Ferry tops Union Local
• Jets’ Kildow scores 1,000th
MARTINS FERRY – Martins Ferry’s big bodies yielded big problems for Union Local Tuesday night.
DeAndre Pugh and Logan Smith — a pair of 6-5 talents — each turned in double-doubles to lead the Purple Riders to a 60-51 win over the scrappy Jets at Tolbert Gymnasium.
Pugh, a 300-pound all-state tackle, tallied 16 points to go with 15 rebounds while Smith delivered 11 points and 12 boards as Derek
Edwards’ charges improved to 7-3. The hosts owned a whopping 41-17 advantage off the glass.
Union Local all-Ohio guard Cal Kildow reached a personal milestone when he buried a three-pointer at the 3:55 mark of the third quarter to surpass the 1,000-point plateau. He led all scorers with 25 points.
Martins Ferry held double-digit leads for much of the night, including a 47-34 edge entering the final chapter. Union Local would not go away, however, clawing back to within six at 53-47 with 1:24 to play on a Dakota Hess trey.
Ferry used a free throw from Dasyn Hores and two more from Reuben Hilson to stretch the margin to 56-47 with 57.2 ticks showing.
Sophomore Luke Merritt buried a corner trey, bringing the Jets back to within 56-50 with 40 seconds showing.
Smith, however, delivered the clincher for the Purple with a bucket with 20 seconds remaining.
“I am not real happy with our inability to close out the game in the fourth quarter. We had a nice double-figure lead. Then you look up and it is a six-point game,” Edwards said. “We committed 10 turnovers in the second half. That is totally unacceptable.
“But give Union Local credit. Coach (Zach) Delman has his team playing hard. They didn’t quit,” added the former Purple all-Ohio point guard. “I am happy with our half-court defense. I think we guarded well tonight.”
Hores provided fine support for Pugh and Smith with 16 points. Hilson, an energetic sixth man, produced nine points while Donovan Shrodes finished with six.
Kildow was sensational in defeat, scoring 19 points in the second half. Talented senior Elijah Baker enjoyed a fine night with 18 points, including the Jets’ first eight markers of the contest.
“I thought we did a nice job of controlling the tempo in the first quarter. Their offensive rebounding really hurt us in the second quarter,” Delman said. “They also applied nice defensive pressure. That gave us trouble at times as well.
“We made a nice run in the fourth quarter, cutting it to six. We just couldn’t get a key shot to fall,” he added. “I am proud of the effort our kids gave. They played a good second half. I am also happy for Cal reaching the 1,000-point mark.”
Union Local fell to 5-7. The Jets host St. Clairsville Friday. Ferry, whose three losses have come at the hands of St. Clairsville, Steubenville and Wheeling Park, visits Harrison Central that same night.
“DeAndre is a double-double machine. Logan is 6-5 and can defend guards. They are complemented nicely by Cody (Olson), Dasyn, Donovan and Reuben,” he added. “We are still young and learning. We didn’t finish as well as we should but it is a nice win nonetheless.”
Ferry committed 14 turnovers while the Jets had just eight miscues.
Ron Hill’s Purple reserves improved to 6-3 with a 47-37 prelim triumph. Jeff Grubba led the young Riders with 23 points.