CLAYTON — Throughout the tenure of Beavercreek boys basketball coach John Ahrns, the Battlin’ Beavers have always been on the losing end of their midseason trip to Northmont High School.
That streak came to an end on Friday as a balanced scoring attack led by senior center Zach Rower and senior forwards Jarred Waters and Tyler Reasoner helped carry the Battlin’ Beavers to a 47-37 victory over Northmont at Northmont High School. The win snaps a five year streak that saw theBeavers lose to the Thunderbolts on their home court, dating back to 2009.
Beavercreek (11-3, 4-2 GWOC Central), which had dropped its last two games by a combined two points prior to Friday’s contest, remains in the race for a Greater Western Ohio Conference Central division title. Beavercreek has eight regular season contests remaining and needs to win out to keep their division title hopes alive.
“It felt great to bounce back from those two games and get a conference win,” Rower said. “This is the first time we’ve won here in like six years, so it felt real good.”
Rower, a 6-foot-9 center, scored 16 points including 10 in the second half. Waters scored 13 points and Reasoner finished with eight, including six in the first half. Alec Stein scored six points and Airius Moore, theBeavers’ leading scorer, finished with four points.
“We feel that we have a very balanced team that can do a lot of different things,” Ahrns said. “And we’re going to try to find pretty early what works for us. And we actually have been working on some new things in practice that we tried in tonight’s game for the first time. And yes, it emphasized Zach (Rower) a little bit more, and we feel most teams can guard one post player, but we just happen to have three. And we’ll take our chances with our four man at anytime.”
Beavercreek stayed in a matchup zone defense and allowed the T-Bolts to make just 15 of 44 shots. Center Terry Ramsey was the only Northmont player to score in double digits and only one other player, junior guard Chris Landrum, scored more than five points.
Beavercreek shot 20-of-43 in the contest and outscored the T-Bolts 10-6 and 16-9 in the first half. Beavercreek maintained a double digit lead throughout the third quarter and led by as much as 44-28 midway through the fourth quarter.
Although Ramsey scored six points in the second quarter and opened the third quarter with four points, the Battlin’ Beavers maintained a double digit lead by passing to Rower and Waters in the post and keeping the Northmont defense off balance.
“It wasn’t so much him, it was they were driving around us, and then we’d help and then he’d roll to the basket,” Ahrns said about Ramsey. “So they were creating for him and he did a nice job of finishing. So we just decided to not help as much, because we found that its easier to make one footers than 17 footers. We were just going to make them shoot 17 footers for a while and see how well we do.”
The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Beavers, who will take on University High School, of Normal, Ill., in the Flyin’ to the Hoop Tournament at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20. University features, Keita Bates-Diop. a five star recruit that has committed to Ohio State University.