24 points, but he’s really matured into a really solid point guard,” Linsly head coach Dave Wojcik said. “I’m asking him to guard their best defensive player as well.” He does a great job overcoming ball barriers, pressing the ball.

“He just does a really good job on both ends of the court, maybe even more defensively than offensively. He’s shooting the layup a lot better, he’s shooting the 3 better and he’s been working on that over the summer and it’s paying dividends.”

Linsly pressured the Huskies from the opening end, applying a full-court press and going all the way to the logo to pressure the Hillmen in the half court. While that style led to some fouls, it also kept Harrison Central off balance and limited their offense.

“Our mindset was just to be aggressive, try to wear them down and get after them early.” Wojcik said. “Press the ball and make them play under pressure and I thought our kids did a good job of that early in the game.”

Mykel Quito scored seven points in the first quarter for the Huskies, but Harrison scored a team-high nine points and Linsly built a 19-9 lead entering quarter No. 2.

Taylor’s 3-pointer put the Cadets up 29-14 in the second half, but the Huskies clawed their way back into the game, tightening up their possessions while Linsley’s own game got a little looser. Quito made a pass, cutting to the basket for a lay-in at the 3:00 mark that pushed the lead back to 10, 31-21, the closest Harrison had come since the quarter began.

The Cadets led 35-23 at halftime.

D’Arrae Goodwin scored 11 of his 13 in the first half, making shots from every area of ​​the court. The senior made three shots from inside — including a dunk in the fourth quarter — two long 2s and one 3-pointer in the game.

Goodwin also grabbed a game-high six rebounds with four steals and a block.

The Huskies got it within single digits a minute into the third quarter, 35-27, but it was all Linsley from there. Taylor, Luca Ketzman and Jonah Weisbach hit 3-pointers in the third quarter as the Cadets clamped down on defense and doubled their lead to 20 points in the fourth, where the deficit only grew.

“I thought we were a little bit more efficient with passing, sharing the ball,” Wojciech said of his team’s second half. “We have some depth, so I thought our depth got us in the second half, but we didn’t get it in the first half. They came back in the second half, made some shots, made some plays.”

Uros Petrusic had eight points for Linsley, while Luka Ketzman added seven. Petrusic and Naseef Lubowa each had two slam dunks on Saturday.

Jonah Weisbach had five assists for the Cadets.

Quito had 16 points and Hayden Cassidy had 15 for Harrison Central.

Linsley next meets Fairland on Dec. 21 at Ironton High School. Harrison Central travels to face Union Local on December 19th.

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