Steubenville Takes Down Steubenville Catholic

Photo by Andrew Grimm Steubenville’s Trillyun Jones (10) dribbles down court past a Steubenville Catholic defender in Saturday’s game.

STEUBENVILLE — In a game featuring contrasting style, the Steubenville boys’ basketball team ran past city rival Steubenville Catholic.

The Crusaders were patient offensively early on, but eventually Big Red was able to pick up the pace as they pulled away for a 63-37 victory in the first meeting between the two schools Saturday night inside the Crimson Center.

“They had a gameplan,” Steubenville coach Mike Haney said. “They pulled the ball out to half court. They ran motion, and they ran the clock until they got a good shot. We were playing man, and they held it. They held it for four minutes, and they got a bucket out of it.

“At a timeout, we went to a 1-2-2 to try and speed up the tempo. We want to play at a fast tempo, and we weren’t doing that. After the first quarter, the score was 8-8. Then, we were able to speed up the pace, get some turnovers and score in transition.”

Big Red (5-2) led 23-17 late in the second quarter before building a 59-25 advantage in the fourth.

“When you play Big Red, you have to control the game,” Steubenville Catholic coach Chris Tarquinio said. “I think we did a good job of that in the first half. We were in the game. Our gameplan was to slow it down, and we did that.

“At the end of the second, they got that bucket on the tip in. It was 23-17. We had it down to six. That was kind of where we wanted to be. They were able to hit those two buckets, and that hurt us. Then, they were able to play at the pace they wanted.”

Ten players scored for Big Red, three of which reached double digits. James Roundtree tallied a game-high 14 points, Kevin Bishop produced 13 points and Javon Davis delivered 12 points.

Eight players scored in the game for Catholic Central (4-4) — two of which reached double figures. Luca Connor and A.J. Connor each collected 10 points.

After the score was tied at 8-8 at the end of the first, Big Red built a 23-12 lead in the second quarter. The Crusaders pulled within six points, but Roundtree recorded the last four points of the half — the last two coming on a tip in at the buzzer — to give Big Red a 27-17 lead at halftime.

Steubenville broke the game wide open in the third as it outscored the Crusaders 24-7 to take a 51-24 advantage into the fourth.

“We hit a couple of big 3s to push the lead out,” Haney said. “Javon had four 3s. We had seven total. We did a good job shooting the ball.”

Big Red’s lead continued to grow in the fourth.

“We are a team that has to put four full quarters together,” Tarquinio said. “If we do that, we are going to be a good team, and we are going to beat a lot of teams. We have not put four full quarters together in out last four games, and if we don’t do that we are in trouble.

“That is not disrespecting to the kids. They know what to expect. We have to put an entire game together.”

Big Red will have an opportunity to claim the coveted city championship when the two teams play again Jan. 12 at Catholic Central.

“You are playing for the city championship,” Haney said. “This is the first leg. You cannot win the city championship if you don’t win the first leg. Whether you live in town or you come home for the holidays, you will be talking about this 20-30 years down the road.”

The Crusaders will be looking to record a victory on their home court to split the season series.

“You say it is just another game, but it is one you cirlce on your schedule, and it is one you have on your bulletin board,” Tarquinio said. “Losing hurts, but win or lose it’s over. We have to get back to work Monday at practice.”