Shaheen’s 28 carries BW to 65-61 OCC nod over Watkins
News Staff Reports
Just when it looked like Big Walnut was done, senior Adam Shaheen’s inside dominance led the Golden Eagles on their comeback of the season as they outscored visiting Watkins Memorial 25–14 in the final quarter to secure a thrilling 65–61 Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division victory over the Warriors last Tuesday night (January 29) in Sunbury.
After a 10 opening-period deadlock, Watkins Memorial (5–12, 2–8 OCC) caught fire in the second quarter. The Warriors outscored the Golden Eagles 22–13 in the period to take a 9-point, 32–23 advantage into the intermission.
Big Walnut (6–11, 2–8 OCC), closing the Watkins lead to 47–40 with a 17-point third quarter, went to work behind firepower of Shaheen in the final 8 minutes. The 6-foot-6 senior, tallying 14 of his game-high 28 points in the period, finished the night with 12 field goals and 4 free throws as the Golden Eagles snapped a 5-game losing streak dating back to January 5 when they defeated Horizon Science Academy 72–41.
Shaheen had double-figure scoring support from senior Zach Laughman and junior Logan Boyd. Laughman, who counted four of Big Walnut’s eight three-pointers, finished with 14 points. Boyd, with two treys, followed closing with 11 points. Sophomore Matt Tarney and junior Chase LaVeer also counted threes.
Thomas O’Sickey, with three threes, paced Watkins Memorial with 14 points while Jared Clark and Aarmanni Garnett followed with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
MOUNT VERNON 38, BIG WALNUT 37 — The Golden Eagles came close, but watched a lead slip away in the closing seconds.
Big Walnut held a 37–35 lead in the waning seconds, but was unable to close the deal as 6-foot-2 senior guard Duke Cunningham converted a 3-point play for the host Yellow Jackets (8–10, 3–8 OCC) with 6 seconds remaining to escape with the 1-point Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division win Friday night in Mount Vernon.
The game was tight throughout the entire 32 minutes of play. Big Walnut (6–12, 2–9 OCC) claimed a 17–15 halftime lead thanks to a 12–9 second-quarter effort. But Mount Vernon came back to outscore the Golden Eagles 23–20 on the second half to record the come-from-behind victory.
Mount Vernon won the third period 11–10 to close to within a point of the lead, before taking the final period 12–10 to account for the final margin on Cunningham’s game-winning 3-point play.
Cunningham led the Yellow Jackets with 11 points while 5–7 junior guard Alex Gilbert and 6–3 sophomore post Tyler Galbraith backed their teammate with 7 points apiece.
Senior Adam Shaheen led Big Walnut with a game-high 13 points while junior Logan Boyd closed with eight points in the Golden Eagles’ eighth loss in 10 road games. Big Walnut is 4–4 at home.