IMPERIAL - The learning process continues for the Potters.
The East Liverpool boys' basketball team got quality minutes from its bench Saturday afternoon, but it wasn't enough for the Potters as West Allegheny defeated East Liverpool, 65-53, in Game 4 of the Pennsylvania-Ohio Border Bash at West Allegheny.
The Indians led by as many as 28 points (60-35) in the fourth quarter before the Potters' second unit ended the game on a big spurt.
East Liverpool’s Derek Thompson looks to pass on Saturday against West Allegheny. Also seen is Ryian Burson?(22) and Kade Reynolds. (Photo by Aaron Petchal)
With the loss, the Potters drop to 0-5 on the season.
"We are still trying to find our identity," East Liverpool coach Nate Conley said. "The guys who work hard and who respect the program are the ones we are going to go with."
The Potters' bench players accounted for 33 points and 14 rebounds in the loss. The starters accounted for 20 points and 13 rebounds.
West Allegheny 65, East Liverpool 53
EL 17-08-08-12 - 53
WA 19-16-18-12 - 65
EL (53): D.J. Austin 0 0-0 0, Hayden Cunningham, 1 0-1 2, Kade Reynolds 5 1-2 13, Austin Emmerling 1 1-2 3, Derek Thompson 3 1-1 7, Owen Crawford 4 1-1 11, Matt Hilditch 0 0-0 0, John Rickerd 2 1-4 5, Ryian Burson 1 2-4 4, Aaron Long 4 0-1 8. Totals: 21 7-16 53.
WA (65): Anthony Carter 6 3-4 17, Derek Clontz 1 0-0 2, Mike Miara 4 1-2 11, Christian Stout 0 0-0 0, Collin Chambers 4 2-2 10, Tyler Duffett 0 0-0 0, Tyler Scanlon 0 0-0 0, Anthony Hartzog 1 0-0 2, Alex Gira 3 0-0 6, Sean Crisini 0 1-2 1, Andrew Kocsky 5 0-0 10. Totals: 26 9-12 65.
Three-point field goals: East Liverpool - 4 (Reynolds, Crawford); West Allegheny - 4 (Carter 2, Miara 2)
"Those guys didn't give up," Conley said. "They fought hard until the end. They cut the lead. They played a great game. They showed a lot of character. Hopefully, we can build off of that."
Kade Reynolds delivered a team-high 13 points to lead the way for East Liverpool. Reynolds hit two 3-pointers in the game, and he was one of two Potters to reach double digits in the game. The other Potter player to score in double digits was Owen Crawford. Crawford, who also drained two from beyond the arc, finished the game with 11 points.
Also for East Liverpool, Aaron Long netted eight points, Derek Thompson tallied seven points and John Rickerd recorded five points. Finally, Ryian Burson ended up with four points, Austin Emmerling collected three points and Hayden Cunningham added two points.
Thompson pulled down five rebounds to lead the Potters.
Four players scored in double digits for the Indians. Anthony Carter contributed a game-high 17 points to lead the way. Also reaching double digits for West Allegheny were Mike Miara, who recorded 11 points, and Collin Chambers and Andrew Kocsky each collected 10 points.
The Indians grabbed 26 rebounds in the game. Carter grabbed a game-high eight rebounds to lead West Allegheny.
The Potters committed 19 turnovers in the game, while the Indians committed 12. Both teams committed nine in the second half.
"They are a good basketball team," Conley said. "We knew they were guard orientated. They have the 6-6 guy inside. He is one of the best players in the WPIAL. Once he gets going he is tough to stop."
Both teams played well in the first quarter. A 3-pointer by Reynolds knotted the score at 15. West Allegheny led 19-17 at the end of the quarter.
The Indians began to gain control of the game in the second stanza. After a 3-pointer by Crawford pulled the Potters to within 25-22, the Indians ended the half on a 10-3 spurt to lead 35-25 at the half.
The Indians scored the first six points of the quarter to build a 41-25 advantage, and West Allegheny pulled away from that point. The hosts outscored the visitors, 18-8, in the quarter to take a 53-33 lead into the fourth quarter. The victors led by as many as 23 points in the stanza.
After a 3-pointer by Carter put West Allegheny up 63-35, East Liverpool's bench outscored the Indians, 18-2 the rest of the way.
West Allegheny also won the junior varsity game.
East Liverpool's next game is Tuesday night at Potter Fieldhouse against local rival Beaver Local. The Beavers enter their game against their Columbiana County rivals undefeated at 4-0 on the season.
"Some people call it a rivalry game, but we are going to take it one game at a time," Conley said. "They are improved. They are undefeated. They are probably the best team in Columbiana County right now. On paper, they are better than we are. They are coming to our house. We are going to have to get ready."