BW edges Newark Catholic to win First Federal Savings Holiday tourney

By Gary Henery News Managing Editor

January 1, 2014

The Golden Eagles played long ball at the First Federal Savings Holiday Tournament.

Big Walnut buried seven three-point goals in defeating host Newark Catholic 53-40 in the tournament’s championship game play Friday Saturday night in Newark.

In Friday’s first round matchup with Alliance Marlington, Eric Myers’ cagers netted 10 treys, including the game-winner by Matt Tarney in the waning seconds, in a 61-60 victory over the Dukes.

Big Walnut (4-4) closed out Newark Catholic (7-2) with an 18-0 fourth-quarter run led by Michael Buckles to turn what was a 35-35 tie at the end of three quarters into a 13-point victory. The Golden Eagles counted seven three-pointers, including three by Tarney, in the win. Buckles, Zac Asher, Logan Boyd, Chase LaVeer and Buckles also netted treys.

Buckles netted 7 of his game-high 15 points in the fourth-period Golden Eagle scoring spree. Boyd followed Buckles with 12 points while Tarney added 9 and Asher 8 points.

Max Hogue, who counted a trio of treys, led the Green Wave with 11 points. Joe Moerman followed with 10 points.

BIG WALNUT 61, ALLIANCE MARLINGTON 60 — With the Golden Eagles trailing 60-58, Matt Tarney drilled his fourth 3-point basket with eight seconds remaining on the clock to give Big Walnut a 3-point lead. The Dukes’ Tyler Oakes, who had four treys on the night, launched a three that fell short of its mark as time ran out.

Logan Boyd, who hit two threes on the night, paced Big Walnut (3-4) with a game-high 18 points. Nick Herbert, who joined the longball parade with three threes, followed with 17 points. Tarney connected on four treys and finished with 12 points.

Marlington led 24-19 after the first 16 minutes, but Big Walnut rallied, outscoring the Dukes 22-16 in the third quarter to take a 41-40 lead going into the deciding fourth quarter. In what was a competitive final eight minutes, both teams put 20 points on the board to set the stage for Tarney’s game-winning basket.

Thomas Mason led Marlington, matching Boyd with 18 points. Oakes followed with 16 and Jacob Sawman with 11 points.