YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio –
Jason Hewlett and Clifton Scott would provide double doubles to propel the Chaney Cowboys (17-8) past the Orange Lions (8-17) and into the Division II – Northeast District 1 semi-finals.
It was all gas no brake from the jump for the three time defending district champion Chaney Cowboys. Leading the charge for the Red and White offensively in the first was football standout and Michigan commit, Jason Hewlett. The 6 foot 4 senior forward accounted for fifteen of the Cowboys twenty-three points in the first. Chaney would stifle Orange defensively, allowing just five points in the quarter.
The second saw the teams jostle at both ends. The Lions provided more offensively tallying ten points in the second, while the Cowboys would struggle offensively after Hewlett would pick up three consecutive fouls in less than a minute forcing him to the bench. Chaney would outscore Orange by two to take a 20 point lead into the break.
Breaking the half, Chaney picked up where they had left off back in the first quarter, dominating offensively and smothering Orange at the other end. Clifton Scott would lead the Cowboys in thethird with four made baskets from the inside while Hewlett would add four more, and Josiah Gonzalez had his highest scoring quarter of the night with five.
Orange would begin the fourth quarter trailing by thirty-four and staring a season ending loss. The Lions would provide their largest scoring quarter of the night with sixteen fourth quarter points, led by Ernest Pryor’s three made shots from beyond the arc. Clifton Scott would end the fourth with two more shots from inside, and ½ from the charity stripe falling a point shy of twenty, but still giving the Cowboys an easy victory, 71-38.
TOP PERFORMERS –
Jason Hewlett – 22 points, 12 rebounds
Clifton Scott – 19 points, 15 rebounds
Matt Jones – 10 points
Ernest Pryor – 14 points, 4 made three-pointers
STILL DANCIN’ –
Chaney: Looking much improved from their opening round victory over Kenston, the competition level will begin to ramp up from here on out in the postseason. Of course, that’s nothing new for these Chaney Cowboys, a program that always touts one of the toughest schedules in the area.
The back-to-back-to-back district champion Cowboys will be in action on Thursday March 2ndat Boardman High School, where they will take on the #3 seed Alliance Aviators (15-8). The Aviators tied atop the EBC for the regular-season title, and earned their spot in the district semi’s with a 81-54 routing of Geneva. Alliance will be making their first appearance in the district final four, since 2017.
*Contributed By YSN’s Jamie Thomson