WELLSVILLE - Northeast Ohio may be encased in a winter chill, but the Wellsville Tigers came out red-hot Friday against Mineral Ridge. The Tigers lit it up from 3-point range in the first quarter to build a commanding lead, routing the Rams, 71-50.
Point guard Camden Douglas led the way on both offense and defense, totaling 20 points, seven rebounds and eight assists as the Tigers improved to 13-1 overall and 9-0 in the Inter Tri-County League, Division II.
Wellsville overwhelmed Mineral Ridge from the opening tip. Douglas brought the crowd to its feet just moments into the game when he came up with a steal and raced coast-to-coast, finishing with a two-handed dunk.
He kept busy the rest of the period, dishing passes to his open teammates. Guard Nate Scott and forward Seth Bradford each nailed two 3-pointers as the Tigers established a 23-7 lead.
Scott finished with 22 points and five rebounds, while Bradford had 16 points and nine rebounds.
For Mineral Ridge, it was more of the same against Wellsville this season. In their first meeting back in December, the Tigers blitzed the Rams with 11 three-pointers.
"We wanted to get out and run just like last time," Wellsville coach David Thompson said. "The first time we played, they (Mineral Ridge) got tired early and tonight it was the same thing. I thought they were tired in the first quarter."
Forward Brandon Perkins led the Rams (7-6, 4-5 ITCL) with 12 points.
"Wellsville was just on fire early," Mineral Ridge coach Chris Kohl said. "After the first game we worked on a little zone defense to challenge the shooters. We tried to impress to our guys that you can't leave them open but we didn't do a good job. It's tough when you're in that kind of hole right away."
The Tigers cooled off in the second quarter but were able to grow the lead thanks to their smothering defense. Douglas used his 6-foot-3 length to wreak havoc with the Mineral Ridge offense, finishing with four steals and several deflections. It took the Rams more than 5 minutes in each the first and second quarters to get their first field goal.