By Bob Evans
December 3, 2012
|Carrollton's Caleb Hartong bulls his way through two Claymont defenders during action from last Friday win over the Mustangs.
UHRICHSVILLE: There are pretty wins, and then there are ugly wins.
Last Friday night’s season opener was an ugly win.
The Warriors rallied in the fourth quarter to pull out a 48-41 victory over host Claymont in the season opener for both teams.
“It’s a win and we will take it,” said Carrollton Head Coach Matt Voll. “They (Claymont) are a scrappy team and this was definitely a challenge for us tonight.”
“We had a lot of people step up in the fourth quarter. It was a team effort.”
The Warriors led by three at the end of the first quarter, 15-12. But, they fell behind in the second and trailed 29-24 at the intermission and 37-33 at the end of the third period.
The scrappy Mustangs led until the 2:56 mark of the final period when Carrollton senior Andrew Collins canned a long three pointer to give the Warriors a 42-41 lead.
Senior Stephen Ericksen then completed a three-point play extending the Warriors lead to 45-41 and senior Jake Peterson scored on a layup after picking up a loose ball.
Collins ended Warrior scoring with a foul shot with just seconds remaining.
The Carrollton defense held the Mustangs to just 12 points in the second half.
“We played a much better defensive second half than we did the first,” noted Voll.
The Warriors had a lot of trouble with the Mustangs pressure defense in the first half, forcing 12 Warrior turnovers – eight in the second quarter.
Also, the Warrior defense held the Mustangs to an 0-for-13 night from behind the three point line.
“That’s not likely to happen again,” said Claymont Head Coach Scott Doak. “Most nights we will make five or more of those.”
“Our shot selection in the second half was poor, but it is still early.”
But Doak thinks they will get better.
“We played hard, but not real smart at times, but we will get better.”
The Mustangs had no answer for Ericksen in the paint.
The 6-foot-4 senior scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds despite spending much of the second half on the bench in foul trouble.
“He is a real force in the middle,” Voll said. “A lot of teams are going to have problems stopping him.”
Collins was also in double figures for the Warriors with 10 points.
For the Mustangs, Dylan Sterling led the way with 15 points, all in the first half. He was also the Mustangs’ leading rebounder with five.
Claymont was without 6-foot-6 senior Taylor Wise, who is serving a two-game suspension after being ejected in the final football game of the season.
Carrollton held a 31-24 advantage on the boards.
In the junior varsity game, the Warriors trailed 24-19 at halftime, but rallied in the second half for a 55-47 win over the Mustangs.
Devon Hezoucky led the Warriors with 21 points and Daniel Leary added 10.
The Mustangs led 17-14 after the first quarter. Carrollton outscored the Mustangs 24-11 to take a 43-35 advantage into the final frame.
The Warriors were to host East Liverpool Tuesday night. They will open their Northeastern Buckeye Conference Friday night at home against Louisville.
Next week, the Warriors will host New Philadelphia on Tuesday and West Branch Friday.
Carrollton 48, Claymont 41
CARROLLTON: Jake Peterson 3 0-0 6, Caleb Hartong 0 0-0 0, Zade Deitz 2 4-8 8, Andrew Collins 3 1-2 10, Stephen Ericksen 6 5-7 17, Tyler Krantz 1 2-2 4, Mirko Dobrijevic 1 1-2 3, Caleb Pasiuk 0 0-0 0, Justin Lovett 0 0-0 0, Adam Warner 0 0-0 0. Totals – 16 13-21 48.
CLAYMONT: Blake Albaugh 1 0-0 2, Tyler Peterson 2 3-4 7, Kohltin Miles 3 0-1 6, Nate Robinson 1 0-0 2, Dylan Sterling 6 3-3 15, Dallas Clarke 2 02 4, Cody Bonanno 2 1-1 5. Totals–17 7-11 41.
CARROLLTON: 15 9 9 15 – 48
CLAYMONT: 12 17 8 4 – 41
Three-point goals – Carrollton 3 (Collins). Rebounds – Carrollton 31 (Stephen Ericksen 10); Claymont 24 (Dylan Sterling 5). Records: Carrollton 1-0, Claymont 0-1. Reserve game: Carrollton 55-47.