CENTERBURG — After trailing in the second quarter, the Centerburg Trojans seized control of the boards in the third quarter, grabbing 10 in a 21-6 point run.
That was all the Trojans needed to defeat the visiting Ridgedale Rockets, 81-59, in their Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference basketball matchup on Tuesday. With the win, the Trojans remain undefeated in the MOAC at 7-0 and raise their overall season record to 11-4.
“I think we started a little bit slow and give Ridgedale credit, they play hard and shoot the ball well,” said Centerburg coach John Marhefka. “It was going to be a tough one and we were able to get ourselves going in the third quarter.”
Centerburg’s slow start was a series of turnovers and fouls that culminated with a 3-pointer from Ridgedale’s Nate Gordon (19 points) that gave his team a 23-13 lead early in the second quarter. Luke Ervin came right back with a 3-pointer for the Trojans. Gordon hit another one, but Colton Long landed a 3 for Centerburg to help his team creep to within seven points of the lead, 26-19, with 5:40 to go in the half.
Long had 18 points to raise his season total to 112. Ervin dropped in six points, giving him 73 points for the season, including 18-of-36 from 3-point range to lead all area shooters.
Long hit another 3-pointer to close the gap to 30-26 midway through the second quarter. Then, Clayton Schaefer got a putback at the end of the first half to give the Trojans the lead, 35-34. After that, they never looked back.
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