MALVERN - The East Mills boys basketball team hit 5-of-7 three pointers and forced eight turnovers as part of a 24-8 opening quarter in a 81-48 victory over South Page on Friday.
“I think we stunned them without depth,” said East Mills coach Kevin Schafer of his team's opening quarter. “They have a good starting five, but I could tell they didn't want to go to their bench, so we wanted to keep up tempo and use our quickness to wear them down. They tried to pack it in and play a zone to start it and thankfully we were hitting our shots that first quarter.”
The 81 points was a season high for the Wolverines (4-3 overall, 3-1 in the Corner Conference). East Mills shot 46.2 percent from the field for the game (31-of-67) but did not make a three pointer after the first quarter.
Jake Bolton led the Wolverines with 16 points and seven rebounds. The 6-foot-2 junior finally looks healed from a shoulder injury suffered in the Wolverines' final football game last fall, said Schafer.
“He's really been playing well,” he said. “He's had a great week of practice and he played great against Griswold on Thursday. He's always been a good rebounder and defender but we need his offense and he's getting there.”
Luke Schafer added 15 points for East Mills and Nathan Day pitched in 12 points and six rebounds. Jake Doyle and A.J. Westover each added eight.
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Griswold used its deep bench and quickness to pull away from East Mills late in a 51-46 non-conference victory on Friday.
“They really wanted to go up tempo on us and they did,” said East Mills coach Kevin Schafer. “They were full court man-to-man and they would bring in a whole new five about every three minutes.”
East Mills actually led by as many as nine in the first half but allowed the Tigers back in the game.
“We just turned the ball over too much and they grabbed the momentum,” said Schafer.
Luke Schafer led East Mills with 12 points and three steals.
Jake Bolton had 10 points and a career-high 19 rebounds.