The Western Reserve Roughriders gained their first Firelands Conference win of the short season with a 55-45 home win against the South Central Trojans on Friday.
Western senior Nate Good started the scoring with consecutive three-point shots.
For the night, the senior guard was 8-of-16 from the field for 23 points. Good hit 3-of-5 free throws and made four three-pointers.
’Riders coach Chris Sheldon called Good one of his team’s offensive weapons and said his team set up good blocks for the senior guard.
“He’s an all-league returning guard. In big basketball games, you need those guys to step up,” the coach said.
Western (1-2, 1-0) had a 19-14 advantage to end the first quarter.
The home team was up 28-20 at the half.
“To start with, we didn’t turn the ball over. Coming into tonight, we had been turning the ball over at a high rate. When you’re not turning the ball over, you’re going to have a greater chance to score,” Sheldon said.
South Central coach Brett Seidel said the ’Riders “came out hot” and were shooting the ball well early in the game.
The coach said Good was the difference-maker for Western.
“He played a great game,” Seidel said. “Credit to Chris; they played well.”
The Trojans were down by 10 points with the score 40-30 and less than one minute left in the third quarter.
However, by 5:40 left in the game, South Central had whittled Western’s lead down to five points with the score 42-37. The ’Riders had a four-point lead with about two minutes left on the clock.
“I thought we shot well in the early (part). If we don’t make a jump shot, we have to find other ways to score. That’s what we’re struggling with. We didn’t get any second shots,” Seidel said.
Also, the South Central coach said his team struggled from the three-point line.
The Trojans shot 5-of-20 from behind the three-point arc. The ’Riders were 12-of-17.
The Trojans (1-2, 0-1) had two players score in double figures.
Junior Stephen Goetz went 4-for-12 from the field for 15 points. He was 6-of-8 from the free-throw line.
Sophomore Brayden Wilhelm was 5-of-8 for 13 points with three three-point shots.
Sheldon credited South Central with playing a tough game.
“In the second half, we knew they would fight back and they did,” he added.
Western’s jayvee squad used a fast start and strong second half to win 44-28.
The ‘Riders outscored South Central 21-11 in the second half.
Three ’Riders scored in double figures.
Sophomore Kole Sherill led the way with 14 points.
Fellow classmates James Ashe had 11 points and Garrett Markley added 10.
South Central sophomore Aaron Lamoreaux had nine points.
Western plays at Keystone at 5 p.m. today. South Central goes to St. Paul on Friday.