LOGAN — For a second-consecutive season, Bo Myers of the Logan Chieftains is the Southeast District’s Division I boys basketball Player of the Year.
Myers was also named to the first team on the 2018-2019 All-SE District DI team, which was released Friday by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association.
A panel of district sportswriters, representing the OPSWA, determined the team. The OPSWA took over naming all-district and all-Ohio basketball and football teams from The Associated Press a couple years ago.
Logan was well-represented on both the boys and girls teams.
Chieftain coach Chris Rider earned his second-straight DI Coach of the Year honor while senior Caleb Bell was a second-team selection and fellow seniors Coby Bell and Layton Cassady were special mention boys selections.
Senior Bethany Starlin was voted to the third team and junior Emilie Eggleston was a special mention choice on the all-SE District DI girls team.
Myers, a 6-foot-5 guard/forward, finished his career as Logan High School’s all-time leading boys basketball scorer with 1,628 points, more than 200 points ahead of runner-up Coy Lindsey. Only Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Katie Smith (2,740) scored more points while wearing a Logan basketball uniform than Myers.
He was second-team Division I All-Ohio as a junior and should receive serious consideration not only for first-team OPSWA all-Ohio honors but for the state’s coveted Mr. Basketball award as well.
This season, Myers shot 54 percent from the field (including 36 percent from 3-point range) and 80 percent from the free-throw line while averaging 27.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.
He had 13 double-doubles (points and rebounds), including six-straight at the end of the season, and finished the season with seven-consecutive 30-point games. He scored at least 30 points in a game 10 times, including a career-high 37 against Athens.
The 575 points Myers scored this season, and the 559 he compiled in 2017-18, rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on the all-time LHS boys basketball single-season scoring list.
He was remarkably consistent, taking no more than 21 shots from the field and no less than 14 in a game, and he had a stretch in which he converted 20 consecutive free throws. He also led the team in steals (2.3 per game) and dished out two assists per game.
No opposing team entered a game without some kind of defensive plan for Myers, and it was almost always for naught.
He was a matchup nightmare for opposing coaches because he could either shoot the three (40 triples on the season and 189 for his career) or take the ball to the basket either with finesse or power, and he saw a little bit of everything defensively from man-to-man to zone to being double-teamed and even triple-teamed.
He was also an excellent defender on a Logan team that stressed defense.
Myers averaged 17.9 points per game for his career. He scored in double figures 46 consecutive games (every game in his junior and senior seasons) and had 27 career double-doubles.
Caleb Bell, a 6-1 point guard, was one of the smartest, best ball-handling point guards most people have never seen because, with Logan not in a league, there wasn’t much non-local coverage of the Chieftains to appreciate his abilities in running the Logan show.
He had a ratio of 2.4 assists to 1.0 turnovers per game this season. As Logan’s point guard having to handle the ball against all kinds of defensive pressure from mostly DI competition, he committed only 20 miscues in 20 regular-season games.
He shot 42 percent from the field and 73 percent from the free-throw line while averaging 9.5 points per game, second on the team to Myers. He was also a dangerous 3-point shooter, especially when given a quick opening to launch from the top of the key.
Coby Bell (Caleb Bell’s twin brother), a 6-3 senior forward, averaged 6.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and two assists per game, but defense was his specialty. He was oftentimes assigned to defend the opposing team’s best player… not an easy task when taking into consideration the Chiefs played the equivalent of 14 Division I teams this season.
Coby shot 34 percent from the field, including 31 percent on threes, and was second on the team with 1.8 steals per game.
On a team where everyone could shoot from long range, Cassady, a 5-9 guard, was the team’s biggest threat. He made 36 percent of his threes (42 of 120) and was nearly perfect (20-of-21) from the free-throw line.
He averaged 8.3 points per game and scored in double figures eight times, including a career-best 32 in a huge 67-44 upset at Pickerington North, where he was 6-of-7 from beyond the 3-point arc and a perfect 10-of-10 at the free-throw line. And he was an outstanding defender… probably the most-improved aspect of his game.
One of the most difficult things to do in high school athletics is be head coach of a team that is forced to play as an independent, with no league championships/awards to play for, and Rider did an outstanding job keeping this team focused.
Rider, who is 49-20 in three seasons as Logan’s head coach, has an all-time head coaching record of 377-199 in 28 seasons at Reynoldsburg (15 seasons), Maysville (10) and LHS.
Logan was 17-4 on the season (two games were cancelled due to weather) and 14 of those games were against Ohio DI competition or its equivalent (Class AAA Parkersburg and Parkersburg South) in West Virginia.
The Chiefs’ only losses were to Hilliard Davidson (the No. 6 seed in the Central District tournament, in a neutral-site game at Capital University that Logan led with under two minutes remaining before losing 41-35), at Chillicothe (the only team Logan played twice, winning at home and losing on the road); at Gahanna (six of Gahanna’s regular-season losses were losses to Pickerington North, Pickerington Central and Reynoldsburg in the OCC Ohio, probably one of the toughest divisions in the state), and Grove City, which upset the Purple & White in the opening round of the post-season DI sectional tournament. All four of those foes were Division I teams this season.
Logan also pulled off the season’s biggest upset in the Columbus area with that aforementioned 23-point victory at Pickerington North. The Chieftains finished ninth in the final state Associated Press boys basketball poll for a second-consecutive season.
Starlin, a 6-0 guard/forward, led the Lady Chiefs in rebounding (6.8 per game) and assists (3.5) and was second on the team in scoring (8.0) and steals (2.0) as the Logan girls, like the boys, played a difficult schedule mostly laden with DI foes.
Like Coby Bell for the boys, Starlin oftentimes defended the other team’s best player as the Lady Chiefs faced teams such as Dublin Coffman, Dublin Scioto, Gahanna, Columbus Eastmoor, Sheridan, Alexander and Amanda-Clearcreek. The latter four teams reached their respective regional tournaments this week.
Eggleston, a 5-7 guard, led the Lady Chiefs in scoring (11.4 points per game) and scored in double digits 11 times, including 23 against Eastmoor and 21 against Heath. She was also the team leader in steals (2.6) and was second in assists (1.9) and rebounding (5.9).
She was excellent both shooting from long distance and driving to the basket and was Logan’s go-to person when needing to score.