Savages Take A Hard-Fought Victory Over Noble


December 6, 2018

Savage Basketball

The Tecumseh Savages' basketball team opened the season last week and split a pair of games, winning an away game and falling in the home opener.

The Savages opened on the road on Tuesday at Noble and came back with a hard-fought victory to give new head Coach Aaron Daniels his first win at Tecumseh. Tecumseh started fast and continued to lead throughout the tight came to end with a 59-50 win.

Leading 19-11 after the opening quarter, the Savages had to fight off the Bears' effort in the second period as Noble outscored Tecumseh 13-7 to close the gap to a two-point Savage lead at halftime. The Savages uses a solid third quarter to outpace the Bears 17-13 and extend the lead to 43-37 headed to the fourth quarter. Tecumseh continued to keep up the pace in the final stanza as they outscored the Bears 16-13 to secure the win.

Anthony Billy and Kainan Ryan led the Savages in scoring with 16 points apiece. Ryan led the way early with 12 points in the first half and Billy covered the second half with 13 points in the second half. Jayden Shafer was also in double figures with 10 points. Jacob Green knocked down eight points while Josiah Mendoza and Ed Carey had five and four points respectively.

Carey was the leader on the boards as he pulled down nine rebounds. Alex Schovanec grabbed eight rebounds in the win while Shafer had six. Ryan had four boards and Green cleared three and Billy had two. The Savages were out rebounded by the taller Bears, but Tecumseh won the turnover battle as they forced 20 and gave up 18.

On Friday night the Savages were at home in the newly renovated gym for the first time and played a very good Mt. St. Mary team tough, but fell in the end 50-37. The Rockets led after the first quarter 16-13 before the Savages charged back with an impressive defensive effort to win the second quarter and knot the game at 23-23 at halftime.

The game continued as a defensive battle in the third quarter as the Rockets managed to outscore the Savages 11-6 to grab a 34-29 lead entering the final period. The pace of offense picked up in the fourth quarter, more so for the visitors as the Rockets pulled away to a 50-37 win.

Billy was the offensive leader for the Savages with 13 points in the game while Tecumseh's two big men, Carey and Schovanec, had eight points each in the loss. Shafer tossed in four-points while Mendoza added two.

The Savages (1-1) will begin play in the Bethel Tournament today (Thursday) and continue through Saturday. Tecumseh will face Chandler this afternoon at 2:30. With a win over the Lions the Savages will play on Friday at 8:30 in the semifinals against the Bethany/Lone Grove game. The championship game is scheduled for Saturday night. Tecumseh will return to Bethel on Tuesday night for a regular season game against the Wildcats.


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