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Crestview holds those Tigers

Crestview’s Drake Golden makes a pass on the baseline against Wellsville’s Luke Green on Friday. (Morning Journal/Justin Golba)

COLUMBIANA — Basketball can be a game of runs and for Crestview’s boys basketball team, it picked a great time to go on its biggest of the game.

In the final three minutes of the contest, Crestview outscored Wellsville 15-4 and picked up a 56-52 win in the first game of the season for both programs.

Senior Drake Golden led the way for the Rebels with 20 points and two blocks. Kirkland Miller recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Brandon Yanssens had six points, six assists and seven steals.

“We are just a solid group,” Golden said. “We just came together and said we aren’t going to lose this game and that is really all is was.”

“We wanted to change the tempo of the game going down the stretch,” Crestview coach Rick Gates said. “We felt that they were getting a little bit tired. We didn’t feel like we were playing well defensively and to their credit, they hit some great shots in that third quarter but the change of tempo I think helped the momentum heading into the fourth quarter.”

The score was 46-36 after three quarters with Wellsville holding all of the momentum. Isaiah Greathouse knocked down three straight three-pointers to cushion the Tiger lead.

However, in the fourth quarter, it was all Rebels. Crestview won the quarter 20-6 and made everything difficult for the Tigers.

“We just kept telling them to believe that we were better than what we had showed,” Gates said. “It was rust. We had to take eight days off and then came back and practiced for two days before this game. We had no scrimmages so it was rough preseason.”

Crestview starts four seniors compared to Wellsville’s one and it was evident down the stretch of this contest.

“I really think last year taught this group a lot of basketball lessons,” Gates said. “We increased the win total from two to seven and we were in every game. We lost six or seven games by four to six points so I think last year taught us a lot of lessons about basketball and this group responded well down the stretch.”

“We got a couple freshman playing varsity and we haven’t had any scrimmages so they have never played in a game,” Wellsville coach David Thompson said. “They played decent but we can play better and we can shoot the ball better.”

Both teams have been affected by COVID-19 and have had to limit their practices and preseason meetings.

“It was just like I thought, a sloppy game,” Thompson said. “Crestview is a well coached team and they are organized. We just have to get back to the drawing board and work with the young guys. We start three sophomores and only have one senior.”

Luke Green led the way for Wellsville with 14 points, nine rebounds and four steals.

“Luke has been around, he was my water boy in elementary school so he knows what we want,” Thompson said. “We need him to control the team.”

It was senior night at Crestview but in this everchanging climate, it didn’t have the same feeling as most senior nights do.

“It really doesn’t even feel like senior year, it’s just weird,” Golden said. “We came out and we did Rebel basketball and that’s all we did.”

This was Crestview’s first game out of five in an eight day stretch.

“Honestly, we are just anxious to get started,” Gates said. “We aren’t going to worry about that many games. We are just anxious to play.”

For Wellsville, it is about learning from every opportunity possible.

“I think we will be alright once we get some time in,” Thompson said. “We got time to get it all corrected before Saturday.”

Crestview is next in action today at Lisbon with a 4 p.m. jayvee start time.

Wellsville will head to Conotton Valley next Saturday.

In jayvee action, Crestview won 41-20. Wyatt Miller led Crestview with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Eddie Stock led Wellsville with eight points.

WELLSVILLE : 17-13-16-6–52

CRESTVIEW: 11-16-9-20–56

WELLSVILLE SCORING: Luke Green 4-4-14, Isaiah Greathouse 4-1-12, Jaxon Brewer 6-2-13, Gavin Kountz 3-1-9, Kolby Ramsey 1-0-2, Korbin Kersey 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 18, 8-11: 52

CRESTVIEW SCORING: Brandon Yanssens 2-1-6, Kirkland Miller 5-0-10, Jack Yerkey 1-2-4, Drake Golden 8-1-20, Tony Perorazio 4-2-11, Connor Hughes 1-3-5, Anthony Cusick 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 21, 9-14: 56

Three-point goals: Wellsville 8 (Greathouse 3, Green 2, Kountz 2, Brewer), Crestview 5 (Golden 3, Perorazio, Yanssens).

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