Taking advantage of a strong first half and the long-range shots, the Barnesville Shamrocks rolled to a 72-58 Ohio Valley Athletic Conference "consolation" pool victory over visiting Edison on Tuesday.
Barnesville, which drained 11-of-18 shots from beyond the arc in the game, doubled up on the Wildcats the opening quarter for an early 18-9 lead. The Shamrocks continued the onslaught the second round with a 20-14 scoring advantage to take a commanding 38-23 lead to the locker room at the break.
"We shot lights out from three-point range," Barnesville coach Chris Pack stated. "We also knocked them down at the foul line with not many mistakes.
You hope you are playing your best ball at the end of the season and it looked like that tonight."
Edison came out after the half and outscored the 'Rocks 16-13 in the third stanza to trim the difference to 51-39 going to the final eight minutes. In the final quarter, Barnesville (12-7) posted a 21-19 scoring edge and built the lead to as many as 25 points before capturing the 72-58 victory.
The Shamrocks cashed in on 21-of-41 floor shots for a sizzling 51.2 percent and added 19-of-23 from the charity stripe.
Kody Skinner led four Shamrocks in double figures with 20 points, including a pair of "treys." Dalton Smith canned four "threes" and followed with 18 points, while Colby MacMillan added three "triples" and 13 points. Preston Dornon canned a pair from beyond the arc and finished with 10 points.
Cristian Bailey chipped in six points in the winning effort.
Edison (2-17) connected on 21-of-44 field tries for 47.7 percent and tacked on 9-of-17 from the bonus line. Cale McCoy paced the Wildcats with 19 points, followed by Dom Contraguero with 15, including four "threes" and Bryant Wilson with 10 markers, ,while T.J. Mack added six.
Barnesville posted a 25-18 rebounding advantage as Skinner completed a double-double with 10 boards and added five steals. MacMillan also recorded a double-double, dishing out 10 of the 'Rocks 17 assists. The Shamrocks were guilty of just five turnovers for the game, while Edison suffered 20