Fort Frye starts strong, beats Caldwell 76-49
BEVERLY — Luke Huffman’s trifecta just 21 ticks into Tuesday night’s game started a 3-point barrage as host Fort Frye rolled to a 76-49 victory against Caldwell to earn a sweep of the season series.
The Redskins of head coach Clint Crane, who dropped to 9-6 and had lost to the Cadets 54-34 earlier this month, fell behind 22-4 after one and never recovered.
Caldwell’s Bede Lori canned 10 of 11 charity stripe tosses and led all scorers with 28 points. Teammate Matt Kowalsky added 14 points as well as game-highs of six boards and three blocks, but the Cadet defense was too tough.
Huffman knocked down seven 3s en route to 25 points. Kelton Fogle hit from deep four times and tallied 20 points while Nic Hart contributed 11 points and a game-high six assists for the Cadets (13-1).
“We’ve been doing that a lot lately. We’ve been getting out quick and then kind of slowing down,” said FFHS head man Eric Henniger, whose team is ranked No. 8 in Division III and returns to action Friday at Warren with hopes of avenging their only setback. “It was nice tonight to see us keep our foot on the gas. It makes it a lot easier when Luke Huffman and Kelton are hitting all those 3s in the first and second quarter.
“Starting out with Luke hitting that 3 right on the first possession was one of the things we’ve been talking about and trying to get him open because we thought there was a lot of opportunities for him in this game. Sometimes there is too much focus on Kelton and Nic and Luke’s been doing a good job of taking advantage of that lately.”
Fogle and Braden Medley followed with a triple apiece for a quick 9-0 cushion just 2:29 in. It was 11-0 before Kowalsky scored inside via a Jett Lori assist.
Owen Brown scored two of his eight counters on a layup thanks to a Garrett Lipot dime, which made it 16-4. Caldwell found itself down 18 after one as Huffman and Fogle closed the stanza with 3s.
A steal by Brian Adkins led to a Fogle deuce late in the second and it was 39-16 with 39 seconds left when Hart assisted on Casey Brooker’s lay-in.
Bede Lori was able to make a basket with a second to go to as the visitors trailed 39-18 at the break.
Fort Frye hit 6 of 10 from downtown in the first quarter and went 3 of 7 from deep in the second. The hot shooting coupled with their press, which forced 10 first-half turnovers, was too much for Caldwell.
“We love to play defense first and let that dictate how we play our offense a little bit,” added coach Henniger. “Bede is a great player and he’s going to get his points. You got to try to find a way to make all the other guys score on you.
“Our guys are doing a good job of knowing their personnel tonight and knowing when to help and when not to help. Bede is just a great player and I thought we did a lot of great things against him and he still scores that many.”
Caldwell, which fell behind 50-28 about midway through the third when Adkins leaped and tipped out a rebound to Huffman who drained a 3, trailed 55-39 entering the final eight minutes after Whyatt Parks assisted on Jett Lori’s buzzer-beating trey.
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