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Cagers route Medina Christian: Scalf scores 30 in victory

Kristian Scalf fired in 30 points leading the Cagers Basketball Club to their 12th win of the season by beating Medina Christian 83-54 in the season finale.

The Cagers ran out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter and never looked back. This has been the trend the last five games as the Cagers have averaged at least 20 points in the first quarter of each of those contests. Scalf started off his torrid shooting night by burying two threes in the frame. Complimentary to Scalf ‘s outside presence was the inside presence of Eric Fairhurst. The 6-10 center took command of the paint early and often by scoring six of his 19 points. The rest of the Cagers did not sit back and watch only.

Ben Otto would dial it up from beyond the arc. Da’Vay Meeks was electric on the break, and Dylan Money fired in a bucket. Coach Doug Hamsher recognized the efforts of Scalf and Fairhurst but also saw a team effort as the key.

“Kristian and Eric came out ready to play. They grabbed hold of their roles and dominated. However, it wasn’t a two-man show. Everyone contributed. Our defense was fantastic, and our attitude and approach to this game was the best we’ve had all year.”

After a sluggish second period saw the Cagers take a 37-25 lead into the break, the size and athleticism were on full display in the final 16 minutes. Scalf and Fairhurst would combine for 19 points in the third quarter and erase any doubt that this contest would be close. Scalf’s quick hands led to several steals and finishes at the other end. But it wasn’t just his defense and finishing ability that wowed the crowd. His ability to find the open man in traffic has been part of the game that he has been working on.

“Kristian played outstanding tonight. His shot was on. He finished well. But more impressively was how well he passed the ball tonight. The last five games his game has taken off to a new level,” Hamsher said.

On the other end of those dimes was Fairhurst. Hamsher praised his efforts as well. “Eric decided that he was going to dominate the paint tonight, and he did. He not only finished well, he controlled the paint at both ends and played with passion. When he chooses to play with passion and is locked in, he is a pretty darn good player.”

By the end of the period it was 63-39.

The Cagers, who sat in a 3-2 zone for most of the game, did not slow down in the final period. The fans in attendance, as well as their coach, could only take a seat and watch with satisfaction the play of this very talented group. Up and down the court the Cagers would run and sky through the air, showing off their God-given abilities.

“I looked out there in the second half and just smiled. The guys were having fun and making a ton of athletic plays. They were high-fiving, smiling, playing with passion, by The Code and with Character. It was a culmination of a fantastic last five games. We really came together. It was fun.”

Scalf would fire in eight more points, followed up by Jason Suppan showing his athletic prowess at both ends by grabbing several rebounds and cashing in on seven points. In the end the size and speed of the Cagers was too much for Medina Christian.

Joining Scalf and Fairhurst in the scoring column was Meeks with 13 points. Suppan had eight, Otto had seven and Money rounded things out with six.

This was the last game for three seniors, including Money, who has been a Cager for over two years. Hamsher praised Money’s work ethic. “Dylan has been a pillar for our program, a loyal, faithful and talented player who was a great teammate and embodied everything a Cager basketball player is expected to be. He had a great career.”

The Cager Basketball Club is open to any boy in grade 9-12 who is not currently on a local high school basketball roster. Their season typically runs from late November to the first week in March with practices and home games hosted at Orrville Christian Church. The Cagers play a competitive 12-15 game schedule versus small private high school or home school teams including one or two local tournaments and potentially a season-ending national tournament. Click here for more information on the Cagers Basketball Club.

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