Crusaders Put End to Golden Bears’ Streak

STEUBENVILLE — The Steubenville Catholic Central boys’ basketball team pulled away from Oak Glen in the third quarter en route to a 54-45 victory, ending the Golden Bears’ 12-game win streak in a packed Mickey Barber Gymnasium on Friday night.

“Our seniors led us to a big win on Senior Night,” Central coach Chris Tarquinio said.

“A.J Connor, Donnie Vandeborne, Josh Costello all did a great job.

“Geno DiBiase played a big role in this too, doing a lot of the things that don’t show up in the box score.”

The game became like a 3-point contest with the two teams combining for 18 from beyond the arc.

“I’m not sure that was the best for us,” Oak Glen coach Jerry Everly said. “I’m disappointed in myself that I couldn’t find a way to make our offense better.

“We knew it was going to be a dog fight and was going to be tough, but it’s a tough way to see the streak end. Hats off to Catholic Central.”

Oak Glen used back-to-back 3-pointers from Wyatt Wiley to take an early 8-3 lead. Central then hit three straight from 3-point land, the last two coming from A.J. Connor, to take a 14-8 lead and force a Golden Bears timeout.

The teams battled to a 23-23 tie at the break before Central busted the game open with a 15-2 run in the third quarter.

Oak Glen got within seven late, but that was as close as it came.

Connor had a game-high 21 points for Central. Vandeborne had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Oak Glen got 10 points and eight rebounds from Marcus Polling. Ethan Travis had seven points and nine boards.