SIDNEY — A big first half led the Lehman Cavaliers to their third consecutive victory Friday night, this one in Northwest Central Conference play, 54-48, over visiting Riverside in the Lehman gym.
The Cavaliers go to 2-1 in the NWCC and 4-6 overall and will try to make it four in a row tonight at Mississinawa Valley in non-league play.
The Pirates are now 0-3 in the league and 2-9 overall and host West Liberty-Salem on Tuesday.
The Cavaliers poured in 35 points in the first half, leading 20-12 after one quarter and expanding the margin to 35-18 at the half.
The Pirates mounted a comeback in the third quarter, outscoring the Cavs 13-5, with Trey Helmlinger getting eight points.
The Cavs were outscored again in the final period, but had enough of a lead to survive.
“We’re so young and we’re not mentally tough yet,” said Lehman coach Tim Gleason. “We came out and played probably our best first half of the season, but then didn’t play well in the second.”
Kam Lee got the Cavaliers off to the strong start, dropping in three three-pointers in the opening quarter. He went on to lead everybody in scoring with 20 points, and was the only Cavalier in double figures.
Riverside had two in double figures, with Helmlinger finishing with 15 and Hank Harshbarger 12.
Riverside (48) — Sanford 4, Harshbarger 12, Helmlinger 15, Knight 6, Willoby 2, Ritzma 2, Kreglow 5.
Lehman (54) — Gilardi 6, Magoteaux 4, Rourke 7, Rodgers 9, Arnold 8, Lee 20.
Score by quarters:
Three-pointers: Riverside 2 (Harshbarger 2); Lehman 6 (Lee 4, Arnold 1, Rourke 1).
Records: Lehman 4-6, Riverside 2-9.
Russia 43, Houston 33
RUSSIA — Houston threw a major scare into league leading Russia, forcing the Raiders to come from behind in the final period before pulling out a 43-33 victory in SCAL play Friday.
Russia goes to 6-1 in the league and 11-2 overall heading to Triad tonight.
Houston is 1-6 in the league and 1-10 overall and hosts Covington Tuesday.
Houston took a 30-29 lead with five minutes remaining in the game, but the Raiders rallied back and avoided a major upset.
Jack Dapore led the Raiders with 21 and had all five of the team’s three-pointers.. Cameron Arnold and Howie Ludwig both had 14 for Houston.
Houston (33) — Leist 1, Shoemaker 4, Ludwig 14, Arnold 14.
Russia (43) — Cordonnier 2, Sherman 5, Cohee 4, Tebbe 7, Dapore 21, Kearns 4.
Score by quarters:
Three-pointers: Houston 4 (Ludwig 4, Arnold 2); Russia 5 (Dapore 5).
Records: Russia 11-2, Houston 1-10.
VERSAILLES — The Versailles boys took care of Marion Local 56-41 Friday in MAC action.
Versailles plays Tri-Village at 11:30 a.m. Monday in the Flyin’ To The Hoop tournament at Trent Arena.
Justin Ahrens led Versailles with 20 points and AJ Ahrens scored 10.
in CCC action
In CCC action Friday night, Bradford defeated Missisinawa Valley 69-47, while Newton lost to Arcanum 69-47.