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Boose stars as New Philadelphia tops Cambridge
Dec 13, 2013 11:43 PM
NEW PHILADELPHIA  Ethan Boose usually is stationed right near the basket for the New Philadelphia boys basketball team.
But that doesn’t mean the Quakers’ 6-foot-6 senior post is solely an inside force         anymore.
Boose stepped outside and swished two long 3-point shots to provide some big points and entertainment value Friday night as the Quakers methodically wore down Cambridge 65-44 to kick off their East Central Ohio League schedule with a win.
“We’ve been shooting a lot of threes in practice lately and I found myself open and I just thought I would take it,” Boose said about his long shot in the first half that was part of three consecutive 3-pointers by New Philadelphia that opened up the game for the Quakers.
Boose also nailed a 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer, and did dominate inside, scoring a team-high 24 points and grabbing a game-high    11 rebounds as New Philadelphia improved to 2-1 overall.
“While I’m not pleased with the way we played, winning’s still the thing and you have to be glad for that,” said New Philadelphia head coach Chad Spurgeon. “And it’s still very early in the season.”
The Quakers struggled to put together much offense through the first half and trailed 13-10 in the second quarter until Caleb Beans, Marco Colombo and Boose hit 3-pointers on consecutive trips down the floor as part of a 9-0 run that gave the hosts a lead they would not give up the rest of the night.
Cambridge (2-2, 1-1) was carried by guard Jordan Watson, who scored 26 points, 
including 11 of the Bobcats’ 14 points in the third quarter. Cambridge threw a combination of defenses at the Quakers in the first half and trailed only 29-20 at the break.
“They did a nice job of disrupting us early,” Spurgeon said. “They took us out of it.”
New Philadelphia carried a 47-34 lead into the fourth quarter but forced Cambridge into several turnovers and bad shots to pull away.
Beans scored 11 points for the Quakers and Colombo added nine. The Quakers made 28 of 55 shots from the floor – including five of 14 from 3-point land - and only four of 10 free throws.
Cambridge, which only had two players score during the first half, got six points from Clifford Clark and five from Trevor Wilkinson. The Bobcats struggled in shooting, making only 14 of 42.
New Philadelphia held a 38-23 rebounding advantage and Cambridge committed 15 turnovers to 12 for the Quakers.
The Quakers have a busy few days ahead as they travel more than five hours today to Frankfort, KY, to play Johnson Central (KY) at 3:15 p.m. in one of six games scheduled in the Capital City Rumble at the Frankfort Convention Center.
Johnson Central features Shane Hall, a candidate this season for Mr. Basketball in Kentucky. New Philadelphia then travels to Zanesville on Tuesday and hosts rival Dover next Friday night.
Boose said he and his teammates are starting to feel more comfortable with each game.
“I like our progress to this point, but we have a lot of work ahead of us,” he said. “We’re not quite satisfied with the way we are playing and we know we have some big challenges ahead especially since we are Division I in the tournament this season, but it’s getting there.”
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Darrin Lautenschleger
Darrin is a Tuscarawas County native, a graduate of Garaway High School and Ohio University with a degree in journalism. He has covered sporting events for The Times-Reporter on a part-time basis for many years

Boose stars as New Philadelphia tops Cambridge