The Walnut Ridge Scots played the Newark Wildcats at the Scholastic Play by Play tournament at Capital University Saturday. Both teams knew they would be playing against a team they are not used to and that the styles of play would clash. Walnut Ridge was looking for a big win in an up and down season.
Newark started the game on fire opening with a 6-0 start. But Walnut Ridge kept the game close with great defense. Newark got the ball inside to big man Teddy Metzen who dominated inside using finesse against the bigger Walnut Ridge posts. Metzen was able to create second chance opportunities for Newark with offense rebounding as the Wildcats controlled the first half.
Newark started the second half aggressively ad tried to put Walnut Ridge away early. Once again the Scots stepped up their defense and kept the game close. In the fourth quarter Walnut Ridge continued their good defense holding Newark scoreless until 1:59 remaining in the game. The Scots also stepped it up offensively getting the ball to the hot hand Rob Wheelwright. Wheelwright took over the game offensively scoring most of his 16 points in the fourth. Walnut Ridge took the lead early in the fourth and was able to hold on with good free throw shooting and the play of Wheelwright to win the game 47-45.
Wheelwright was the Buckeye Muffler Player of the Game. Darnell Miskell got into double figures with 11.
Metzen led Newark with 18 points and Jordan Dartis scored 11.
PHOTOS BY CHRIS LEAPER