Truckers capture share of NOL crown

The first goal of the Norwalk Truckers is to win an Northern Ohio League crown. Staff
Feb 9, 2013

The Truckers clinched at least a share of their third consecutive Northern Ohio League (NOL) title Friday night with a victory over rival Bellevue, 47-35, at NHS.

The Truckers notched their 39th straight victory to remain undefeated at 18-0 overall and 8-0 in the NOL.

“I think it’s just a great accomplishment for our young people,” said coach Steve Gray, who gave “a big thank you to the Norwalk community for their support.”

Bellevue is now .500 on the season with an overall record of 9-9. The Redmen are 2-6 in the NOL.

With slightly more than five minutes left in the first quarter, Bellevue had a 8-0 lead.

Thirty-five seconds later, the Redmen rejected a layup by Norwalk junior Ben Haraway.

However, teammate Jeff Thomas had a follow-up dunk, narrowing Bellevue’s lead to 8-4.

Thomas threw the ball down again about a minute into the second quarter, giving the Truckers a 15-13 lead — their first of the game.

Thomas led all scorers with 24 points. He was 8-of-10 from the field and perfect at the free-throw line, hitting all eight shots.

Bellevue’s leading scorer was senior Derek Smith, who had 12 points.

Norwalk went into the half leading 27-24.

The Truckers’ biggest lead, except for the final, came as the third quarter expired at 39-28, when Haraway drained a three-point shot.

The first time Norwalk played Bellevue on Dec. 28, the Truckers won by 33 points.

The Truckers can clinch the NOL outright for the second straight season Friday with a home game against Willard.

Read more in Saturday's Norwalk Reflector and Sandusky Register.