BW stuns Newark Catholic with 18-0 finish

Ben Stroup Sports Writer

December 30, 2013

Talk about finishing with a flourish.

The Big Walnut boys basketball team, down just a handful of points early in the fourth quarter, closed the game on an 18-0 run to shock host Newark Catholic 53-40 in the First Federal Savings Holiday Tournament championship game Saturday in Newark.

The win was the Golden Eagles’ (4-4) third straight, all of which came down to fourth-quarter heroics. They were tied with Newark Catholic (7-2) 35-all at the end of the fourth quarter and trailed 40-35 in the period’s early going before their late eruption.

Michael Buckles sparked the spree, scoring seven of his team-leading 15 points in the fourth quarter. Logan Boyd was also steady, finishing with 12 points in the win, while Matt Tarney closed with nine and Zac Asher eight.


The Pioneers found points hard to come by Saturday in Lewis Center, falling to visiting Tri-Valley 48-32.

Orange managed just six points in the first quarter, but trailed by just three, 9-6. After scoring eight points in the second quarter and three in the third, though, the game was out of hand as the visitors led 34-17 heading into the final eight minutes of action — a period the Pioneers won 15-14 to smooth out the scoring summary.

Jay Joseph led Orange (0-5) with 13 points in the setback.


The Patriots worked their way to a slim halftime lead, but had trouble slowing down Coral Gables in the second half as they lost their second straight KSA Holiday tournament game, 63-53, Saturday afternoon.

Liberty (4-3) led 13-10 after the first quarter and 25-23 at the break, but was outscored 18-13 in the third quarter and 22-15 in the fourth to account for the final margin.

Mike DeLeon, who broke the Patriots’ scoring record twice last week, netting 33 and 35 in back-to-back games, finished with a game-best 17 points in the setback.