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Boys basketball: Ryan pulls away from Bearcats
PILOT POINT -- As the lineups for Ryan and Pilot Point were announced on Friday night, a slew of Raiders were noticeably absent.
Trey Mohair and Daniel Martin were two of many athletes that have yet to complete their work on the gridiron this season.
On the hardwood, Adam Choplick picked up the slack against the Bearcats, dropping 20 points in the 51-41 victory for Ryan, which picked up its first win of the season.
Choplick and Roger Ricks were the only two players to score in double figures for the visitors. Ricks scored 10 points, and Quincy Jones contributed with four points on the night.
After a quiet first half, Choplick stepped up in a big way in the following 16 minutes, scoring 12 of Ryan's 28 second-half points. The 6-9 junior was instrumental during a 12-2 run that spanned the middle quarters.
"I thought tonight they [Pilot Point] did a lot of things to negate his presence," Ryan head coach Bryce Overstreet said. "He battled through it, and got points when he needed points, got rebounds when we needed rebounds, and got some blocks along the way."
The Bearcats were led by Aaron Buckingham, who scored 16 points. Buckingham was silenced by the Raiders defense toward the end of the contest. He was held scoreless in the fourth quarter.
"Our last game, he was a little off, and he was way more aggressive tonight, which I like to see from him," first-year Pilot Point head coach Jeff Price said. "I thought he did a really good job for us."
Wes Heitzman, Travis Price and Mason Richey each had six points in the loss for Pilot Point (1-1).
The Raiders (1-1) did a good job of recovering from a slow start. After trailing 15-7 at the end of the first quarter, Ryan managed to even things up at 23-23 at halftime. From there, the Raiders pulled away, outscoring Pilot Point 28-10 in the second half. Overstreet attributed the slow start to the amount of youth that was on the floor because of the overlapping football season.
"We played with some inexperience right now, and that's the way it's going to be in the early going," Overstreet said. "We have kids that haven't been in this situation at the varsity level, and we've got a little learning curve."
Ryan 51, Pilot Point 41
Ryan 15 8 14 14 -- 51
Pilot Point 7 16 10 8 -- 41
Ryan (1-1) -- Adam Choplick 20, Roger Ricks 10, Quincy Jones 9, Sam Guertler 6, Kevin Ray 3, Gilbert Jackson 3.
Pilot Point (1-1) -- Aaron Buckingham 16, Travis Price 6, Wes Heitzman 6, Mason Richey 6, Bryce Durrett 5, Bruce Randle 2.