EAST LIVERPOOL, OH- As we roll into basketball season, season-openers are always the best part to see who is going up against who to kick off the season. In this particular matchup between the East Liverpool Potters and the Beaver Local Beavers, the stakes were even higher between the two bitter rivals. The Potters traveled to Beaver Local on Friday night looking to make a statement, and what a statement they made. With a whole new look on the floor, the Potters had huge contributions from everyone. The Beaver would find a way to cut the Potters leads multiple times, but turnovers and hot shooting from the Potters put a dagger in the comeback for the Beavers. East Liverpool would eventually walk away with a victory in the big season-opener on the road, 75-49.
The first half was full of back and forth runs for both squads. The Potters got out to a quick start, but the Beavers shut that down and ended the first quarter down by just 2 points. The second quarter was not much different, East Liverpool quickly went up 28-13 within the first few minutes of the second quarter. Again, the Beavers did not back down as they eventually cut the Potters lead down to 9 points, going into halftime with a 38-29 score. In the second half, it was all Potters. The defensive shut down by East Liverpool to start the third quarter was the momentum swing the Potters needed. A 15-0 run and a 16-point lead helped the Potters extend their momentum into the fourth as the shooters for East Liverpool eventually locked this game up by knocking down a total of 11 threes on the night.
For the Potters, Marquise Glenn led the way with 24 points. Preston Kerr and Cohen Pease both finished with 11. Malachi Reed added 9 points on the night.
For the Beavers, Austin Cline and Owen Bzinak both led the way with 13 points on the night. Evan Stephenson contributed 10.
Looking ahead, East Liverpool will play in the Lincoln Park Tournament Sunday, taking on Ambridge. Beaver Local will be back in action Tuesday night as they will travel to Harrison Central.
*Contributed By YSN’s Brendan Miller