CANAL WINCHESTER – The Logan Chieftains took the lead late in the third quarter and never looked back en route to a 58-54 win at Canal Winchester. It seemed as though the Chiefs were going to experience their fourth straight buzzer-beater ending, but senior Mason Frasure made a free throw in the waning seconds to put the contest out of reach.
The first half was all Indians, leading 33-28 at half. The Chiefs were shooting a meager 33% from the field, but hit 75% of threes attempted. The second quarter was marred with foul trouble after a clean first. Both Frasure and Tegan Myers picked up a trio of personal fouls.
Then Myers sank a pair of crucial threes to pull within one with five and a half minutes to go in the third to bring the score to 35-34. The difference was how Logan came out firing out of the half.
Defensively, Logan held the Indians without a point for the first 4:25 of the final quarter, extending their lead to 52-43. Canal Winchester fought back and scored all 15 of their fourth quarter points in the final 3:35. The Indians hit a crucial three with just 12.5 seconds to go to cut the Logan lead to 57-54. A foul on the in-bound allowed Frasure to hit the second of his two free throws which put the game out of reach.
Logan outscored Canal Winchester 14-6 in the third and 16-15 in the fourth to secure their sixth victory on the year. Myers led the way with 23 points and four rebounds, shooting 80% from beyond the arc.
Junior Kaiden Alford had himself a night, tallying 13 points and 11 rebounds. He continues to be a force under the basket for the Chiefs. He helped Logan out-rebound Canal 23 to 21.
Senior Ashton Mahaffey was everywhere, logging 17 points and a perfect 12/12 on free throws.
Free throws were the difference in this game. As a team, Logan shot a combined 25/31 at the charity stripe.
The freshman team won their game 33-31 and the JV dropped their contest 52-31.
Up next, Logan (6-4) travels to St. Charles (4-5) on Saturday.