UTICA — Right now, the Utica Redskins would probably like to have the first ten minutes of Tuesday’s boys basketball game back.
The Licking Heights Hornets jumped on the Redskins for a dozen points and a 12-2 lead, going on to a 43-29 victory in their Licking County League game at Utica High School.
“It was the first part of the first half,” said Utica coach Brian Radabaugh. “Then, it was also the first part of the third quarter. It seems that just killed us.”
Licking Heights center Babe Murphy (20 points) grabbed four first-quarter rebounds and scored five points in the Hornets’ opening burst. Teammates Blake Beaver and Martell Davis also got a steal and scored.
“It was a game based on effort,” said Licking Heights coach Nathan Clark. “I think both teams really came out and scrapped. There were a lot of loose balls and a lot of offensive rebounding. It was physical in the paint with the guys going at it.”
Licking Heights (6-5, 5-4 LCL) grabbed 21 offensive rebounds for the game.
It wasn’t until two minutes were gone in the second quarter that Utica (1-11, 0-10 LCL) came alive. Guard Colin Bates landed a 3-pointer to get things going.
“Colin is probably our most improved player,” said Radabaugh. “He has come a long way and hit a lot of big shots for us. He has become a consistent second or third scorer for us.”
That was followed by a Josh Dassylva score off a steal. He finished the game with five points.
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