PHILO – Sheridan head coach Doug Fisher wanted to see his team respond quickly to the adversity following Tuesday’s loss at Tri-Valley. “After Tuesday’s loss, we talked in practice about coming out Friday and playing with a chip on our shoulders,” Fisher said. Sheridan did just that, using a big second quarter to take control and cruise to a 77-41 victory over host Philo in Muskingum Valley League boys basketball action on Friday night.
Landen Russell had a career-high 30 points to go with six rebounds and six steals for the Generals (9-1 MVL, 12-2). Nate Johnson added 12 points while Ethan Malone and Logan Ranft chipped in 10 points each. Owen Smith had 16 points in the losing effort for the Electrics (0-10 MVL, 1-14), and A.J. Clayton added 15 points.
Sheridan got off to a slow start offensively while Clayton pumped in five early points to guide Philo to an 8-4 lead. However, the Generals responded with the next eight to lead 12-8 after one quarter. The Electrics got as close as 18-15 in the second quarter, but a 17-4 run to close the quarter pushed the Generals advantage to 35-19 at halftime. A 26-16 third quarter and 16-6 final frame from Sheridan would finish things off. Fisher noted the slow start, but was pleased to see his team respond quickly following a timeout when they were trailing 8-4. “We knew that if we could speed them up, that would be to our advantage,” Fisher said. “So we started to pressure them full court and that led to some turnovers, which helped get our offense going.”
Philo coach Greg Haberfield acknowledged the full court press and turnovers changed the complexion of the game. “Sheridan has length and they made things tough for us,” he said. “We were hanging around early, but we really struggled against their pressure with turnovers and that hurt us in the end.” Russell, who finished 12-of-19 from the field, including 4-of-6 on triples, was happy to see his shots falling again after some recent shooting woes. “I’ve really been putting in some extra work on my shot after practice,” he said. “Once I saw the ball go in a few times early, it really got my confidence up for the rest of the game.” Russell also feels that the team’s chemistry is great right now, which is helping their performance on the floor. “Everybody knows their strengths and it is really helping us click as a team,” he said. “We all trust each other.”
On the other end of the spectrum, Haberfield feels his team will eventually turn the corner. “This is obviously a young group,” he said. “But we will continually to work on getting better.”
Behind 21 points from Kyle Peters, Sheridan also won the reserve contest 65-32. Wesley Wilson had 12 points in the losing effort for Philo.