Potters slam rivals
By ANTHONY FIUZA
EAST LIVERPOOL — East Liverpool’s Zavea Green put on a show as the Potters’s boys basketball team wasted no time putting away its rivals from the north during a 75-42 rout of Beaver Local, on Friday night.
Green had a game-high 29 points for the Potters and even got the crowd on its feet with three dunks, including a 360 degree slam in mid-air. Teammate Devin Toothman added 25 points and Cole Dailey posted 8 points.
East Liverpool (2-0) led at halftime, 50-18, and kept its foot on the gas pedal for its second win of the year.
“I just like the fact that we moved the ball. I feel like we have a lot of offensive threats, but it came down to defense today,” Green said. “Their best players didn’t get in double digits and we kept the score low, which allowed us to run away.”
When asked about whether or not he asked East Liverpool head coach Nate Conley to stay in the game to reach 30 points, Green said, “Yes, I did,” with a laugh.
Conley added, “He’s not about himself. He said let’s get these younger kids some time to play and I like that.”
With a huge home victory over Beaver, it’s looking like a good start to the season for the Potters.
“I was unsure coming in. It’s the second game. Beaver Local had a blowout win their first game. They’re senior heavy and they shoot the ball well. I got a lot of respect for their players,” Conley said. “Pappas and Agnew can shoot it. They’re one of the best back courts in the area, but we executed what we wanted to do on defense. We got out in transition. We played a pretty good basketball game tonight.”
Beaver head coach Nick Miller said once Green and Toothman were off to the races it was hard to contain them.
“We couldn’t locate them in transition. Zavea is one heck of an athlete. He gets up and dunks. Once he’s feeling good he’s stepping out and hitting jump shots. Devin is a great ball player. He’s always calm and collected. We have a lot of respect for them, but we could be better. We will be better,” Miller said.
Beaver (1-1) will play again on Tuesday and Miller wants his team to keep believing in one another in order to right the ship.
“We have a great group of kids and we’re led by seniors. We did a lot of good things in the summer and fall. Opening night we looked really good and sometimes you have bad nights,” the Beaver coach said. His team rolled over Columbiana 75-52 for a season-opening victory, on Tuesday.
The Beavers were led by Ethan Agnew, who scored 14 points. Teammate Skylar Pappas added eight points.
Beaver Local will host Harrison Central on Tuesday. East Liverpool will travel to Harrison Central on Friday.
BEAVER LOCAL: 9-9-16-8–42
E LIVERPOOL: 28-22-15-10–75
BEAVER LOCAL SCORING: Skylar Pappas 3 1-1 8, Ethan Agnew 3 6-10 14, Noah Bowyer 1 0-0 2, Logan Blissanbach 2 0-0 6, Michael McKenzie 1 0-0 3, Ethan Stephenson 1 0-2 2, Caden Foster 2 0-0 5, Owen Bzinak 1 0-0 2. TEAM TOTALS: 14, 7-13: 42.
EAST LIVERPOOL SCORING: Zavea Green 13 1-3 29, Devin Toothman 10 2-3 25, Cole Dailey 4 0-2 8, Trey Armstrong 2 2-4 6, Cam Irvine 2 0-0 5, Jamar Allen 1 0-0 2. TEAM TOTALS: 32, 5-12: 75.
Three-point goals: Beaver Local 7 (Agnew 2, Blissanbach 2, McKenzie, Pappas, Foster), East Liverpool 6 (Toothman 3, Green 2, Irvine).