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BYESVILLE -- Friday's Division II East District Sectional tournament opener between highly touted Meadowbrook High and visiting West Holmes had little suspense after the first three minutes.
The second-seeded Colts came out on fire at the outset, racing to a 15-2 start and pouring in 30 points by the end in the first quarter en route to an easy 90-54 victory over the struggling Knights before a nice-sized crowd as boys' postseason action began.
Coach Lou "Scooter" Tolzda's squad improved to 20-3 and earned another home game Tuesday when they'll entertain East Liverpool while West Holmes saw a disappointing campaign end at 2-21.
Meadowbrook started out like "butter" -- on a roll -- with the early catalyst being junior guard Trey Singleton, who scored the first two hoops in lightning fashion and later added a "trey" as the hosts zoomed out to a 15-2 upperhand after three minutes.
The assault continued behind seniors Justin Cork, Logan Wolverton and Konnor Roberts who scored six each in the opening round to back Singleton's 10 markers leading to a 30-10 Meadowbrook advantage.
Junior Chase Wells accounted for six of West Holmes' 10 points.
With Wolverton and Cork each scoring seven and versatile senior Parker Black getting into the act with six, the Colts continued to light up the scoreboard in the second period and a 22-17 edge pushed the halftime margin to 52-27.
Again it was Chase Wells who did all he could to keep the Knights afloat with an 11-point second round.
The pace slowed considerably in the third quarter and the teams played to a 12-12 standoff, leaving Meadowbrook comfortably in front, 64-39, heading to the final frame where the offense heated up again and a 26-15 scoring edge finished it off.
All five starters hit double figures for the Colts, with Singleton and Cork leading the way with 21 and 20, respectively. Wolverton chipped in 16; Black had 13 as part of a "double-double" and Roberts netted a dozen.
Meadowbrook was a solid 33 of 58 from the field and 16 of 20 at the foul line with 38 rebounds and 13 turnovers.
Despite the lopsided score, Tolzda was complimentary of the Knights' effort.
"I know they've only won a couple of games, but they've got some pretty good athletes," he said. "They've played a pretty good schedule and they hung in there with us at times."
West Holmes coach Keith Troyer simply tipped his hat at the Colts for an impressive showing.
"We knew they were very talented," he offered. "They do such a good job playing team ball. They are very unselfish; they're quick andthey can handle the ball...and when they're making shots, they're going to be a tough team to beat.
"With a team like that, you've got to pick your poison," Troyer continued. "They can beat you so many ways. We told our kids 'that is how you play the game.'"
A bright spot in defeat for the Knights was the play of Chase Wells, who finished as the game's leading scorer with 25 points while also collecting four rebounds and four steals.
"Chase played really well," said Coach Troyer. "He's really come on in the last two or three games and has been playing his best basketball."
Freshman Chance Wells offered the top scoring support with 11 tallies. Senior Josh Goudy had five rebounds.
West Holmes was 22 of 57 from the field and 6 of 7 at the charity stripe with 25 rebounds and 15 turnovers.
"It has been a tough year, but the one thing I'll give these kids credit for is they never quit," said Coach Troyer. "When you lose a bunch of games in a row like we did, you could very easily mail it in but they came to practice every day and worked hard."
The Knights lose four seniors -- Goudy, Roach, Hager and Bridenthal.
Jeff Harrison is sports editor of The (Cambridge) Daily Jeffersonian.