CAMPBELL OH- The Campbell Memorial Red Devils, a team countless have been excited for, since the return of the big three!
Currently ranked #4 in The YSN Power Rankings, Campbell looked to continue their string of success against a well-coached Dolph Carroll led Valley Christian Eagles squad.
On the other side, Campbell was going into this one with no Kevin Moore, leaving Red Devil fans wondering if this game would be put on upset alert!
The first quarter was exactly that, as Valley battled down low really well, leading Joey Battista and Jon’Trell Mixon to gain an early rebounding advantage.
Despite gaining the early advantage on the boards, The Eagles had a tough time converting them into offense. Campbell adjusted themselves by the end of the first, holding a slim lead 11-10 over Valley.
However, it was the second quarter of play that really separated the two teams. With The Red Devils outsourcing The Eagles 29-12 in the second. Xavion Leonard was a man on a mission Tuesday night. Scoring 25 points on the night, with 18 of those coming in the first half! Leaving Campbell with the big 40-22 halftime lead.
Much like how Campbell started pressing the gas in the second, they floored it in the third. Coming out with the same fire and intensity they left the second with. It helped them start to salt this one away early in the second half.
The biggest turnaround was in Campbells defense. Implementing more of a press in the second quarter, and Xavion Leonard getting a ton of important rebounds when Jon’Trell Mixon was in foul trouble. Both of which helped The Devils have that lopsided second.
Valley did hold Campbell’s high scoring offense under 80 for the first time in the young season. A testament to Coach Carroll’s group of boys who battled buzzer to buzzer.
The Red Devils iced this one by a final of 66-45 to go to 3-0 on the season. Valley, with the loss, drops to 1-1.
Valley Christian will look to turn the tide quickly, with the start of conference play coming up, The Eagles hit the road to play East Palestine Friday, December 10th.
Campbell will also be in action on Friday, December 10th as it is an MVAC Gray vs. Scarlet battle, with The Red Devils hosting The Jackson Milton Blue Jays.
Both games can be found live on YSN!
*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell
Postgame interview With Xavion Leonard: