Chillicothe has shown the ability this season to use its athleticism to attack the basket, especially in transition. In a District semi final, the Cavs faced a State ranked (23-1) Bradley team that has only given up 50 points twice all year.
The Jaguars have held opponents under 40 points fifteen times. Defense and efficiency won out at Central Crossing as the Jaguars shut down Chillicothe’s attack holding the FAC champs to a season low 30 points.
Bradley’s help side defense repeatedly took away Cavalier drives forcing contested shots in traffic, long Cavalier possessions, and few transition opportunities. The Cavs did get some open looks at threes but managed only 2 of 12 on the night from three point land.
Bradley jumped out quickly going up 15-4 after one period. The Cavaliers got their feet under them after a shaky first quarter, but could never get the lead back to single digits. Chillicothe actually outscored Bradley 19-18 in the second half.
Senior Branden Maughmer finished a brilliant career with 10 points to lead the Cavs. Senior brothers Will and Simon Roderick each hit for 6 points. Jayvon Maughmer had 8, as the two sibling combinations scored all 30 points.
Chillicothe shot 12 of 31 for 39%. The Cavs committed 11 turnovers for the game. The Jaguars shot 53% from the floor hitting 17 of 32 shots, including 4 of 11 on threes.
Coach Eric Huffer’s squad finishes 17-7 with a FAC 10-0 Championship. The Cavs say goodbye to a tremendous group of 7 seniors. Branden Maughmer, Will and Simon Roderick, Jason Benson, and Jalen Jordan have all started for the Cavs this season. Darius Lawson and A.J Corbin finish out a class that put up a lot of wins including 17 this year.
Listen to our final Cavs game of the season on our podcast link below as Greg Bigam and Lou Postage of the play-by-play call as heard Wednesday night on News Radio WBEX....