(Pictured above: Unioto's Logan Swackhammer prepares for a three-point attempt)
(A full house was on-hand Friday at "The Jigger")
Unioto used a half-court zone defense instead of the full-court pressure they used the last time they played Paint Valley, and it paid-off to hold the Bearcats to 19/58 from the field for 33%- including 0/8 from the arc in the Shermans 58-40 win Friday at a packed Donald "Jigger" Anderson Gymnasium.
The highly anticipated rematch between the two schools, had people standing in line to enter the gym by 4pm and was half-full an hour prior to the JV game.
The high-octane crowd saw Unioto leap-out to a 9-2 lead and never saw Paint Valley get the deficit under double-digits after an 18-7 first quarter score. The Shermans picked up steam the rest of the way to grab a 35-19 lead at halftime and 47-31 after three periods.
Paint Valley got to within 49-37 and had a three-point attempt that could have cut the margin under 10, but the shot would not drop.
Unioto connected on 24/47 from the field for 51%- including 4/13 from the arc. The Tanks were also 6/11 from the foul line, compared to 2/6 for PV.
Rebounding was almost even, with Unioto edging the Bearcats 32-31. Both teams committed 11 turnovers.
Unioto was led by Logan Swackhammer's 22 points, followed by Gabe Fisher's 20 points and 16 rebounds. He also blocked a couple of shots.
Paint Valley had 22 points and 12 rebounds from Dylan Swingle, along with 12 points and 12 rebounds from Bryce Newland.
The Tanks are now winners of 66 straight SVC games, and are (11-0/14-1). Paint Valley is now (6-5/9-7).
Unioto 58: Logan Swackhammer 22, Gabe Fisher 20, Brandon Kennedy 6, Chance Smith 5, Peyton Hill 4
Paint Valley 40: Dylan Swingle 22, Bryce Newland 12, Caden Grubb 4, Hunter Hamlin 2
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