Big Reds’ Yoho Goes Off for 40

Bellaire avenges earlier loss to Shadyside, 78-66

BELLAIRE — Chase Yoho’s splendid career at Bellaire High continues to reach new heights.

The brilliant senior guard poured in a season-high 40 points in carrying the Big Reds to an impressive 78-66 triumph over Shadyside, avenging an earlier lopsided loss.

Yoho, whose career best is 51, is 14 points shy of the magical 2,000-point plateau. He should reach the mark tonight when Bellaire (6-11) plays host to Union Local.

“It was a nice win and Chase was a big part of it. Not only did he pour in 40, he did it very unselfishly. He also did a great job on the defensive end,” Bellaire coach Ben Doyle said. “I am real pleased with how we came out and played with energy and a commitment to defense.

“When you are making shots, as we were, the game becomes a lot easier. Shadyside really handed it to us down there. It was nice to see that we are making improvement.”

Bellaire grabbed a 15-12 first-quarter lead and were never headed.

Yoho fueled the fast start with eight points in the quarter while Gabe Rejonis delivered five. Senior ace Josh Zandron netted six points for the Tigers.

The Big Reds broke matters wide open courtesy of a 26-point second quarter.

Yoho was once again the catalyst. The backcourt dandy pumped in 13 more in while Woody Maupin dropped in a a pair of 3-pointers as the hosts took a 41-22 upper hand into halftime.

The final 16 minutes saw the Tigers claw no closer than 10, that coming on several occasions in the fourth quarter. Yoho slammed the Orange coffin shut, however, with 14 points in the fourth quarter.

Big Reds’ steady senior Mason Ramsay turned in his usual solid effort with 14 points and strong board work. Junior Jacob Marthaler chipped in with nine points.

“We weren’t ready to play. That was obvious. They took it to us right off the bat,” Shadyside coach Ed Andes said. “We didn’t defend. We made it easy for them.

“Give Coach Doyle credit. They are getting much better. We had our way with them at our place. Things get no easier for us. We have a real tough stretch now with Cameron, Wheeling Central and Union Local in our next three games.”

Zandron turned in a sharp 24-point effort in a losing cause. Talented sophomore Kelly Hendershot produced 14 for the Tigers while hard-working Alex Krupa ended with 10.

“I thought Gabe (Rejonis) was exceptional on the defensive end. Mason was his usual solid self,” Doyle said. “We have won three of our last four. Our younger kids are stepping up. Union Local will be a big test (tonight).”

The Big Reds committed seven turnovers while Shadyside totaled nine.