Colonel Crawford outlasts Buckeye Central

By Chad Clinger -

NORTH ROBINSON — The Colonel Crawford boys basketball team beat Buckeye Central on Friday, 58-51. With the victory, Colonel Crawford bumps its record to 16-4 overall and 13-2 within the N-10. Buckeye Central drops to 9-11 and 7-8.

Crawford led for most of the ballgame. After the first quarter, the Eagles were up 17-10. Buckeye Central refused to go down without a fight however and would storm back in the second to outscore the Eagles and cut the lead to just two points at halftime, 27-25. The third quarter belonged to Crawford, as they held the Bucks to just nine points while adding on 13 of their own to take a 40-34 lead into the final quarter of play. Again, the Bucks pushed back by scoring 17 in the fourth but it would not be enough as the Eagles tacked on 18 additional points en route to the seven-point victory.

Heath Starkey recorded another double-double on Friday, leading all Crawford scorers with 12 points to go along with 14 rebounds, an assist and six blocks. Fellow big man Harley Shaum finished the night in double figures as well, scoring 10 points to go with two rebounds and a block. Cameron McCreary posted a 10-point game against the Bucks, as well as six rebounds, three assists and a steal. Brody Martin had four rebounds, six assists and eight points for the Eagles. Gavin Feichtner also chipped in eight points in the win. Rounding out the Crawford scoring was Hayden Bute with six points and Jordan Fenner with four points.

Colonel Crawford shot 22/40 from the field on the night, including 5/13 from downtown. At the free-throw line, the Eagles converted on nine of 13 attempts. Head Coach David Sheldon’s team ripped down 29 rebounds against the Bucks to go along with 14 assists, seven blocks and two steals while committing just seven turnovers for the contest.

For Buckeye Central, Jacob Shade, the third leading scorer in the N-10, put up 15 points. Max Loy chipped in 12 points.

Crawford plays Ontario Warriors tonight. On Friday Feb. 24, they will be on the road for the conference and regular season finale against the Upper Sandusky Rams. Upper is 21-0 on the season, untouched in the N-10 at 15-0 and currently ranked No. 1 in the state in Division II boys basketball.

By Chad Clinger

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