OVAC All-Star Basketball: Ohio Boys Pull Away

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Ohio boys came out of the gate in similar fashion as the Buckeye State girls.

This time, however, the West Virginia squad had no answer as Ohio kept its foot on the pedal and pulled away for a rout, 98-69.

The Buckeye State, which was coached by St. Clairsville’s Kim Clifford and Indian Creek’s Joe Dunlevy, found the perfect blend of players as each group played well collectively.

“These guys genuinely liked each other and we could see in practice that they were all about making the right basketball play,” Clifford said. “It was a fun group to coach.”

The Buckeye Staters owned a 42-32 lead at halftime.

As you’d expect, Ohio was balanced in the first half. However, it was the back-court duo of St. Clairsville’s Dan Monteroso and Steubenville’s Periogn West that did the brunt of the scoring work.

Monteroso, who has put forth plenty of impressive performances at the OUE venue, scored nine in the first half, while West netted seven.

West Virginia, which never led in the game, was paced in the first half by future WVU Mountaineer Nathan Adrian, who scored nine of his 11 in the first 20 minutes. Adrian was the lone W.Va. star to crack double figures in the game.

The Ohio side kept pouring it on in the second half. The lead swelled to 33 on two difference occasions.

Monteroso led the way with 21 points. West finished with 18.

Cambridge’s Kyle Ritz added 10, including a pair of impressive dunks. Monteroso’s lone jam came off a well-thrown lob by Beallsville’s Teryn Jarrett.

All 16 Ohio players cracked the scoring column, including Union Local’s Jacob Bailey and St. Clairsville’s Riley Carlton, both of whom are slated to undergo knee surgeries later this spring because of torn ACLs.

Indian Creek’s Frank Kamarec had eight points. Conotton Valley’s Brandon Bailey had nine boards to go along with five points.

Adrian’s production was complemented University’s Travis Tomer, who won the 3-point shootout at halftime. Tomer finished with nine. Parkersburg South’s Doug Dennis added eight.