Photo by Greg Markovich
(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – In the first battle between two of the top teams in the division, Walsh fell to visiting Ashland by a count of 76-71 in Alumni Arena on Thursday evening. The Cavaliers (13-6, 6-6) and Eagles (12-6, 7-5) came into the contest tied with each other for second place in the GLIAC's South Division.
Jameel Moore played his best game of the year as he recorded a season-best 21 points. He was 7-of-14 from the field with three 3-pointers. Zac Carter, the fourth-best scorer in the nation, was held below his average but still reached the 20-point plateau. Half of his points were scored at the free throw line as he went 10-of-11 from there on the night.
Trey Fletcher also had a solid night as he finished with 17 points off the bench. He was 8-of-14 from the field overall as the final Cavalier in double-figures.
Walsh trailed for most of the game, but made a late run in the final minutes. Down 70-63 with 1:24 to go, Carter cut the deficit to five with a layup before Moore stole the inbounds pass and dished it to Carter on the left wing. Carter spotted up for three, but was fouled on the play to send him to the line where he sank all of his attempts.
That put the score at 70-68, but the Cavs could get no closer as Ashland answered with the next four points on a pair of free throws and a layup.
Ashland was led by Boo Osborne who scored 23 points. He got the Eagles off to a hot start with 14 points with four 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the game. He finished the night 7-of-9 overall and 6-of-8 from behind the arc.
The Maroon and Gold will return to action Saturday as it hosts Tiffin for Wall of Fame Weekend. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. with the 2017 Wall of Fame Class being presented at halftime. Included in that group will be former men's basketball players Brandon Weems and Corey Jones, members of the 2005 national championship team.