Huron 74, St. Mary CC 51
A strong second quarter lifted Huron to a 74-51 victory over St. Mary Central Catholic Friday night in Sandusky Bay Conference action at Huron.
The Tigers outscored St. Mary 26-8 in the second, en route to a 42-18 halftime lead.
"We really came to play in that first half," Huron coach Bobby James said. "We outscored them 26-8 in the second quarter. That was big and that was mostly because of our defense. When our defense goes, we're gonna go and they came to play in the first half, defensively. I think we were pretty sound and that was the difference in the game."
The Tigers opened the second quarter with a run of eight unanswered points in three minutes, including a pair of three-pointers — the second of three for Trae Graham and the first of two for Jake Justus — and a pair of free throws from Aaron Driftmyer, to hike Huron's lead to 24-10.
Perkins 67, Edison 32
One way to get an offense clicking is at the defensive end of the court.
That is exactly what happened Friday in the Sandusky Bay Conference opener for the Perkins and Edison boys basketball teams.
Perkins came out of the starting block with great intensity against a young Edison squad with fullcourt pressure and what a toll it took.
Coach Scott McVeigh's Pirates raced out to a 12-0 lead in the first four minutes with a crushing defense that resulted in nine Charger turnovers before the hosts attempted their first field goal try.
"We applied early pressure and wanted to get offense from our defense, and we did just that," McVeigh said after the 67-32 victory.
"The press was big and set the tone for the night, and I also liked the way we played the boards tonight," McVeigh said.
Perkins had a 25-6 lead after the opening eight minutes, forced 12 turnovers which led to 16 points, and in that span. Perkins pulled down six offensive boards when they did miss, primarily from close range.
Oak Harbor 52, Port Clinton 46
The Oak Harbor basketball team opened the season with a second half rally to beat host Port Clinton in a Sandusky Bay Conference game Friday night, 52-46.
The Rockets (1-0, 1-0 SBC) trailed 20-19 at halftime, but outscored the Redskins (0-2, 0-1) by a 33-26 margin in the second half to pick up the win.
For Oak Harbor, Austin Wiegand, Greg Haar and A.J. Cecil combined for all but one of the Rockets' final point total. Wiegand finished with 20 points, while Haar added 16 and Cecil had 15.
For Port Clinton, Nate Stubblefield scored 17 points, but no other player cracked double figures as Brock Moore added eight points and Drew Fodor had seven.
Clyde 59, Margaretta 43
Clyde certainly did not win its Sandusky Bay Conference opener at Margaretta in the first 67 seconds of the second half.
But a tone was clearly set.
Paul Cullen buried two quick threes and Eric Wiseman added a bucket as the Fliers turned a two-point halftime lead into a 10-point cushion in its 59-43 victory Friday over the Polar Bears.
“We got shots to fall, which always helps, but defensively we were getting stops and that became a big thing,” Clyde coach Ryan Carter said. “And Eric Wiseman had a monster of a second half.”
In fact, the sophomore scored five of his seven points and grabbed five of his game-high 11 rebounds while keeping Margaretta guard Dylan Bailey in check. Wiseman also added four steals and three blocks.
For more information on these games and others, see Saturday's Sandusky Register.