ONTARIO, Ohio -- Ontario’s fast start on Saturday night was too much for visiting Buckeye Valley to overcome, as the Warriors notched a key MOAC win, knocking off the Barons 64-56 to get head coach Joe Balogh his 550th career victory.
The Warriors leaped to a quick start, jumping to a 19-5 lead after a quarter. Outside shooting and rebounding was a deadly duo for the Warriors, led in part by Jayden Jacobs who finished with a double-double, notching 19 points and 12 rebounds in the win.
At the half, Ontario found themselves up 34-19, with Buckeye Valley’s seven turnovers being one major reason for the 15-point margin through the opening two quarters. The Barons struggled to score and were not able to get good shots off as a result of the scrappy Warriors defense.
In the third quarter the Barons were able to get back in it a bit, winning the quarter 11-8. After being limited much of the first half, Dylan Herbert got involved scoring five of his 13 points in the period. The Barons forced a few turnovers leading to buckets to cut the lead to 12 going to the final quarter.
Buckeye Valley was able to get within six in the final quarter, but the Warriors would not break. Barons sharpshooter Luke Lucas knocked in four three-pointers in the quarter, but it wasn’t enough, as clutch free-throw making and timely defense was key for Ontario to grind this one out to the end.
Jayden Jacobs (6’2 F / Ontario / 2019): Jayden was the most dominant player on the court Saturday night, playing both ends of the floor at a high level. Tallying 19 points, the senior played well with his back to the basket. Jacobs got to the hoop with ease, including a strip and slam to open the 3rd quarter. Grabbing 12 boards on the night Jacobs moves with a lot of energy and has a knack for getting to the ball.
Dylan Herbert (6’1 G / Buckeye Valley / 2020): Herbert is a pure scorer, and the best player on a young team right now, getting to the basket when he needs to while finishing through contact. Collecting 13 points on the night, which is below his average, Herbert responded well to a slow first half. A shooter with the ability to let it fly at anytime makes defenses have to stay up on him at all times. The junior made a couple nice passes for the Barons on the night as well, being a guard that can play on ball or move without it.
Shaquan Coburn (6’2 G / Ontario / 2020): Coburn knocked in a couple three pointers in the opening quarter, and was a force for Ontario in the first half where he scored 11 of his 15 points. The junior guard was able to rise above the defender on any shot he attempted with a smooth release even when the shot isn’t falling. He handles the ball at times for Ontario, but did have a did have a few miscues in the third quarter. Coburn is a player to watch his final two years under coach Balogh.
Griffin Shaver (6’1 CG / Ontario / 2021): A young player with a lot of raw talent, Shaver could be a high-level scorer. He scored just seven points on the night, but was able to get the shot he wanted at any level of the court. Shaver is a guard who will go after a rebound (team’s second leading rebounder tonight) and seems to take pride in that, which you like to see from a young guard. Despite being just a sophomore, he will have the ability to fill it up any night his shot is falling, as he is a green light shooter at any time.