UTICA — The Utica Redskins (12-5, 9-3 MBC) were just plain stingy with the basketball on Tuesday night as they turned the ball over to the visiting Centerburg Trojans (9-8, 1-5 MBC) just three times in the second half en route to a 52-36 victory in Mid-Buckeye Conference basketball action.
The Redskins jumped ahead, 8-2, early on but Centerburg’s Chase Cochran hit a 3-pointer to start off the second quarter. That closed the gap to 9-8 with Utica still ahead. Midway throught the second Drew Osborne landed a 3-pointer of his own to give Centerburg the lead, 17-16.
“I thought our effort was there,” said Centerburg coach Jim Simpson. “We talked about how hard Utica plays and I told the kids, ‘We need to play just as hard as they do.’ I thought that we played that hard, but they made the shots. We turned the ball over too much (18 times in the game). Sometimes it was unforced errors, and sometimes Utica forced them. I’ve got to give them credit. (Utica coach Eric Sheck) has done a great job with his team. He’s taken a group that many thought wouldn’t go very far and he’s got them playing hard and doing some good things.”