Ewusiak’s 38 Paces Madonna

Blue Dons get best of Bishop Donahue, 76-64

Photo by Cody Tomer Madonna’s Joey Ewusiak (23) looks to get around a screen from teammate Justin Canei on Bishop Donahue’ Anthony Robbins.

WHEELING — While the game went back and forth for the majority of the first half, Madonna ended it on a 10-2 run to take an eight-point lead into halftime. That run sparked another one in the third quarter as the Blue Dons saw their lead get to as many as 20. Senior Joey Ewusiak tallied 38 points and had a great supporting cast as Madonna defeated Bishop Donahue, 76-64, in the opening round of the Undo’s-Main Street Bank Holiday Tournament on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University.

“We know Donahue is well coached and they are going to give everything they got every single night. They have a lot of shooters that can beat you on the perimeter,” Blue Dons coach Chris Blair said. “Overall our defensive effort was there, even though we blew some assignments. We didn’t play mistake-free, but I’d like to see us play better. Overall it was a good game by our boys and I’m proud of them.”

After a pair of free throws by Taylor Straughn to knot the game up at 25-25, the Blue Dons made their first spurt with 2:35 left in the second quarter.

A Tavon Jeter bucket was followed by a Ewusiak 3-pointer to put the score at 30-25.

Junior Holmes contributed the final points of the half for Bishop Donahue, but Madonna scored the final five as the scoreboard read 35-27.

“I honestly think they played harder than we did,” Bishop Donahue coach Tom Wise said. “They got the 50-50 balls. Defensively, we were very weak. Ewusiak played a fantastic game. He got some help from his teammates.

“We’re disappointed with a lot of stuff we did. We didn’t do it with the way we have been playing and the results speaks for itself.”

Ewusiak scored 13 of the first 15 points of the third quarter for Madonna and it never looked back.  His final bucket of the quarter put the score at 54-34 with 1:28 remaining.

“It was nice to have him back,” Blair said of Ewusiak. “We kept telling Joey he struggled early on. He couldn’t find his rhythm in the first couple of games. We just kept telling him, ‘You’re too good of a player. It’s going to find you. Keep shooting the ball.’ We wanted to give him as much confidence as we could. We knew it was only a matter of time when he was going to have a game like (Wednesday).

“He’s fully capable of doing this every single night. He’s a terrific talent. He’s a really good shooter. I’m really happy for him for the performance he had in front of the OVAC crowd here.”

Jeter also scored in double digits for the Blue Dons as he tallied 14 points while Jimmy Mazzone and Hunter Payne each contributed with seven each.

Straughn led the way for the Bishops with 27 points, while Anthony Robbins and Junior Holmes had eight a piece.

Bishop Donahue gave it all it had down the stretch and cut the lead to 12 late in the fourth quarter, but the hole was too deep to dig out of.

“Sometimes you can’t get over the hump,” Wise said. “Sometimes you spend a lot of energy to get back within striking distance. They played harder and better than we did. It was their night.”

Regular Season

Martins Ferry 69

Buckeye Local 47

CONNORVILLE — Darius Ray led the way with 23 points, Shane Schuster added 21 and Martins Ferry continued its hot start with a victory against Buckeye Local.

McCabe Masters added 12 for the Purple Riders.

Shane Heitz paced the Panthers with 15 points, followed by Michael McCain with 11 and Sean Millard with 10.

River 76, Paden City 52

HANNIBAL — Lukas Isaly paced River with 18 points as River used a big first quarter to knock off Paden City.

Jordan Doty chipped in with 13 points for the Pilots, while Cody Hupp and Isaac Curtis each scored 11.

Aaron Heasley netted a game-high 28 points and added five rebounds for the Wildcats. Matt Saxson had 11 and Aaron Heasly added 10.

Bellaire 82, Harrison Central 58

CADIZ — Justyn Keyser scored 27, Chase Yoho was right behind him with 26 and Bellaire rolled Harrison Central.

Ty Camsky added 12 for the Big Reds.

Dylan Redish paced the Huskies with 19 points, followed by Logan Elliott with 11.

Frontier 50, Bridgeport 43

BRIDGEPORT — Bridgeport couldn’t overcome a rough middle two quarters in which it scored nine total points in a setback to Frontier.

The Bulldogs were paced by senior Guy Pagano’s 12 and Macrea Doyle’s 10.

Frontier was led by Wyatt Smitley’s 20 and Brent Host’s 16.

St. John 95, Beallsville 42

BELLAIRE — Cody Hamilton four double-digit scorers with 22 points as St. John dominated Beallsville.

Logan St. John added 20 for the Fighting Irish, followed by Cameron Opic (18) and Aaron Rataiczak (13),

Kolton Rush scored 15 for the Blue Devils, while Bryce Loupen added 10.

St. Clairsville 63, Indian Creek 56

WINTERSVILLE — St. Clairsville got back on the winning track as Michael Scarnecchia knocked down five 3-pointers en route to a game-high 24 points. Logan Williams added 16 and Matt Greenwood 14 for the Red Devils.

Austin Freshwater and Greg Wade had 12 points each for the Redskins. Andy Waggoner added 10.

Union Local 59, John Marshall 48

GLEN DALE — Ty Kildow led the Jets to victory with 16 points as they topped host John Marshall.

Jeremiah Mott turned in 14 points, Cal Kildow supplied 11 and Cody Ray added nine in awin.

The Monarchs were led by Logan Grimm who accumulated 14 points, while Krsna Nathini garnered 10.

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