Quakers bounce back in a big way

Salem's Zach Bezon shoots as United's Dakota Hill defends during Saturday's game

SALEM — Salem came into Saturday’s game looking to regain momentum from a loss Friday night and United was looking to continue the momentum as they won on Friday night.

“We were feeling it tonight after coming off that loss versus Minerva,” Salem senior Mitch Davidson said. “There was a little fire under us to play well tonight.”

Salem regained that momentum as they handed United 73-42 loss at Cabas Gymnasium.

Salem is now 5-4 on the season. United falls to 8-3.

“We needed a bounce back win tonight,” Salem coach Rich Hart said. “Basketball’s a strange game. You can 1 for 13 one night and make your first five the next night.”

Salem, which was coming off a 71-56 loss to Minerva, pulled away in the second half by outscoring the Eagles 35-18.

“If we made any of those (Friday night0 it would have changed the whole landscape of the game,” Hart said.

In the first quarter Salem’s Davidson made his first five shots from the field with three of those coming from the three point line.

Davidson finished the night with a game-leading 33 points and 10 rebounds for the Quakers.

“Mitch is nice to have on your team,” Hart said. “You wouldn’t want to play against him because he is hard to guard.”

“If you put someone small on him he’ll post you up and if you put someone big on him he’ll drive right by you.”

Davidson rebounded after an 18-point effort against Minerva.

“Tonight I came out and played mad,” Davidson said. “I got my team the ball when I need to and they got me the ball when I needed it. The performances I put up is because of all the hard work we put in over the summer.”

The Eagles made an effort in the second half to get back in the game when they started the half on a 8-2 run to pull the game within eight points at 40-32. The run was capped off by a three from United senior Kaden Smith.

The Quakers responded by going on a 18-5 run to end the third quarter making it 58-37.

“United’s a good team,” Hart said. “They are well coached but I think it was just in the second half when we got it going they started pressing and the score got out of hand.”

Smith finished the with 10 points.

“They had more effort tonight,” United coach Chris Kadvan said. “Shooting wise I don’t think the ball hit the rim in the first quarter because they were shooting lights out. If you can shoot like that you are going to win basketball games.”

The Eagles were led in scoring by senior Dakota Hill with 13 points.

“Early on it looked like we never went against the zone,” Kadvan said. “You have nights like this and you have to continue fighting through. We didn’t do that.”

Salem also saw solid contributions from Josh Young with 14 points and Seth Shivers with eight points. Zach Bezon had five points and five assists while Chase Ackerman pulled down seven rebounds.

“It’s nice to have someone 6-foot-4 (Davidson) and 6-foot-6 (Ackerman) in there if we get beat,” Hart said. “They also do a great job cleaning up the boards.”

“Chase is playing himself back into shape after a slow start. He’s getting better every game.”

Salem returns to Northeastern Buckeye Conference action on Tuesday when they host Marlington.

United resumes Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference play when they travel to Lisbon Tuesday.

“We can’t dwell on this loss,” Kadvan said. “We have a huge week ahead of us when we play Lisbon and get back in to league play.”


¯ This was Salem’s sixth straight victory over United in the Route 9 rivalry. United last won 62-60 at home on Jan. 4, 2008.

“Them being just down the road makes this a big win,” Davidson said. “Them and West Branch are always great to get wins against.”

¯ Players, coaches and cheerleaders wore purple T-shirts for Alzheimer’s awareness.

¯ In jayvee action, Salem won 56-21.

For Salem, Niko Walter had 20 points and Josh Lewhald had 10 points. For United, Brutus Ogilvie had 10 points.



UNITED SCORING: Kaden Smith 3-1-10, Dakota Hill 5-2-13, Parker Hydrick 3-0-7, Alex Birtalan 2-0-4, Landon Baker 2-2-6, Anthony DiBaggio 0-0-0, Nick Rhodes 0-0-0, Nate Miller 0-0-0, Brutus Ogilvie 0-2-2. TEAM TOTALS: 15, 7-12: 42.

SALEM SCORING: Josh Young 5-2-14, Seth Shivers 2-3-8, Turner Johnson 1-0-2, Bryson Gibson 2-0-5, Zach Bezon 2-0-5, Mitch Davidson 13-3-33, Josh Lehwald 1-0-2, Chase Ackerman 2-0-4, Trey Double 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 28, 8-10:73.

Three-point goals: United 5 (Smith 3, Hill, Hydrick) , Salem 9 (Davidson 4, Young 2, Shivers, Bezon, Gibson).