BEXLEY – The game plan for St. Charles Prep was possessing the ball and moving it along the perimeter. It worked like a charm as Logan fell to the Cardinals 40-28. In a game that was low-scoring and boiled up to a contentious end, Logan was unable to extend its winning streak.
The game started off slowly with St. Charles ending the first quarter with an 11-6 advantage. Senior Tegan Myers tried to get back to his scoring ways from beyond the arc early, but couldn’t convert on either of his pair of three attempts. It seemed like junior Kaiden Alford was going to back up his double-double from last week by scoring early. He finished one of two with just those two first-quarter points.
The second quarter was not a display of offensive aptitude. Logan won the quarter, 5-2. Those five points all came from senior Ashton Mahaffey after he found the bucket with 1:45 to go in the half with a three. He finished the day with those five points, shooting two of 13 from the field and one of six from three.
After the break, St. Charles kicked it into gear and ran away with the contest. Cardinals big man Chase Walker scored eight of the Cardinals’ 27 second-half points en route to a 10-point day, shooting two of four from the field and four of five at the line. He was at the epicenter of many fouls called on either side and eventually fouled out in the fourth.
On the day, each team capitalized on their free throws. Logan sank all six of their attempts and St. Charles shot 10 of 13. The biggest issue on the day was just making those field goals. Logan combined nine of 34 and two of 12 from three, whereas St. Charles shot 21 of 28 and two of seven.
It was a physical fight and Logan had their opportunities, but the second half was just too lopsided. The Cardinals’ attack of possessing the ball, passing it along the perimeter, and taking advantage of matchups and getting the Chiefs out of position was too efficient.
In addition to Myers’ 13 points and four rebounds, and Mahaffey’s five points, Mason Frasure added six points and a pair of rebounds on the night.
For St. Charles, junior Zach Auletta led the scoring with 11 points and three rebounds. The other big man for the Cards, Ryan Carretta tallied six points and five rebounds. Max Colucy was clutch down the stretch, scoring all four of his points in the fourth.
The (6-5) Chieftains look to get back on track on Tuesday as they travel to Chillicothe for their first of two matchups against the (4-6) Cavaliers who have won four of their last five.