Bradford uses second half running clock to defeat the visiting TCN Panthers in WOAC competition
BRADFORD – The Bradford Railroaders defeated the visiting Tri-County North Panthers 60-28 in Friday night WOAC play.
“We’re having some progress this year,” said Bradford coach, Jay Hall. “This is not something like we just started in November – these kids have been working since June.”
The Railroaders took advantage of nine 3-pointers on the night led by sophomore Hudson Hill’s four triples in the Western Ohio Athletic Conference matchup.
“We started to hit some outside shots tonight from some guys that have had trouble getting them to fall,” Hall stated. “I hope it continues because confidence for a high school kid is so much part of the equation of success.”
Bradford took an early 14-2 first quarter lead with 2:45 showing on the clock and never looked back as the second half of action would be played with a running clock.
The Railroaders took the first period 19-8 with Hill scoring 7-points including a 3-pointer, Parker Davidson accounting for 7-points including 3-3 at the charity stripe, freshman Owen Canan knocking down a triple and Nolan Case adding a 2-point basket.
Bradford continued to pull away in the second quarter outscoring the visitors 18-6 taking a 37-14 lead to the halftime break.
Davidson paced the Roaders with 9-points in the second including a trey, Hill canned his second 3-pointer of the opening half and Canan, Case and freshman Zage Harleman each scored 2-points.
“It becomes very difficult when everybody knows you have one that is going to score, their defense is designed to stop that one but we have some talented guys that once it starts to come through for them – we’re going to have more success,” Coach Hall said of balanced team scoring that has been lacking from previous seasons. “As long as the bring the effort we’re going to be ok.”
Period No. 3 went to Bradford 19-7 with Hill burying two 3-pointers and a bucket to place the Railroaders with 8-points, Davidson added 5-points including a triple; his second of the night, Canan drilled a trey; his second of the game and Case hit a 3-pointer to round out third quarter scoring sending the game to the final period with Bradford holding a commanding 56-21 advantage.
“Hudson (Hill) finally got a few to fall and I am happy for him because he has put in a lot of time,” said Hall. “He has come so far in two years from where he was when I got here and he was in the eighth grade – just with his shooting form and his confidence level. Hopefully it continues. He’s proven to himself he can do it so we’re expecting big things from him.”
The final period went to the Panthers 7-4 giving the hometown Railroaders a 32-point WOAC victory.
The Bradford team was not at full strength playing without the services of 6’3” starter Landon Wills who rolled his ankle earlier in the week during practice.
“It was definitely a team effort – we were missing a starter tonight,” said Coach Hall. “We usually go six guys deep on the varsity. We brought Zage Harleman up tonight who has been playing a split. He got more action tonight.”
“A complete team effort because one guy might be more gifted at scoring the ball but it takes all the other ones out there putting the defense and the offense in to get him the ball,” Hall added. “It takes all of us to rebound and that is something we struggled with this season so far so it definitely was a team effort.”
Davidson led Bradford and all scorers with a game high 23-points and Hill added 20-points for the Railroaders.
BRADFORD 60, TRI-COUNTY NORTH 28
BRADFORD – P. Davidson 23, H. Hill 20, O. Canan 8, N. Case 7, Z. Harleman 2 – TOTALS 14 5-11 9 60
TRI-COUNTY NORTH – J. Shirley 13, L. Flory 8, H. Gray 2, L. Eby 2, B. Woodyard 2,B. McCloud 1 – TOTALS 11 3-12 1 28
Bradford 9 (H. Hill 4, O. Canan 2, P. Davidson 2, N. Case 1)
Tri-County North 1 (L. Flory 1)
SCORE by QUARTERS
19-18-19-04 60 Bradford
08-06-07-07 28 Tri-County North