Adena, Westfall, & Zane Trace all reminded us Friday night why games are not played on paper
By Shayne Combs,
Friday night takes us all back to the preseason talk where there were thoughts of three (maybe four)
losses winning at least a share of this year’s league title. In the
Fast Break section of the recent SVC
Sports Talk podcast show, Unioto and Huntington were both put on upset alert, and perhaps Southeastern
should have been as well.

I was out at Zane Trace Friday night, and this game was as physical as any game I have seen in years.
The atmosphere was amazing and it had an old 90s feel when these two not so friendly rivals got together
on the hardwood. The gym was packed, and both student sections were incredible. In some recent
emails, I have been told that many feel these two student sections are the front runners for this year’s
award on our website, and after Friday, I can’t say that I disagree with the opinions of the fans in this
week’s inbox. I credit the Unioto students for bringing a great act on the road, and the ZT students
are much improved (and the Coach Alley impersonator was classic…very creative) as they are starting to
give their team a much more distinct home court advantage.

As for the game, Unioto came out shooting the perimeter shot well, and they probably fell in love with it a
bit much. They did lead 15-14 after one thanks to a pair of triples from Bryce Arledge and another from
Cole Murray; however, in the second quarter, the ball did not fall as often and Zane Trace responded
with a 17-9 second period to take a 31-24 lead at the half.

Arledge found the hot hand in the second half as the junior knocked down triples number four and five on
the night to start the fourth quarter as Unioto trailed just 43-40. A few minutes later – and ZT still up
three – the Pioneers received consecutive baskets from Wes Beam, Ian Carle, and Jesson Hill to
stretch the lead to nine at 51-42. Twice, Unioto would cut it to seven, but it never got closer than that as
ZT completed the win with Carle and Colton Whitehouse both knocking down a pair of late free throws.

This Zane Trace team is going to be really dangerous down the stretch. Anytime you take a team that has
the talent they do and put them in a relaxed, nothing to lose position, they are going to be really tough to
play. This is especially the case at home, and do not forget, Huntington and Piketon both still travel to
Kinnikinnick before the season’s end.

As for Unioto, the Shermans will rebound from this loss. The good news for them is that Murray and
Chase Detillion both appeared healthy tonight. I know when players return from injury and have been in
and out of practice that substitution patterns and overall rhythm can be hard to establish. With Arledge
shooting as well as he is right now (he had five threes tonight), he is going to make Unioto hard to guard
when Murray and Detillion are back to 100-percent, because he makes it impossible for the defense to
send help without paying the price.

It was definitely a crazy night in the SVC. Again, ZT and WF are both so dangerous because they have
the talent to beat anyone, and with them struggling in the first half, Coach Alley and Coach Mink are both
free to turn their athletes loose and see what happens. As for Adena’s win tonight, that could be a
huge factor in the final SVC standings. Southeastern is going to have to steal one back, and perhaps
Saturday night in Piketon is a great opportunity to do just that. I debated going down to The Oven for that
game, but I think I will stay closer to home and go over to Huntington to watch the two-shade blue fresh
off their first win.

Click here for tonight’s Good Health Chiropractic Center SVC Boys’ Basketball Scoreboard to
try to make sense of this crazy Friday night in the Scioto Valley Conference.