When is a home game not a home game?
When Mother Nature takes over and forces the game to an opponent’s court.
On Tuesday, Jan. 3, the Garaway Pirates were set to host Inter-Valley Conference rival Ridgewood in a boys’ basketball battle on The Hill in Sugarcreek. However, leaky roof issues with the steady rain forced them to hit the road and travel to Ridgewood, which is never an easy place to find a win.
However, senior Ty Hamsher made sure that the Pirates didn’t stub their toes with the turn of events, and his 27-point night led Garaway to a big 53-47 road victory. That total was one point shy of Hamsher’s career high that he set last season versus Strasburg.
“I started out hitting my first couple of shots, which was huge for me because I haven’t been playing my best because I have been under the weather the past couple of games,” Hamsher said. “It was nice to see the ball actually go through the hoop again.”
The transition to go from thinking about a home game to hitting the road to play in a gymnasium that is tough to go in and get a victory is not an easy one, Hamsher himself had actually gone home to take a nap when he got the word that there was a change of plans.
“I got the text from coach and kind of rolled my eyes because we have already been on the road so much in recent games,” Hamsher said with a laugh. “But you just have to adjust and get ready with a different mind-set. We are all going to face adversity throughout a season. You just have to deal with it.”
Garaway jumped out to a five-point lead early on and never gave that edge up. Leading 16-11 after one period, Garaway bumped that advantage to seven at 30-23 at the half. The Generals fought back to within three points at 40-37 through three quarters, but the Pirates were able to do enough down the stretch to fend off the Generals for the win.
Joel Honigford added 13 points for the Pirates, who inched above the .500 mark at 5-4, while toting a 4-2 mark in the IVC.
Hamsher said it was nice to see the big fella get his offensive game going.
“Joel providing that kind of offense that makes us so much better because he is another scoring threat,” Hamsher said. “And he didn’t just do it on offense, he did a lot of things well, including playing some great defense on (Keith) Linedecker.”
Meanwhile, Ridgewood continued its hard-luck campaign, falling to 2-7 overall and 1-5 in the league.
Chase Griffith scored 13 points to lead Ridgewood and Braden Smith added 12 points.