Prep boys basketball: Tigers fall to Bobcats

The Cambridge Bobcats outscored the Marietta Tigers 26-3 in the decisive third quarter and went on to a dominating 55-33 win in an East Central Ohio League contest Tuesday night at Sutton Gymnasium.

The Bobcats, undefeated in conference play, held the Tigers to just 13 points in the opening half, but MHS managed to stay within striking distance as they trailed by only 10 at the halfway mark by a 23-13 margin.

The Bobcats got the second half started on consecutive scores by Kyle Ritz and Caleb Tingle to increase their lead to 27-13.

After Braden Riley converted on one-of-two free throw attempts, Cambridge erupted for a 22-2 run the rest of the quarter that would end any hopes the Tigers had to pull off an upset.

Devon Francis got the run started for Cambridge with a driving bucket and Ritz followed with a steal and a slam dunk to make it 31-14.

Ritz wasn’t finished yet as the Bobcat senior scored the next seven Cambridge points and the rout was on.

The Tigers bounced back to play a solid fourth quarter, actually outscoring Cambridge 17-6 in the final period, but by then the only thing left to be decided was the final score.

Seventh year Tiger head coach J.D Secrest was a little disappointed in his team’s effort, especially their play in the opening half.

“We just got it handed to us tonight right from the get-go,” said Secrest, whose squad made just 9-of-40 field goal attempts in the game. “It just seems like Cambridge wanted it a little more than we did tonight and that is kind of frustrating.”

Cambridge has ‘handed’ it to more than just one opponent this season as the Bobcats improved to 16-1 on the season, with their only loss of the season coming in December to John Glenn High School.

Ritz had an outstanding game, leading the Bobcats with 19 points, while also contributing seven rebounds and seven steals.

Francis added 14 points for CHS, including both of his attempts from behind the arc.

The Tigers were led in scoring by Reid Chwalek and sophomore Corey Hill with seven points apiece, while Cameron Benson added six.

Riley pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds while adding six points for MHS.

“Cambridge is a very good team, they are undefeated in the league for a reason,” said Secrest. “We just have to start tomorrow in practice and get better.”

The loss dropped the Tigers season record to 6-10 and 2-7 in ECOL play.

MHS will continue league play when they travel to Dover Friday night to take on the Tornadoes.