Fort Frye boys fall to Meadowbrook in opener

Photo by Ron Johnston Fort Frye’s Kelton Fogel, right, dribbles the ball as Meadowbrook’s Eric McCullough defends during a high school boys basketball game Tuesday in Beverly.

BEVERLY — Fort Frye High faced a tall task in its season opener.

The Cadets struggled offensively from the get-go, and ultimately dropped a 62-36 decision to visiting Meadowbrook High in non-conference boys’ basketball action Tuesday night.

“We were just outsized and outmatched,” said FFHS head coach Eric Henniger. “Meadowbrook’s an awesome team. “They came out and kicked our butts, and that’s just the way it is.”

Fort was paced by Luke Nelson’s eight points — all in the second half. Brady Schilling and Kelton Fogel each added seven. Fogel had all of his points in the first half.

“No one’s there yet,” said Meadowbrook boss Scooter Tolzda. “And you’re going to hear from Fort Frye yet down the road. They’re going to win their games, and later on we might see them again.”

The Colts (1-0), an Ohio Division II (D3 this season) Final Four team last season, were led by 6-foot-5 senior Davis Black and 6-4 Addy Black, who each scored 16 points.

Junior Jon McCall chipped in with 11.

“All in all, we had a little adversity, because we didn’t have two starters (Dylan Webster and Peyton Neff) in there tonight — and we had a lot of young kids in there,” Tolzda said. “But I thought with our size and our defense, we were able to control the boards, control the tempo of the game, and got buckets it seemed like when we needed to. And, all in all, I thought we did a pretty good job of defending the 3s.”

After Fort took a 2-0 lead on two freebies by Fogel, Meadowbrook scored 16 unanswered points and never looked back. During the surge, Davis Black and Addy Black each scored seven points.

“That late run there just kind of broke it open,” Tolzda said. “We have that capability, and we can run.”

Early in the second quarter, non-starter Caden Fryman scored the Cadets’ first field goal of the contest at the 7:14 mark, reducing the deficit to 19-4. But the Colts just had too much firepower, and led 32-14 at the intermission.

At the start of the second half, Fort had a 7-0 run on buckets by Greenleaf, Nelson, and Schilling, cutting it to 32-21. But Meadowbrook still outpointed the Cadets, 15-13, in the period.

“We got it down to 11, but they just kept extending their lead,” Henniger said. “There’s a lot of things we have to work on.

“It’s early in the season, and if you expect to come out and beat a team like that right away, it’s not going to happen.”

Meadowbrook 62, Fort Frye 36

Meadowbrook 16 16 15 15 — 62

Fort Frye 2 12 13 9 — 36

MEADOWBROOK (1-0)

Davis Black 5 4-5 16, Addy Black 4 7-8 16, Jon McCall 5 0-2 11, Boston Black 1 0-2 2, Davis Singleton 2 0-0 4, Elijah Chandler 0 1-2 1, Zach Rusnak 1 0-0 3, Logan Fox 2 2-3 6, Chance Carpenter 0 0-0 0, Eric McCullough 1 0-0 3. TOTALS: 21 14-22 62. 3pt goals: DBlack 2, ABlack 1, McCullough 1, Rusnak 1, McCall 1.

FORT FRYE (0-1)

Nic Hart 1 2-2 4, Luke Nelson 2 3-4 8, Devin Layton 1 0-0 3, Dylan Hart 0 0-0 0, Kelton Fogel 2 2-4 7, Zane Greenleaf 2 1-3 5, Draeden Turner 0 0-0 0, Caden Fryman 1 0-1 2, Brady Schilling 3 1-2 7. TOTALS: 12 9-16 36. 3pt goals: Layton 1, Nelson 1, Fogel 1.

Next game: Meadowbrook at Coshocton Friday; John Marshall at Fort Frye, 7:30 p.m. Saturday

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