LISBON, OH-In a consolation matchup at the Lisbon Tip-Off Tournament, the Salem Quakers showcased their resilience on the basketball court, securing a convincing 49-31 victory over the Western Reserve Blue Devils.
Western Reserve would start off strong with an eight point lead heading into the second quarter. The real story unfolded in the third frame when Salem blanked Reserve 18-0, and held on the seal the game in the fourth quarter.
Trent Fink proved to be a dominant force for Salem, leading all scorers with an impressive 16 points. Derek Oesch contributed 3 points, while three Quakers, namely Deontay Steele, Lance Bailey, and Evan Jones, each notched 6 points. Cam Sampson and Ben Severe added to the balanced scoring effort with 5 points each.
On the Western Reserve side, Connor Cochran led the Blue Devils with 9 points, displaying skill and determination on the court. Dominic Ricciardi contributed 8 points, while Josh Klasic added 4 points to the team’s total. Two Devils, Luke Henning and Andrew Hendricks, each scored three points.
The Quakers’ defensive tenacity and well-rounded offensive contributions paved the way for their success in the tournament. Salem’s ability to distribute scoring and limit the Blue Devils’ offensive opportunities was key to their commanding 18-point victory.