Dover turns up 'D' for win over River View
Jan 10, 2014 11:33 PM
DOVER It wasn’t a thing of beauty, but the Dover Tornadoes will take it.
Dover moved to 10-1 as it upended River View in an East Central Ohio League clash Friday night.
It was a game that Ohio State’s Aaron Craft would have been proud of — the Tornadoes displayed a scrappy, hustling defense.
Dover’s Jordan Mills played the part of Craft in the first half, creating havoc on defense and controlling the offensive boards. That led to extra possessions for Dover.
“Jordan played a heck of a game and his rebounding and steals were key for us getting out in front early,” said Dover head coach Bob Von Kaenel.
With Mills playing at a high level defensively, the Dover shooters were making his hustle count. The team raced to an 8-0 lead, forcing the Black Bears to call a timeout.
Dover eventually took a 12-0 lead late in the quarter. The silky- smooth shooting of Cory Contini and Blake Blair vaulted the Tornadoes to a 12-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Tornadoes continued their stellar defense in the second quarter, and it led to another 8-0 run, which put the score at 20-3 midway through the second frame.
For the half, Mills recorded five rebounds and four steals, while Contini and Blair had six and nine points, respectively.
Despite the win, Von Kaenel felt his team was pressing offensively.
“We just couldn’t get in a good rhythm tonight on offense. I felt we were a little anxious out there offensively,” said Von Kaenel.
“It was a tough game to play, but we will need to be a lot better tomorrow night (at Zanesville Rosecrans).”
The second half was more of the same for Dover. It pulled away from River View, with its largest lead being 21 points early in the final frame.
The Black Bears (1-9) put together a little run of their own, scoring six unanswered points to cut the lead to 15.
However, an offensive rebound and put back basket by Austin Laughlin, stopped the Black Bear run.
Christian Randazzo would later put the final nail in the coffin with a three-point basket, giving Dover a 20 point advantage.
Dover had a balanced scoring attack as three players scored in double figures, with Blair and Contini each contributing 14 points, while Laughlin had a solid game with 13 points, 11 of them coming in the fourth quarter.
River View’s John Rice and Matt Brillhart shared scoring honors with eight a piece.
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Edited: Jan 10, 2014 11:33 PM by Bob George