Chieftains top Tigers, 66-48
Logan comes out firing against Marietta
MARIETTA — Playing in just its second game of the season, Logan put on an absolute shooting clinic Friday night at Sutton Gymnasium.
The Chieftans knocked down 12 of their first 16 3-point attempts as they spoiled senior night for the Marietta Tigers with a 66-48 win.
Logan shot 46 percent from inside the three-point play line, 55 percent from the free throw line and a blistering 63 percent from beyond the arc as they got assists on 19 of their 24 field goals to roll to their first win.
“It’s frustrating when a team comes into your gym and knocks down shots like Logan did tonight,” said Marietta head coach J.D. Secrest.
“They came in and shot lights out from the start.”
Junior Tegan Myers led the way for the visitors as he connected for six 3-pointers on the night while junior point guard Ashton Mahaffey added three.
The Chieftans hit five of those triples in the opening quarter as they jumped out to a 25-12 lead before Tiger senior Mark Duckworth ended the first period with a long triple at the buzzer.
Logan junior Mason Frasure and Duckworth traded three-pointers to open the second quarter before Logan went on a 7-0 run capped by a trey by Myers to push their lead to 17.
Frasure’s second three-pointer of the quarter gave LHS their biggest lead of the half at 18 before Marietta finished with a three-pointer from sophomore wing Isaac Koast and a field goal by junior Tyler Kytta to trim the Chieftan lead to 38-25 at the break.
Logan made 8-of-12 three-pointers in the first half against the man-to-man defense of the orange and black.
“We were in the position we wanted to be on some of those shots and you have to give them credit for making them,” said Secrest.
Any hopes the intermission would cool down the white-hot Chieftans were quickly dashed when Mahaffey and Myers opened up the second half with long distance connections to quickly push the lead back to 19.
Sophomore center Cayden Alford gave the visitors their first 20-point lead of the game by scoring a put-back bucket off of an offensive rebound and the Tigers would get no closer than 16 points the rest of the way as they slipped to 2-5 on the season.
Myers led Logan with 24 points while also yanking down six rebounds while Frasure finished with 14.
Mahaffey filled his stat sheet with 13 points, seven assists and six rebounds while Alford just missed a double-double with eight points and a game-high eight boards.
Kytta led the way for the home team with 13 on a night that the Tigers honored their four seniors, Duckworth, Tony Munos, Adam Coil and Tyson Shaffer.
Secrest took the time to talk about the contributions each of the four have made to Tiger basketball over their high school careers.
Coil finished with nine points and a team-high seven boards.
“We really tried to emphasize Adam’s rebounding and he has really played hard this year,” said Secrest. “His offensive game continues to get better and we hope to see him getting some double-doubles the rest of the season.”
Duckworth added eight points and a pair of assists.
“Markie hadn’t practiced since December 10th and that can take a toll on a kid but he still gave us a great effort,” said Secrest. “He’s kind of our engine and he battled as he does every single game.”
Munos had an off-game by scoring a season-low five points but his head coach sees brighter days ahead for the four-year starter.
“Obviously Tony struggled a little bit tonight but he’s got unlimited ability,” said Secrest of Munos. “He’s probably one of the quickest kids we have had and he has a chance to play at the collegiate level if he wants to.”
Shaffer returned this season after not participating in basketball the past two years and scored a field goal after getting the start.
“Tyson played his freshman year and came back out this year and has given us a little spark,” said Secrest. ” He can come off the bench in spurts and make something happen and that’s what we need.”
Marietta will travel to Athens on Tuesday evening.