Geoff Cowles/News Utica senior Chase Smith (10) drives past Newark Catholic’s Mason Peddicord (1) during Wednesday’s Licking County League game. The Green Wave won, 45-38.

 

Geoff Cowles/News Utica center Gavin Posey (00) shoots past Newark Catholic’s Peyton Walker (1) during Wednesday’s Licking County League game. Posey scored 11 points and had 12 rebounds, but the Green Wave won, 45-38.

UTICA — The Utica Redskins took control of the boards and the game at the outset, but it was the visiting Newark Catholic Green Wave defense that took charge in the third quarter. Newark Catholic had 11 steals and ran away with a 45-38 win in Licking County League basketball action on Wednesday.

The Redskins had 11 first-quarter rebounds, with 6-foot-7 junior Gavin Posey pulling down five of them, including three on the offensive side. Posey finished the game with 12 rebounds to lead Utica. He also led the Redskins in scoring with 11 points, giving him a double-double. That was well above his average of 3.3 in each category.

Posey wasn’t alone, however. When the game was over, Utica totaled 33 rebounds to Newark Catholic’s 23.

“We emphasized taking control of the rebounding situation,” said Utica coach Brian Radabaugh. “Actually, we’ve done a much better job in the last few games, offensively and defensively, rebounding the ball. It seemed like Gavin was getting every rebound tonight.”

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