Updated Sat, Jan 25, 2014 12:56 am
After a slow start to their season, the Federal Hocking Lancers have picked up some steam and defended their home floor as they upset the Wildcats from Waterford Friday night, 54-45.
The win tonight extended the Lancers winning streak to five games and was their sixth win in their last eight games.
Waterford came into the game sitting behind Southern for first in the TVC-Hocking, while Fed Hock was looking up from fifth place.
Waterford opened the game with a tough 3-2 zone that gave the Lancers some trouble and causing them to make mistakes. Waterford also struggled to keep up with the fast paced play of Fed Hock.
The game got off to a cold start as both teams struggled to find some rhythm on offense. With 3:25 remaining in the first quarter, the teams were tied at 5 apiece.
At the end of a tough first quarter, the Lancers and Wildcats were all knotted up at 11.
With the game up for grabs after the first eight minutes, Pete Crum and the Lancers decided to take over.
The Lancers offense picked up steam in the second quarter with better off-the-ball movement and smarter passes.
Then Pete Crum happened.
A 3-point jumper from Crum with 4:45 left in the half sparked a 12-2 run from the Lancers to close the half.
Crum contributed 9 of his 18 points on the night to the 12-2 run.
Going into the locker room, the Lancers led 31-21.
Federal Hocking came out of the locker room cold, missing five of their first six shots. With the Lancers going cold from the field, the Wildcats’ claws came out.
Waterford came out of the half on fire, going on a 13-5 run to open the half. The run made it a ballgame again, as the Wildcats found themselves down 38-36 with 3:48 left in the third quarter.
Both teams began trading punches and the Lancers held a 43-39 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The final quarter started the same way the game did, with both steams struggling to hit shots.
Fed Hock went scoreless for the first three minutes of the quarter, but their up-tempo style of play kept Waterford to only two points.
With 3:12 remaining in the game, Fed Hock led 47-43.
That would be as close as Waterford would get, as the Lancers went 7-for-10 from the charity stripe to put the game on ice and give them the victory.
Tryston Crawford led the way for the Wildcats with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Cody Paxton added 16 points of his own, while pulling down a team high 8 rebounds.
Pete Crum had a team-high 18 points for the Lancers, along with 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Ivan Santiago contributed 17 points and grabbed 3 rebounds.
The Lancers (8-6, 5-4) will try to continue their win streak Saturday night as they take on Wahama in a make-up game that was postponed due to weather.
The Waterford Wildcats (8-5, 7-3) will look to bounce back against Wahama on Jan. 28.